McPherson High girls tennis coach Tyler Brown may take the early part of the season to do some experimenting.
Brown was still unsure today about his lineup for Thursday’s McPherson Invitational, the first of two home events for the Bullpups.
The No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A boasts four outstanding players — defending state doubles champions Emily Ediger and Camry Holle, returning 4A singles runner-up Ellea Ediger and sixth-place state singles finisher Katlyn Reifschneider.
It’s just been assumed that those players are locked into their spots, but Brown said he might use a couple of his early meets to do some tinkering.
“We might go doubles strong,” said Brown, who would then pair Ellea Ediger and Reifschneider together. That duo did play together this summer in the McPherson Open with an impressive result.
Brown was disappointed that usual entrant Arkansas City won’t be in the field as the Bulldogs are one of the best teams in Class 5A. But there’s still plenty of other star power with Derby and Newton leading the charge to overtake the Bullpups. Brown has heard through the grapevine that Newton might have a quality foreign exchange player from Germany to go along with an already potent doubles team.
While the first four spots in the MHS order are secure, Brown said a tremendous battle has developed for the final two spots with Madison Hoffman, Rachel Ivers, Riley Burghart, Maisie Edmonson and Cassidy Corrigan among those in contention. There has been a lot of competition in practice with challenge matches.
The action at the MHS Tennis Complex has a 3 p.m. start.