SALINA CENTRAL OPENS WITH SINGLES TITLE
Salina Central got first place finishes in No. 2 and No. 4 divisions and won the Salina Singles Quad on Thursday at Central High School. Central scored eight team points, followed by Newton with six, and Salina South and Valley Center with five each.
Emery Newton was 3-0 at No. 2 and Emme Turpin 3-0 at No. 4. Sydney Sorell placed third in No. 3 with a 2-1 record while Brooke Shirley was fourth in No. 1 after going 0-3.
South was led by Kaylee Warren’s first-place finish in the No. 3 bracket with a 2-1 record. Alexxa Nunemaker was 2-1 and took second at No. 1. Katie Rivera and Brylee Sader were each 0-3 on the day and finished fourth at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively.
SALINA CENTRAL QUAD
At the Salina Central courts, Salina South’s Jillian Coleman and Robyn Logan won the No. 1 singles title but Hutchinson won the team championship and Salina Central took second.
Coleman and Logan emerged from a three-way tie at 2-1 to win the doubles with a .628 percentage of games won over Salina Central’s Camryn Phelps and Callie Sanborn (.621) with Hutchinson’s Chloe Foster and Lauren Ollenburger in third (.540).
Hutch won the team title with 8 points, followed by Central and South with 6 each. South also got a first-place finish in No. 2 singles from Kaylee Warren. For Central, in addition to Phelps and Sanborn, the No. 2 doubles team of Addy Harvey and Molly Michaelis was second with a 2-1 record.
MUSTANG FIRST, COUGARS SECOND
The Salina Central girls went 4-0 to win the Mustang Duels tournament on Saturday at the Central courts, with Salina South going 3-1 and placing second.
Both teams entered the final round with 3-0 records, each getting wins over Valley Center, Arkansas City and St. Thomas Aquinas. In the head-to-head match for the tournament title, Central edged South 4-3.
The Mustangs went unbeaten in doubles play, with its three doubles teams going a combined 12-0.
Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson won No. 1 doubles, Camryn Phelps and Callie Sanborn took first in No. 2 doubles, and it was Addy Harvey and Molly Michaelis winning No. 3 doubles.
Central also had a first-place finish at No. 4 singles from Reagan Geihsler, with teammates Emery Newton (No. 1 singles), Brooke Shirley (No. 2 singles) and Sydney Sorell (No. 3 singles) each placing second.
South’s Jillian Coleman and Illiana Armbrust both went 4-0 and won their divisions — Coleman at No. 2 singles and Armbrust at No. 3 singles. The Cougars also had runner-up finishes from Laura Brucker at No. 4 singles, Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik at No. 1 doubles, and Kennedy Herbel and Alexxa Nunemaker at No. 2 doubles.
MUSTANGS CLAIM SECOND TITLE IN AS MANY DAYS
At Newton, Salina Central picked up its second tournament title in as many days, finishing first among six schools competing at the Newton Invitational on Wednesday.
The event was originally scheduled for September 4 but postponed because of rain.
The Mustangs, who also won the Topeka West Invitational on Tuesday, finished with 21 team points to top runner-up Arkansas City with 15.
Central’s Callie Sanborn took first place in No. 1 singles with a 4-0 record, with Brooke Shirley placing second in No. 2 singles and finishing 3-1.
The Mustangs took second in both the doubles divisions, as Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson went 3-1 in No. 1 doubles, and Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler also finished 3-1 in No. 2 doubles.
Central will be off until Monday when the Mustangs compete in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League tourney at Wichita Campus.
MUSTANGS CAPTURE SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL
Salina Central's girls used a runner-up doubles finish and fourth place in singles Saturday to claim the championship in the Salina Central Invitational at the Central courts.
The Mustangs' Maroon team won the tournament with 107 points, followed by Salina South Green in second with 96 and Maize in third with 87.
