BUHLER — McPherson High’s girls tennis team will live to see Wichita Collegiate another day.
The top two ranked teams in Class 4A squared off on Monday during the AVCTL Division III-IV Championships and the showdown lived up to its billing.
Except for one division the teams were relatively even. Collegiate proved its No. 1 state ranking with 63 points, while MHS finished second with 55.
Buhler was a close third with 47. Other team scores were Wellington (46), Winfield (33), Circle (21), El Dorado (12) and Augusta (3).
“I was very pleased with our play today,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “We were only a few matches away from things really going our way. We can take away a lot from our effort. Even though Collegiate won, I truly feel we are right there with them. Our girls have to feel confident after today's play knowing we were right there. Hopefully we can play this well Friday, if so I think most of our girls will have a great chance qualifying for state.”
Rachel Ivers and Ellea Ediger, state runner-ups last year in doubles, breezed to victory by storming to three straight wins. They were a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Collegiate’s top team in the finals. That came on the heels of back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins in the first two rounds.
Also in doubles, the ever-improving team of Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce advanced to the finals, losing 7-6, 6-4 to a strong Wellington team.
In singles, Maisie Edmonson defied her No. 4 seed and made it to the finals in the No. 1 division, losing in a super tiebreaker against Collegiate’s top player.
Rachel Carlson, at No. 2 singles, took sixth, but played terrific as she lost two close matches, including one that went to a 15-13 super tiebreaker.
MHS comes right back to Buhler on Friday for the regional meet.