HESSTON – The Abilene High School girls tennis team opened the season with a sixth place team finish in the Hesston Tournament Thursday.
McPherson, Hesston and Maize South took the top three team placings in the tournament that also included Buhler, Haven, Smoky Valley, Wichita Trinity and Abilene.
“We had a great day of tennis considering the level of competition and the hot, humid conditions,” coach Justin Amos said. “I was very pleased with how competitive our girls were in nearly every match.”
“Our No. 1 doubles team of Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding struggled in their first round, but played solid tennis in their last two matches, losing their last match for a chance for a medal,” he said. “Despite some early nerves and tension, they played quite well overall.”
“Our No.2 doubles team of Sam Reiff and Belle Barbieri played in their first real varsity action and improved all day long,” coach Amos said. “While only notching one game in each of their first two matches, they found themselves down 2-0 in their match, but rallied winning eight straight games getting their first varsity win of the season.”
“Our No. 2 singles player Marissa Schardein also improved all day long struggling to get a game in her first match, then getting three games in her second match, and finishing the day with an impressive 8-0 victory for her first varsity win of the season.”
“Our No. 1 singles player, Kinsey Ford was our anchor today,” he said. “She began her day with a very tough Maize South opponent and found a way to pull off the win 8-6.”
“Then after losing her second match she finished very strongly with a big win over Hesston 8-4 to claim third place,” coach Amos added, “As our only varsity player to medal, Kinsey was unanimously awarded our game ball.”
Ford placed third by meeting Maize South, 8-6, falling to Wichita Trinity, 8-2, and then beating Hesston, 8-4.
Schardein finished seventh in No.2 singles, losing to Hesston, 8-0, and to Wichita Trinity, 8-4, and then beat Haven, 8-0.
Wilson and Olberding finished in sixth place as the No. 1 doubles team. They lost their opening round to Hesston, 8-3, defeated Wichita Trinity, 8-3, before falling to Haven, 8-2.
Reiff and Barbieri finished seventh in the No. 2 doubles. They lost their opening two rounds, Buhler, 8-1, and Wichita Trinity, 8-2. They defeated Haven, 8-2.
The varsity travels to Salina for the Sacred Heart Tournament Saturday and the JV will travel to Beloit Tuesday, Sept. 3 for their first action of the season.