For Central, Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson dropped just one game in each of their first two matches before knocking off McPherson's Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen 8-4 in the semifinals. They fell 8-4 to Arkansas City's Kelsie Burr and Jacey Arnett in the championship match.
The Mustangs also got a fourth-place finish in singles from Callie Sanborn.
Robyn Logan led Salina South with a second-place singles finish, falling 8-3 to Hutchinson's Sydnee Foster in the finals. The Cougars' doubles team of Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnic lost in the semifinals but came back to beat McPherson's Bruce and Allen 8-5 for third place.
The Central Maroon team also got eighth place in singles from Emery Newton and 10th in doubles from Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler.
For South Green, Jillian Coleman was ninth in singles.
The top finishers for Central White, which took seventh with 68 points, were Addie Harvey and Molly Michaelis with 11th place in doubles.
Salina White, 11th with 46 team points, got a 12th-place finish from Kaylee Warren.
DOUBLES TEAM LEADS MUSTANGS AT GODDARD
At Goddard, Salina Central’s No. 1 doubles team of Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson won all three of their matches and took first place in the Goddard Invitational.
The Mustangs’ No. 2 doubles duo of Addie Harvey and Molly Michaelis placed third, winning two of three matches.
In singles competition, Callie Sanborn placed third in the No. 1 bracket with a 2-1 record. Sydney Sorell was fourth in No. 2 with a 1-2 record.
Maize was the team champion with 19 points, followed by Wichita Collegiate with 16 and Central with 14.
MUSTANGS CLAIM DERBY TITLE
At Derby, Salina Central won three of four divisions and finished first at the Derby Invitational on Thursday.
The Mustangs finished with 28 points in the eight-team tournament, topping runner-up Hutchinson with 25.
Central had a perfect day in doubles competition. Camryn Phelps and Regan Geihsler went 3-0 to win No. 1 doubles, while it was the Mustangs’ Addie Harvey and Molly Michaelis finishing 3-0 to win No. 2 doubles.
Emery Newton won all three of her matches to finish first in No. 2 singles, with teammate Brooke Shirley placing fourth in No. 1 singles.
MUSTANGS COAST TO WICHITA COLLEGIATE TITLE
At Wichita, Salina Central won three of four divisions and claimed the team title at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.
Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson were 3-0 and won No. 1 doubles, and Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler were unbeaten in three matches and won No. 2 doubles.
Brooke Shirley was the No. 2 singles champion with a 3-0 record. Emery Newton won two of three matches and placed second in No. 1 singles.
Central compiled 30 points, easily outpacing runner-up Goddard, which had 19. Wellington was third with 18 points
MUSTANGS WIN ALL-SALINA DOUBLES FINAL
Their comfortable lead had been cut in half, but there were no signs Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson were about to panic. The Salina Central seniors kept their composure and elevated their level of play, holding off Salina South seniors Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik for an 8-4 victory in the doubles title match Thursday at the South Invitational.
“When we’re playing well it’s because we’re talking and playing determined every point,” Stack said. “We’re 18-1 now so when we need to step it up, we step up and play our game.” That’s what the Mustangs did early in building a seemingly safe 6-0 lead in the championship match.
After South won the next three games, Stack and Holgerson had a brief meeting with coach Mike Goll during the changeover, then came out and won two of the final three games. “Coach helps us calm down,” Holgerson said. “He reminds us to take a deep breath and tells us this is going to be the game. “Sometimes when Maddie and I play South, our nerves get to us. They’re our rivals and are super nice girls, but we get so into it that we do mess up.”
McAdoo and Zamecnik actually took a 30-0 lead in the first game after the changeover, but Stack-Holgerson won the next three points and, after the game went to deuce, got a forehand winner from Stack for game point and a 7-4 lead.
“That was nice to have a little cushion,” Stack said. “Early in the match we were determined and didn’t let down. We were aggressive and had momentum going. “They started playing more consistent and started doing what we were doing to begin with. We just had to play like we wanted to win and not play defensive.”
