WICHITA — It was a strange weekend for McPherson High’s girls tennis team.
The Bullpups found out late Friday they would be without standout senior Rachel Ivers due to illness.
Then Saturday in the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions, rain forced play to go indoors after the second round.
Because of all the problems, the only Bullpups to get their complete matches in were Ellea Ediger and Maisie Edmonson, who was filling in at doubles for Ivers. The newly formed team advanced to the finals before losing to a team from Blue Valley Northwest that MHS coach Tyler Brown expects to do well at the 6A State Tournament.
“They had an outstanding showing considering Rachel was in the ER the night before and we had to make a late change to scratch Maisie in the singles draw and have her replace Rachel Ivers as Ellea's doubles partner,” Brown said.
The other Bullpups — Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce in doubles and Rachel Carlson in singles — were able to play only two matches since they dropped into the consolation bracket. Brown said normally they would have played five matches, but because of all the delays the tournament wasn’t played completely to finish.
The Bullpups head to Goddard on Tuesday for a quad, then host their second of two McPherson Invitationals on Saturday.