The Chapman tennis team captured the North Central Kansas League title Saturday by edging Marysville 39-38 in team points.
“I am so proud of our team today as they captured the league title for the first time in a lone time for Chapman,” Chapman coach Derek Berns said. “The way we played today was consistent with our performance all season, he added.
“These girls have worked extremely hard and have prepared for so long to win the league title. Beating Marysville, who has had a long run of winning the league title, makes this one even sweeter.”
Prior to 2011, Marysville won 14 straight NCKL tennis titles.
Wamego finished third place, Abilene fourth, Concordia fifth and Clay Center sixth in team points.
Chapman’s No. 2 doubles team of Katy Fink and Carlie Phillips had a perfect day going 5-0 during the tournament.
“Our No. 2 doubles, Katy and Carlie, flat out dominated the competition as they won an NCKL title with an unbeaten record,” Berns said.
Chapman’s No. 1 singles player, Rachal Sutter, finished second, losing only to Kassie Breshears of Wamego. Marissa Schardein of Abilene finished third with a 3-2 record on the day.
“Rachel played phenomenal all day and showed why she was a state qualifier last year in singles,” Berns said.
The No. 2 singles play of Briana Elliott finishing second place but winning her match of the day against the Wamego player gave CHS the one-point margin of victory for Chapman’s team title.
“Briana wrapped up the most important match of the day to seal the team win with her win over Wamego in on e of the last matches of the day,” Berns added.
Kinsey Ford, Abilene’s No. 2 singles player, went undefeated to claim the gold medal for the Cowgirls.
Jessie Heiman and Britany Duer, Chapman’s No. 1 doubles team placed third in the meet.
“We have accomplished another goal in our season but aren’t satisfied just yet,” Berns said. “Our next goal is qualifying girls to state at the regional’s Friday and then continuing to improve from there.”