The Mustangs have a meet next week in Topeka before competing in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet on October 1 and the Class 5A regional on October 6. “We just have to maintain where we are now and continue to find what works for us,” Holgerson said. “For me, it’s not about wins. I just want to spend this time enjoying it while I can because it is my last year.”
Every Salina school competing at Thursday’s meet came away with at least one title. Central finished first in doubles, Sacred Heart sophomore Lily Perrin was a winner in the singles bracket and South claimed the tournament’s team title. Perrin was the No. 1 seed in singles and advanced to the championship match to face Dodge City’s Mariana Duque.
Perrin fell behind 3-0 early and was down 4-3 when the title match was interrupted by the threat of severe weather. The contest was moved from the Salina Central courts to The Pines, an indoor facility on the eastside of Salina. “I was down 3-0 but when we left Salina Central she was leading 4-3,” Perrin said. “I was making errors and she was hitting some very good shots. Once at The Pines, Duque went in front 7-5 before Perrin was able to rally. She broke her opponent’s serve to make it 7-all, then got the win in the tiebreaker 8-7 (7-2).
South junior Robyn Logan, coming off a firstplace finish at the Valley Center Invitational earlier this week, took third in the singles division on Thursday. Logan defeated Central’s Emery Newton in the third-place match 7-1, when that match was halted due to the severe weather threat.
“I’m playing really well and moving my feet, and I feel really good,” Logan said. “It’s a good time to step it up. “I just need to stay focused and if I’m losing a match, I have to fight to come back.”
South also had a fourthplace finish in doubles from Jillian Coleman and Alexxa Nunemaker, who lost in a tiebreaker to Abilene’s Kylie Coup and Shiann Olberding in the third-place match. Kennedy Herbel took eighth in singles for the Cougars.
The Cougars finished with 59 points to win the team title over runnerup Central with 53. The Mustangs were playing without the No. 2 doubles team and their top singles player. Isabella Matteucci placed seventh in singles for Sacred Heart, with the Knights finishing fifth among eight schools in the team standings.
MUSTANGS WIN TEAM TITLE AT TOPEKA WEST
At Topeka, Salina Central had first-place finishes in three of four divisions and also took the team title at The Topeka West Invitational.
The Mustangs finished with 52 points to win the 10-team tournament, with Manhattan runner-up with 46 points.
Central swept the doubles divisions. Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson went 3-0 to win No. 1 doubles, while Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler also finished 3-0 in No. 2 doubles.
Emery Newton took first place in No. 2 singles, winning each of her three matches. Central also had a fourth-place finish in No.1 singles from Callie Sanborn.
The Mustangs were able to take additional entries in both singles and doubles, with Brooke Shirley taking seventh in No. 1 singles, and Addie Harvey and Sydney Sorell finishing third in No. 1 doubles.
LADY MUSTANGS SHARE AVCTL TITLE
At Haysville, Salina Central and Maize compiled 38 points apiece and shared first place in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League I tournament. Salina South placed third with 35 points.
Central’s Grace Holgerson and Maddie Stack won the doubles title with a 4-0 record. Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler placed seventh, going 2-2 on the day.
Callie Sanborn was 3-1 and took third in singles and Emery Newton was 1-3 and finished eighth for the Mustangs.
Robyn Logan led South with a second place finish in singles and teammate Kaylee Warren was 10th, going 2-2. Jillian Coleman and Alexxa Nunemaker were 2-2 and took fourth in doubles while Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik finished fifth, winning three of four matches.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOES TO SALINA CENTRAL
At Topeka, both Salina Central and Salina South qualified their entire teams for next week’s Class 5A girls state tennis tournament after a dominating performance at Friday’s regional at Kossover Tennis Center.
The Salina schools swept the top four spots in the regional’s doubles division and it was a South vs. Central matchup in the singles championship match.
