BUHLER — McPherson High seniors Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers may have a date with destiny.
The MHS doubles duo, second in the state last year to an all-senior team from Wichita Collegiate, stampeded to the doubles championship during the Class 4A Regional Tennis Tournament on Saturday to establish themselves as perhaps the team to beat at Winfield next weekend.
Ediger and Ivers, 19-2 on the year, routed Buhler’s Kendra Nachtigal and Michaela Esau 6-1, 6-3 in the finals to earn the championship.
Ediger and Ivers had won by the same score in the semifinals against Andover Central’s Jordyn Maddax and Grace Uhlenhop.
That highlighted a spectacular meet for MHS, which pushed through all its entries as it’s now armed and ready to take on No. 1 Wichita Collegiate next week. The Bullpups walked away with the team title with 20 points, with Andover Central scoring 12 and Smoky Valley 10. The rest of the field was in single digits.
“We had an outstanding weekend and I'm extremely proud of our girls and ecstatic that our whole team qualified for state,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “We met our goal to win regionals and get all six girls to state. Our hope next week is to bring home some kind of hardware at the state tourney in Winfield. We have our work cut out for us though cause Collegiate, defending state champs, is looking outstanding along with Wellington and Winfield that qualified their whole teams as well. Our AVCTL Division III and IV is well represented. We will have to play our best tennis to compete with such teams.”
MHS’ doubles team of Heidi Myers and Taylor Bruce took fifth as they faced a lose-or-go-home match to start Saturday. They won that one to take the pressure off as they are now 17-8 on the season.
In singles, Maisie Edmonson was a big story as she took second place to Andover Central’s Colby Fugit. In fact, Edmonson nearly pulled it off in the finals, winning the first set 7-5, but lost 0-6, 5-7 in the final two. She’ll take a 13-8 record to state, with many of her losses to some of the state’s best players.
Rachel Carlson was another big story, as she finished fourth in singles as he’s now 15-14. She had upset No. 3-ranked Kaylin Boswick in the second round, though Boswick battled back to earn the final state spot.
It was a good day for Smoky Valley. Kira Haxton advanced in singles by taking third, while the doubles team of Katie Bellah and Emily Roets took fourth. Haxton is 19-14, while Bellah and Roets are 21-10. They were fifth in the state last year.