LINDSBORG — McPherson High girls tennis coach Tyler Brown found out what his team is made of.
Coming off arguably its lowest finish during his tenure, Brown knew Saturday’s Smoky Valley Invitational would be a character check.
The Bullpups responded by winning the tournament with 72 points, outlasting Wichita Independent (68).
“The team bounced back big from the Salina Central Invite,” said Brown, whose squad did not have any Top 10 finishes last week. “We took first today and everyone contributed. Three of our four entries made it to the semifinals and we also were able to get wins over teams that could very well be in our regional.”
Brown decided to shake things up with a different lineup.
“For all six girls playing a new role today I was extremely proud of their performance,” he said. “With this lineup every one of our girls came into the tournament with an 0-0 record. But it's not always about records, it’s about being a better tennis player by the end of the day and I felt we did exactly that — we got better today. This still may not be our lineup at the end of the year, but more importantly we are continuing to grow and improve as a team.”
The doubles team of Maisie Edmonson and Taylor Bruce took first place, going 4-0 and having little trouble by breezing through the bracket by losing just four games all day. Ashley Achilles and Madison Schmidt were eighth at 1-4.
MHS had a solid day in singles as CeAnna Allen and Rachel Carlson were third and fourth, respectively.
Marysville (54) took third, followed by Smoky Valley (40), Pratt (12), Sterling (4) and Colby (2).
Smoky Valley’s Kira Haxton and Sophie Smith played for fifth and sixth in singles with Haxton triumphing. They were the top finishers for the Vikings.