Cowgirls win Chapman Quad

Abilene champions from Chapman Quad are Bella Sims, Shiann Olberding, Kylie Coup, Trinity Sampson, Brenna Riffel and Zoe Cooper.

CHAPMAN – The Abilene High School girl’s tennis team sent its varsity to Chapman to play in the Chapman Quad on Thursday.

The Cowgirls were able to adjust to the windy conditions to sweep all four entries in the meet.

Senior Zoe Cooper won the number one singles as she went 3-0 on the day. Cooper defeated Concordia’s Arista Bombardier 6-1 in the opening round. She then got by Wamego’s Rhoni Eveland 6-4 and finally Chapman’s Naliya Contreras 6-0.

Sophomore Bella Sims went 3-0 to claim first place in the number two singles bracket. Sims opened with a 6-2 win over Concordia’s Bethanie McCall before getting by Ellie Hildreth of Wamego 6-4. In the final round, Sims defeated Chapman’s Sophie Jones 6-1.

In doubles play, Kylie Coup and Shiann Olberding defeated Concordia’s Keam/McMillan in the opening round. They then defeated Donahue/Jones of Wamego 6-1 and then finished with a 6-0 win over Duer/Reiff of Chapman.

The number two singles, Brenna Riffel and Trinity Sampson, opened with a 6-1 win over Concordia’s Tracy/Turner. They then defeated Alexander/Faulkner of Wamego 6-0 and finished with a 6-1 win against Morgan/Mosher from Chapman.

“I’m so happy for the girls and how they played,” Abilene head coach Megan Berry said. “They really took care of business against good NCKL competition. This was a great start against league teams, but we’ll have to continue to get better throughout the season.”

Also on Thursday, Clay Center had an opening in their six-team round robin tournament and because of Abilene’s numbers in the tennis program, coach Berry was able to send a second varsity team to play in that event.

Savannah Stout went 1-2 in number one singles while Anna Zey finished 3-0 to finish first in number two singles.

In doubles action, Maggie Gillespie and Abi Lillard paired to be the number ones and finished 2-1 on the day. Maddie Beswick and Allie Cross went 3-0 to win the number two doubles event.

Wabunsee took the team title with Abilene second followed by Clay Center, Alma, Beloit and Clay Center’s Orange team.

“This worked out great for our numbers this year,” Berry said. “And the girls did a really good job in their first competition of the season.”

Next up for the Cowgirls is Thursday, Sep. 6 at Smoky Valley.

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