Panthers switch up lineup, finish fourth

PHILLIPSBURG — The Concordia High School girls’ tennis team placed fourth in a quadrangular hosted by Phillipsburg on Tuesday.
Phillipsburg won the quad with 17 points.
Norton also scored 17 points, and finished second.
Scott City was third with 15 points, and Concordia scored 11.
“We changed our lineup around today, and saw some decent results,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said, “Sara (Hittle) played very well in singles and she really enjoys that spot. Rachel (Hasch) and Danielle (Timme) showed some signs of being a very strong doubles team, and we will leave them together for the meet Saturday in Clay Center. This will give them a chance to see how they stack up against the rest of the league. I really like how hard the girls played today. We still have several things we need to improve on, but we are playing competitive matches that are fun to watch.”
Hasch and Timme finished second in number one doubles for the Panthers.
Hittle, number one singles, and Sadie Mosher, number two singles, finished third.
Julie Gross and Marissa Morgan were fourth in number two doubles.
Hasch and Timme dropped their first match, 8-3, to Rekele Green and Molly Scott, Norton. They cruised past Mariah Coomes and Karlye Stephen, Phillipsburg, 8-1 and Dianna Rodriguez and Holly Wilcoxson, Scott City, 8-2.
“Rachel and Danielle moved to doubles today and, after a shaky start, played very strong tennis. In their loss to Norton they played very nervous and timid, and were not able to put any pressure on their opponents. In their next two matches they found their game and played excellent tennis. Their movement and aggressiveness really improved as the day went on,” Mitchell said.
Mosher opened with an 8-3 win over Brook Sumner, Norton. She lost 8-3 to Taylor Beach, Phillipsburg, and 8-2 to Bre Smull, Scott City.
“Sara has a good singles game and played well today. She played three quality matches and picked up one nice win,” Mitchell said, “Sara’s forehand and serve were as good as anyone’s today, but her backhand is still too defensive against good players. She had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the opportunity to play singles today.”
Mosher fell 8-1 to Audrie Burge, Norton, in the opening round. She lost 8-1 to Macye Witmer, Phillipsburg, and then won by default over Anna Miller, Scott City.
“Sadie had her first varsity experience today competing in a solid number two singles field.  She moved very well and hit some nice forehands, but was not consistent enough to challenge for the win in her two matches. It was a good learning experience, and she handled it very well,” Mitchell said.
Gross and Morgan fell 8-4 to Hailey Branek and Morgan Griffey, Norton; 8-3 to Suzanne Huntley and Kinzie Ratliff, Phillipsburg; and 8-1 to Lea Artz and Emma Price, Scott City.
“Julie and Marissa continue to play competitive matches, but again were unable to pick up a win. They are both hitting some very good shots, but their movement and reaction time is still too slow to be a strong team at this level,” Mitchell said.

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