Published in the Iola Register on Sep. 27, 2013.

CHS finishes fifth in own tourney

 The Concordia High School girls’ tennis team placed fifth in its invitational tournament on Thursday.
Marysville won the tournament with 54 points. Wamego finished second with 44 points. Beloit finished third with 30 points. Phillipsburg was fourth with 21 points and Concordia scored 10.
“We had several very good teams and many tight matches. We didn’t get quite as many wins as I felt we were capable of, but I saw some real progress,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said, “We need to find better consistency as a team and be able to be ready to play each and every match. We have a home quad next Tuesday that should be a good meet for us, and then the league meet a week from Saturday.”
Rachel Hasch and Danielle Timme placed third in number one doubles for Concordia. They won their first match of the day 8-2 over Mariah Coomes and Brittni Groothoff, Phillipsburg, and then lost 8-7 (7-5) to Laren Hawkinson and Jende Harmer, Marysville, and 8-6 to Kaylee Page and Lanie Page, Wamego.
Hasch and Timme downed Emily Brandt and Kellin Palmateer, Beloit, 8-5 in the third-place match.
“Rachel and Danielle played some amazing tennis today. Even though they lost two matches they were only a couple of points from winning the tournament. They lost a very close tiebreaker to Marysville in a match that they probably should have won. In their match against Wamego they played the best tennis I have seen this year. They went toe to toe with an unbeaten Wamego team and came up within two points of getting into a tiebreak,” Mitchell said, “They rebounded from those losses to come back strong and beat a very good Beloit team for third. Rachel and Danielle really found something today, and their confidence is growing more and more each match. I feel that they are getting to the point where they can challenge any team in the state.”
Autumn Zimmerman finished fifth in number two singles for Concordia. She lost 8-4 to Macye Witmer, Phillipsburg, and 8-2 to Madison Williams, Marysville, and then defeated Paige Richardson, Clay Center, 8-1.
“Autumn played fairly well today. After getting down early, she came back and made a good match out of her first match against Phillipsburg. She wasn’t quite to the level of Williams of Marysville, but worked hard and improved her game,” Mitchell said, “Autumn finished her day off strong with a solid victory over Richardson of Clay Center. She is showing a lot of talent, but needs to trust and believe in her abilities more.”
Sara Hittle was sixth in number one singles for the Panthers. She fell 8-2 to Amy Stapel, Phillipsburg, 8-2 to Rachel Frese, Marysville, and 8-2 to Hannah Callan, Clay Center.
“Sara struggled today and was unable to pick up a win. While her ground strokes were solid at times she just didn’t have the movement and energy she needed today. She is learning about the areas that she needs to improve on and how competitive number one singles is at this level,” Mitchell said.
Julie Gross and Marissa Morgan finished sixth in number two doubles for Concordia. They lost 8-5 to Kinzie Ratliff and Karyle Stephen,Phillipsburg, 8-0 to Hillary Ronnebaum and Madison Nieberding, Marysville, and 8-5 to Hannah Fowles and Jaden Wilcoxson, Clay Center.
“Julie and Marissa battled hard all day but were unable to pick up a win. they continue to play close matches, but just can’t seem to get over that hump to pull out some wins. They have the shot making ability, but just aren’t moving enough on the court to set up those shots,” Mitchell said.