MAIZE — McPherson Middle School’s girls tennis team competed in its first major team tournament of the year on Tuesday and performed admirably at Maize South.
The Bullpups, who have been competing only in duals, won two of the three doubles divisions, and had a pair of seconds to highlight their singles play.
“Our Top 9 players had a terrific day at the Maize South Middle School Invitational,” MMS coach Ricardo Sanchez said. “This is where we will see our toughest competition, along with the Hutch Invitational next week, and the girls proved that they belong.”
There were 10 schools at the event, with the morning portion consisting of pool play. Each pool had five teams. The Top 2 from each pool would qualify for the semifinals where they would play for medals. The Bullpups made the semifinals in every division.
“The wind was a huge factor today for all players,” Sanchez said. “I feel like we were able to handle it well and not let it bother us. The girls competed hard all day, which is an accomplishment in itself because they all had to play six matches in the hot sun. Overall I was pleased with their play. There were times in matches where we would lose focus and our footwork would not be as good as it should be. The girls were able to refocus when they needed to in order to come through their matches.”
• Singles •
#1 Singles: Carley Malm- 4th place with 3-3 record, 2nd place in pool.
#2 Singles: Sydney Achilles-2nd place with 5-1 record. 1st place in pool.
#3 Singles: Amethyst Hale-2nd place with 4-2 record, 2nd place in pool. (beat the top seed in semifinals)
• Doubles •
#1 Doubles: Patty Huerta/Perrin Schneider- Champions with 6-0 record. 1st place in pool.
#2 Doubles: Maddie Dobson/Taylor Berger-2nd place with 5-1 record, 1st place in pool. (lost championship match in a 10-8 tiebreaker)
#3 Doubles: Taylor Buehrle/Lakynn Lippelmann-Champions with 6-0 record, 1st place in pool.