The North Central Kansas League champion Chapman Fighting Irish won the Abilene High School Invitational tennis tournament Tuesday.
Chapman team 1 scored 48 team points to place first and Abilene team 1 placed second in the eight team tournament with 32 points.
Abilene and Chapman both had two teams in the tournament.
Senior Susie Geiger placed fourth in the No. 1 singles for the Abilene team 1, winning two matches on the day before falling to the No. 1 singles player from Clay Center.
Rachel Lillich had a tough day on the court in the No. 2 singles slot for the Cowgirls. She lost two hard-fought matches against Alma and Hillsboro in tiebreakers.
The Cowgirls No. 1 doubles team of Carly Wilson and Mallory Olberding placed second for team 1. They went 3-1 on the night before falling to Chapman’s No. 1 doubles team of Jessie Heiman and Brittany Duer, 8-2, in the championship match.
The No. 2 doubles team of Belle Barbieri and Sam Reiff took second place with a three and one record falling to Heiman and Duer in their championship match, 8-7, (7-5).
Junior Brenna Barrett placed seventh place in No. 1 singles for the Abilene team 2 with a 1-3 record on the day.
Jayme Friederich finished in sixth place as the No. 2 singles player with a 1-3 record.
The No. 1 doubles team of Marissa Schardein and Kinsey Ford placed third for Abilene team 2 only losing to Heiman and Duer of Chapman.
Kallie Brooks and Cheyenne Cody-Mass stepped up from the junior varsity team to compete in a varsity tournament as the No. 2 doubles team placing sixth.
“We had a good day of tennis, “ Abilene coach Justin Amos said. “I was very pleased with how well our JV players stepped up and played competitively in a varsity tournament.”
“I was also pleased with how consistent our varsity played,” he said. “We changed up our roster significantly placing our top two singles players together as No. 1 doubles for Abilene 2, moving our No. 1 and No. 2 singles players on JV to Abilene 1,
“Splitting up our No. 1 JV doubles team to play singles for Abilene 2. This was a challenging move for some of our players to play in positions they have not all season, but I think they did a good job adjusting. We also had one of our players fill in for Ellsworth at No. 2 singles.”
“Overall, it was a good tune up day for regionals on Friday,” Amos concluded.
The Cowgirl and Irish varsity travels to McPherson for 4A Regionals Friday.