CHAPMAN – Taking advantage on their home court, The Chapman Fighting Irish came out on top in the four-team tourney played Thursday in Chapman.
Chapman’s Briana Elliott No. 1 singles player, went undefeated to take home the gold medal by winning all three of her matches.
“I thought our team played very well in their first meet of the season,” Chapman Coach Derek Berns said. “Two of our opponents came into the meet with previous competition already under their belt, but we played confident all evening for it being our first meet.”
Abilene’s Kinsey Ford defeated Danielle Timme of Concordia 6-1 to earn second place in the No.1 singles.
“At No. 1 singles, Kinsey Ford struggled to win two close matches against Chapman and Wamego but as a result of a three-way tie for second, she edge out Wamego and Concordia for second place,” Abilene Coach Justin Amos said.
The Page sisters (Kaylee and Lanie) from Wamego went undefeated in No. 1 doubles team play to place first. Chapman’s Brittany Duer and Jessie Heiman finished second and Abilene’s Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding finished third.
“Our No.1 doubles team of Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding struggled against very tough competition, losing to Wamego and Chapman,” coach Amos said.
Marissa Schardein of Abilene took home the second place medal for No. 2 singles player.
“Our No. 2 singles player Marissa Schardein played three very long close matches. She was only able to come away with a win against Concordia, but also in a three-way tie for second, she came out on top of Concordia and Chapman for second place,” Amos said. “With her solid play and inspiring efforts in her long, close matches, Marissa was awarded our game ball for the tournament.”
Chapman’s Carlie Phillips and Katy Fink were undefeated in No.2 doubles while Sam Reiff and Brenna Barrett finished third.
“Our No. 2 doubles team of Sam and Brenna played a little inconsistent but managed to win their first two matches but could not hold off Chapman, ultimately placing second,” Amos said.
Team scores were Chapman with 23 points, Wamego had 20 points for second place, Abilene finished in third place with 12 points and Concordia scored five points to place fourth.
“We won the meet without our conventional line-up so that shows the depth we have with this team,” Coach Berns said. “ We were missing our No. 1 singles player and returning state qualifier Rachel Sutter, but had some girls step up in her place and help our team win the meet.”
“It all stems back to the way our girls attack practice everyday wanting to improve and better themselves and our team,” Berns said.
“We had a tough day of tennis,” Coach Amos said. “Our two steps forward from our Salina Tournament went one step back today.”
Chapman and Abilene will again see each other in the Smoky Valley tournament Sept. 12.