LINDSBORG — For the first time this year, McPherson High’s girls tennis team did not win the tournament it entered in.
Class 3-2-1A power Wichita Independent outlasted the Bullpups 72-64 on Saturday to win the championship of the Smoky Valley Invitational.
“I felt like we were coming off a tournament where we played at an extremely high level in Salina,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “We were just short of capturing another team title, but Wichita Independent won the meet and it was well deserved. We even were able to play them with both doubles teams and both singles players at some point in the draws and only Maisie (Edmonson) was able to walk away with a win against what was their top singles player on that day.”
Edmonson wound up taking third in singles with a 3-1 record, while Rachel Carlson was 3-1 for ninth.
MHS’ doubles team of Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers lost for the first time this year, 8-1 to the Riedmiller sisters of Independent in the finals, who were the No. 1 seed. This could easily have been a state championship finals match.
Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce were 2-2 for sixth place.
Sterling, which finished 1-2 in singles with Madison Thrasher defeating teammate Lindsey Gilmore 8-4 in the finals, tied for third with Smoky Valley as both scored 58 points. Buhler and Marysville both scored 34, while Pratt and Colby did not score on the day.
Smoky Valley’s top doubles team of Katie Bellah and Emily Roets placed fourth, while Meredith Galloway and Tegan Miller were ninth. In singles, Viking teammates Kira Haxton and Sophie Smith met for seventh place, with Haxton prevailing.