The regional team title came down to a tiebreaker after both Central and South finished with 20 points. The Mustangs were determined regional champions, winning the tiebreaker of percentage of games won (67.8 percent to 64.5).
The top six finishers in both singles and doubles from each regional advance to state.
The Mustangs and Cougars will compete at the 5A state tournament starting Friday at Emporia High School.
The regional doubles title went to South’s Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik after they finished the day 4-0. McAdoo and Zamecnik, the regional’s No. 2 seed, defeated top seed Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson of Salina Central in the title match, 6-3, 7-6 (1).
Stack and Holgerson had to face their Central teammates Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler in the semifinals, with Stack-Holgerson winning that match 6-0, 6-0. Stack-Holgerson also finished as regional runner-up in 2017 and went on to place fourth at state.
The other semifinal matched McAdoo and Zamecnik against South’s Jillian Coleman and Alexxa Nunemaker, with the eventual champions defeating their teammates 6-2, 6-2. Coleman-Nunemaker closed the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Phelps-Geihsler in the regional’s third-place match.
In the singles division it was Central’s Callie Sanborn defeating South’s Robyn Logan in the championship match, 6-0, 6-0. Sanborn, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, rallied from a set down in her semifinal with Lansing’s Trinity Hall to win in a super tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Central’s Emery Newton and South’s Iliana Armbrust both lost in the regional quarterfinals, but both won their consolation semifinal match to guarantee a spot in the state tournament. Newton then won a close match with Armbrust for fifth place, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).
SALINA CENTRAL QUALIFIES FULL TEAM FOR STATE
EMPORIA — If the Salina South and Salina Central girls tennis teams are going to make a run at a top-five finish during the Class 5A state tournament, they know their odds are better if they go in at full strength.
For the second consecutive year both Salina schools will take their full teams to state, one week after the Mustangs and Cougars battled it out at a 5A regional in Topeka.
The state tourney opens with first-round matches at 10:30 a.m. today at the Emporia High School courts. Championship brackets will be completed through the quarterfinals today, along with two rounds of consolation bracket matches. Semifinals, championship matches and more consolation bracket matches will be played Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Wichita Carroll and Wichita Kapaun are the pre-tournament favorites for the team title, with defending champion St. James Academy also a team to watch. But South coach Ryan Stuart and Central coach Mike Goll agree there are several teams, including their own, that could be in the mix to finish in the top five.
“This is one year where it’s not really clear-cut,” Goll said. “Bishop Carroll and Kapaun come to mind and St. James Academy is a very solid team coming out of Kansas City. “That’s probably the first tier and then with the rest of the field, there are several teams with a chance to finish in the top five. That’s kind of our goal and if we do that, we would be very happy.”
“I really feel like Bishop Carroll and Kapaun are the favorites with the talent and number of kids they have going to state,” Stuart said. “But I do think a top five finish is in the cards if we play well. “A lot of matches would have to go our way, but if you get two or three entries to the weekend you have a chance. I don’t feel like there is a ton of teams that have the opportunities we have.”
Having the largest number of qualifiers doesn’t guarantee success, but it also doesn’t hurt. South, Central, Carroll and McPherson are the only schools that will send their entire team to state. “It’s definitely more fun to get to bring an entire team to state,” Stuart said. “It adds a little something to the state experience when they have a chance to enjoy it with their teammates. “When you have all six you have some lofty team goals you are trying to reach. That makes for a more exciting tournament.
There are definitely some team goals out there and they will try to reach them together.” “It means a great deal to have all of those girls go through the year with all they’ve accomplished and get rewarded with a trip to state,” Goll said. “It’s going to be a fun trip for all of the girls.”
Central’s Grace Holgerson and Maddie Stack are among the top returning doubles teams in 5A after placing fourth at state a year ago. Holgerson-Stack (28-3) will go into state after a runnerup finish at regional, just as they did in 2017. South’s Sydnee McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik defeated Holgerson-Stack in the regional championship match last week in Topeka.
