The Abilene Cowgirls tennis team placed third in the rescheduled Smoky Valley Tournament Monday.
AHS scored 70 points to finish behind McPherson with 98 and Chapman who had 74.
The eight teams combined their No. 1 and No. 2 players into a 16-member bracket.
“We had a very good day of tennis,” Abilene coach Justin Amos said. “This was a very challenging tournament considering the combination of the players into bracket play. We had some very big wins.”
In singles for Abilene, Kinsey Ford placed second by defeating Smoky Valley, 8-2, Chapman, 8-3 and McPherson, 8-3, before falling in her final match to Hillsboro, 8-1.
“Kinsey played exceptionally well all day,” Amos said. “She had very big wins against Chapman’s and McPherson’s No. 1 players ultimately losing in the championship to Hillsboro to receive the silver medal.”
Marissa Schardein finished in eighth place as the second AHS singles player. She won her first match against Chapman, 8-7, (14-12), before falling to Hesston, 8-4, McPherson, 8-1, and Hutch Trinity, 8-3.
“Marissa played hard all day winning her first match in impressive fashion outlasting Chapman’s No. 2 singles player, 14-12, in a tie breaker,” Amos said. “She was unable to get any more wins on the day, but winning her first match kept her on the topside of the bracket and eighth place finish.”
The doubles team of Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding finished sixth by defeating Smoky Valley, 8-7, (7-3), lost to McPherson, 8-3, defeated Chapman, 8-4, and lost to Hutch Trinity, 8-5.
“Our doubles team of Wilson and Olberding played well most of the day, but struggled to play their best in their last match settling for sixth place,” Amos said.
The Cowgirls No. 2 doubles team of Belle Barbieri and Brenna Barrett opened the day with two losses to Chapman, 8-0, Hesston, 8-3, before defeating Hillsboro, 8-5, and Smoky Valley, 8-5.
“Our second doubles team of Barbieri and Barrett played their first tennis of the season as a doubles team and found their groove late beating a very good Smoky Valley No. 2 doubles team,” Amos said. “But since they lost their first two matches they ended up 13th.”
The varsity plays in the Chapman Triangular Tuesday and returns to Chapman for the North Central Kansas League tournament Saturday.