The Abilene Cowgirl tennis team placed fourth in the Salina South Tournament Thursday.
The Cowgirls were the only team in the eight team tournament below class 5A. Salina Central took first with 64 team points, South was second with 57 points and Maize placed third with 45 points just ahead of the Cowgirls at 42.
The tournament combined all singles and doubles teams into one bracket for each group.
“We had a solid day of tennis,” Coach Justin Amos said. “This was a very challenging tournament considering that No.1s and No. 2s were all put together in a 16 member bracket and we were the only team under 5A present.”
Cowgirls singles players Kinsey Ford and Marissa Schardein finished fourth and seventh respectively in the tournament.
Ford defeated the No. 1 singles player from Junction City, 8-3, and the No. 2 singles player from Salina Central, 8-4, before falling to the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players from South, 8-0, 8-6, to finish in fourth place.
“Our No. 1 singles player Kinsey Ford played very good tennis winning her first two matches and losing to the eventual champion in her third round match,” Amos said. “In her third place match she came up against a very similar player and played a very well fought match, ultimately losing 8-6.”
Schardein defeated the No. 1 player from Wichita Kapaun, 8-4, then fell in two matches to Salina South, 8-3, and Maize, 8-5, before bouncing back to defeat the No. 2 singles player from Maize, 8-1, to place seventh on the day.
“Marissa continued her solid play winning her first round match, but losing her next two matches to the eventual third and fifth place finishers,” Amos said. “However, she responded well winning her last match to take 7th place on the day.”
In doubles, the Cowgirls No. 1 doubles team of Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding opened with a loss to Salina Central, 8-2, then came back and defeated Junction City, 8-5, Salina South, 8-5, and ended the day playing the No. 2 team from Abilene Sam Reiff and Belle Barbieri and defeated them, 8-4, to finish in ninth place.
Reiff and Barbieri opened with a loss to Kapaun, 8-1, then defeated Dodge City, 8-2, and Junction City, 8-6, before meeting Wilson and Olberding. Reiff and Barbieri finished in 10th place on the day.
“Both doubles teams lost their first round match putting them in the backside of the bracket,” Amos said. “However, both responded well winning each of their next two matches and ultimately playing each other in the ninth place game.”
“Our game ball for the day went to Mallory Olberding for her steady play,” coach Amos concluded.
The Cowgirl varsity will play in the Smoky Valley tournament Monday and play in the Chapman quadrangular Tuesday.