Myers, Bruce take 1st at Goddard

By Steve Sell
September 28, 2016

GODDARD — Goddard outlasted McPherson High 8-6 to win the Goddard Tennis Quad on Tuesday.

Wichita Independent (5) and Conway Springs (5), both small-school powers, tied for third in what was a competitive quad as all the teams will be heard from at state.

 Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce at No. 2 doubles went 3-0 to take first. Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers were 2-1 at No. 1 for second.

Ashley Achilles was 1-2 for third at No. 2 singles, while Maisie Edmonson was 0-3 for fourth at No. 1 as the field was loaded with state-ranked players.

“In a quad, you go head-to-head with every team in the four divisions and we split all three rounds 2-2 with every team,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said.

His No. 2 doubles team really stepped up.

“I was happy for Heidi and Taylor going undefeated on the day,” Brown said. “They needed a day of match play that went exactly like that. We have been playing in some big open draws it seems like every Saturday that may actually be as tough as a state tournament.  We still are working on being mentally tough and not letting the letting things that we can not control get to us. We continue to work on and focus on only the things we can control.  That was our focus today.”

Brown said there were still some things that the team needs to work on.

“It seemed like at some point in the day that we let things bother us or get under our skin that were minor or things that really shouldn't matter,” Brown said. “We also need to be more in tune as a team. We can't have just one or two girls that are playing good, we need all six girls to be playing to our potential if we want to make a run at league, regionals and hopefully state.  The positive on the day is we are all starting get healthy and hopefully physically ready for a stretch of two weeks of good tennis.”

MHS hosts its second of two invitationals on Saturday.