MHS netters take invite title

By Steve Sell
September 02, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High’s Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers could be the best doubles team in Class 4A.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t play a little singles, too.

Behind Ediger’s championship and Ivers’ fourth-place finish, the Bullpups outlasted Goddard Eisenhower for the tourney title in their first of two home invitationals here Thursday.

MHS scored 53 points and Eisenhower had 48 in what amounted to a two-team race. Other totals were Valley Center (34), Newton (28), Derby (26), Great Bend (18), Elyria Christian (12) and Douglass (8).

Ediger, who was second in the state in singles as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore before combining with Ivers to take second in the state in doubles last year, won 8-3 in the singles finals against Derby’s Ashley Sherrow.

“I know Ellea wanted to win one of the two home varsity meets we host with a singles title to her name,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “I was proud to see her do exactly that, it was well deserved. Rachel Ivers took care of business playing the other singles position getting to the semifinals in a spot she usually doesn't play. She exhibited what a true team player should look like playing in the singles draw where she typically would not play. But she handled her business getting to the semifinals and then finally finishing fourth.”

The other story of the day was the MHS doubles team of Heidi Myers and Maisie Edmonson as they rolled through the division and won the championship match 8-2 over Jessica Sharp and Rachel Binau of Valley Center.

“Heidi Myers and Maisie Edmonson improved with each round that went by,” Brown said. “By the finals they were in full motion, winning 8-2 against the No. 1 seed.”

 Also in doubles, Ashley Achilles and Taylor Bruce took fifth place for some important team points.

The Bullpups had some unattached entries. Rachel Carlson came back through to win the consolation bracket for ninth place. Dapahne Carrillo and Madison Schmidt competed in doubles, finishing in 10th.

“We had a total team effort today.” Brown said.

For Elyria Christian School, which doesn’t have a full team, Makenzie Archer had a good day by taking fifth place, winning three of her four matches. In doubles, Caitlyn Nelson and Shelby Bontrager were 1-3 and took 15th.