SALINA — Ellea Ediger seems to be settling into midseason form.
The McPherson High junior, who was upset in the finals of her first tournament, has now put together outstanding back-to-back championships in high-profile events as she rolled through five matches Saturday to snare the singles championship of the Salina Central Invitational.
Ediger did not lose a single game in her final three matches, including an 8-0 trumping of Goddard’s Sydney LeFebrve in the finals.
“Ellea did exactly what she was capable with the draw that was presented to her,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “She played relaxed and really well.”
Behind Ediger, the Bullpups were second as team with 102 points, while Class 5A power Arkansas City carted home the title with 118 points.
MHS came away with sixth and seventh in doubles, respectively, as Rachel Ivers and Heidi Myers finished a spot ahead of Maisie Edmonson and Cassidy Corrigan. Both teams were 3-2 on the day.
Shelby Gudenkauf was 2-3 in singles for 15th.
“As a team, we are still looking for what our best lineup is,” Brown said. “Also looking at specific things on should our doubles teams be playing the same or different sides than they currently are. This was only our third meet and we are still figuring things out. We head to Smoky Valley for our next tournament and will see many teams most likely that will be in our regional.”
Brown said the doubles teams showed a lot of potential.
“Our doubles teams both lost a tough quarterfinal that I felt on the right day they could of pulled out,” Brown said. “But Saturday just was not that day. On key opportunities we were just not able to capitalize. I was proud of how Rachel and Heidi played their first tournament together. They encouraged each other after every point and showed a lot of energy at times. Cassidy and Maisie showed tremendous heart on bouncing back after a couple of losses to close out the day 8-0 in their final match.”
For Gudenkauf, Saturday was an adjustment.
“Shelby played a different role, as she was our other singles player,” Brown said. “She had been playing doubles the last two meets. She took 15th and really hit a good ball on Saturday. I enjoyed watching the effort Shelby exhibited, her court coverage and how she moved on the court was fun to watch. She never gave up on a ball she was running after everything. She showed tremendous effort.”
There were 15 teams in the field. Rounding out the Top 5 were Salina Central (99), Goddard (81) and Maize (79).