ABILENE — The Concordia High School girls’ tennis team finished fifth in the North Central Kansas League Tournament on Saturday.
Concordia, led by a second-place finish in number one singles by Danielle Timme, scored 18 points in the meet.
Marysville captured the team title with 36 points. Abilene finished second with 33. Wamego was third with 31. Chapman placed fourth with 29 and Clay Center was sixth with three.
Timme posted a 3-2 record to place second for Concordia.
Siri McGuire and Ashley Adams placed fourth in number two doubles for the Panthers.
Emily Trigg and Heather Letourneau were fifth in number one doubles, and Amanda Lawrence was fifth in number two singes.
“We had a decent day at the League meet today. We finished fifth, which is where I thought we probably would be. We had the opportunity to win a few more matches, possibly getting us into the fourth spot,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said, “The top four teams in our League are very strong, and it came down to the last match of the day to find a League champion in Marysville. Everyone played hard and competed well on the day. Danielle had a breakthrough in beating Chapman, which will help her going into seeding for the regional tournament. We have a week to work on a few things, and then beat the regional tournament in McPherson next Friday.”
Timme defeated Kinsey Ford, Abilene, 8-2 in her opening match. She was beaten 8-7 (7-2) by Jenny Jackson, Clay Center; beat Breshawna Briggs, Wamego, 8-4 and Shelbi Mathis, Chapman, 8-5; and lost 8-0 to Dani Schwarz, Marysville.
“Danielle had an excellent day of tennis, and earned a second-place medal. She did have one setback on the day, losing a tiebreaker to Jackson of Clay Center. She was ahead 7-4, but became nervous and let the Clay Center girl come all of the way back,” Mitchell said, “Danielle regrouped and played her best tennis of the year in her next two matches, defeating both Wamego and Chapman. She had lost to both of those two earlier in the year, so it was a great accomplishment.”
Timme and Mathis each posted three wins, but Timme won the head-to-head matchup to place second.
McGuire and Adams were beaten 8-3 by Abilene’s number two doubles team. They beat Clay Center 8-2 and Wamego 8-4 before falling 8-3 to Chapman and 8-2 to Marysville.
“Siri and Ashley had a solid day winning two of five matches. They played all of their matches tough, and had an impressive win over Wamego. They had a lot of close games in each match that they were unable to win. A few more good shots on key points and they could have moved up a spot or two. I really liked how competitive they were, and always made their opponents work until the very end. These two girls have really come together this year, and have done a great job for us,” Mitchell said.
In number two singles, Lawrence lost 8-2 to Carly Wilson, Abilene. She knocked off Kate Erickson, Clay Center, 8-5 and then lost 8-3 to Lanie Page, Wamego; 8-3 to Rachel Sutter, Chapman; and 8-0 to Madison Williams, Marysville.
“Amanda ran into some tough competition today. She was able to win one match and finish fifth. She was hitting the ball better than she ever has, but just didn’t have the consistency to move up any on the day. Even though she lost four matches, it was fun to watch her compete at a high level with these girls. Amanda has come a long way in the past year, and brought a lot of energy to our team,” Mitchell said.
Trigg and Letourneau dropped an 8-3 decision to Abilene. They downed Clay Center, 8-2 and then lost 8-1 to Wamego; 8-1 to Chapman and 8-4 to Marysville.
“Emily and Heather had an up and down day. They played very well against Abilene, and though they lost, made it a good match. They came back and defeated Clay Center by their widest margin of the year. They struggled to keep up with Wamego and Chapman, and were never really in those matches. In the final match against Marysville they played very well, and were tied at 4-4 before letting it get away from them at the end. These two girls were very competitive in what was the strongest division today,” Mitchell said.