Elyria's Archer takes 9th at state tennis

By Steve Sell
October 15, 2017

PRAIRIE VILLAGE  — It was an exhaustive, but productive, state tennis tournament for Elyria Christian School’s first-time qualifier Makenzie Archer.

Archer played the maximum seven matches this weekend, going 5-2 to finish in ninth place in the Class 3-2-1A event.

Her matches:

• 6-2, 6-2 win over Morgan Leiker of Victoria

• 6-1, 6-0 loss to Lily McNeil of Kansas City Christian, the No. 1 seed and eventual champion

• 9-0 win over Ella Barrett of Perry-LeCompton

• 9-4 win over Sydney Roe of Kingman

• 9-1 loss to Lily Perrin of Sacred Heart 

• 9-2 win over Molly Schmanke of Conway Springs

• 9-3 win over Savanah Noel of Osborne

“Our goal at the start of the tournament was to make it to the medal round,” Elyria Christian coach Jeremy Nelson said. “Having accomplished that goal on Friday, we set our sights on a new goal for Saturday. The new goal was to win at least one of the three matches in the medal round. There were no cupcakes in the medal round. All 12 competitors that survived Friday did so for a reason. Someone was going to go 0-3 on the day and finish 12th. We didn't want that to be us. By winning at least one match she would avoid 12th place, and it would ensure her no worse than a 4-3 overall record in her first state tournament.”

Archer, a junior, finished the year 29-12.