Holgerson and Stack are the only seniors at state for Central, while McAdoo and Zamecnik are the only seniors representing South this weekend. “Maddie and Grace ran into a very good Salina South team at regional,” Goll said. “They had already beaten them twice this year but it tough to beat somebody three times, especially when they are that good and on top of their game. “They finished fourth last year and they’ll try to improve on that fourthplace finish.”
McAdoo and Zamecnik both competed in doubles at state a year ago, but with different partners. They have a record of 30-5 after their regional championship last week and, like Stack and Holgerson, will receive an opening-round bye today.
“I think on the doubles side there are a couple of teams that are a little better than everybody else,” Stuart said, “but there are also eight to 10 teams that could make a run if they play well. I don’t think anybody can go in and think they can advance if they don’t play well.”
The top four spots in the regional doubles bracket all went to Salina teams. South junior Jillian Coleman and sophomore Alexxa Nunemaker are 16-9 and qualified for state after a third-place regional finish.
Central junior Camryn Phelps and sophomore Reagan Geihsler are now 18-7 and took fourth last week.
Central sophomore Callie Sanborn won the singles title at regional last week, facing South junior Robyn Logan for the first time this season in the championship match. Sanborn (16-6) was a state qualifier a year ago and went 2-2, while Logan (23-8) will also be making her second state meet appearance.
Central junior Emery Newton and South freshman Iliana Armbrust will both make their first state meet appearance. Newton (21-12) defeated Armbrust (11-8) in the fifth-place match at regional.
McPherson returns to 5A this season after competing at the 4A level the past several years. State qualifiers for the Bullpups include the doubles team of senior Taylor Bruce and sophomore Ceanna Allen, 28-6 and regional champions last week at Valley Center.
LADY MUSTANGS FACE RAIN DELAYS AT STATE
At Emporia, Salina Central and Salina South had success once they were able to get on the court. The tournament didn’t begin until 3:30 p.m. because of rain and wet courts. Matches were still going late Friday night and play will resume at 9 a.m. today.
South has three entries still alive. After a first-round bye, Robyn Logan defeated Kaley Coffman of St. James 4-6, 6-2, 10-6. After a first-round bye, the Cougars’ doubles team of Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik defeated Kara Harden and Alexa Bedecallate of Valley Center 6-1, 6-1.
South’s second doubles team of Jillian Coleman and Alexxa Nunemaker defeated Ellie Messenger and Khloe Kanelakos of Arkansas City 6-2, 6-4 in their first match, then downed Molly Book and Madi Biondo of St. James 6-2, 6-1.
Iliana Armbrust lost her first match to Reagan Boleski of Wichita Kapaun 6-0, 6-1 and was eliminated with a 9-2 loss to Sarah Sinclair of Andover.
Central had all four entries still playing at press time Friday. In singles, Callie Sanborn defeated Nelle Black of St. Thomas Aquinas 6-0, 6-1. Emery Newton lost her opening match to Brayden Steven of Wichita Carroll 6-0, 6-0, but bounced back with a 9-5 victory over Mallory Feather of Valley Center.
The Mustangs' doubles team of Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson defeated Abigail Dunn and Bridget Hanrahan of St. Thomas Aquinas 6-1, 6-0 in their lone match.
Camryn Phelps and Reagan Geihsler lost their first match to Lindsay Adams and Alaina Cunningham of Maize 6-2, 6-4. Phelps and Geihsler were playing Valley Center’s Harden and Bedecallate in their second match at press time.
LADY MUSTANGS CAPTURE 4th AT STATE
EMPORIA — Weather delays at the Class 5A state tournament both Friday and Saturday made it a long weekend for the Salina South girls tennis team. As it turned out, it was well worth the wait.
The Cougars had three entries advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals and all three ended the tournament finishing between sixth and ninth place. That gave South enough points to place third in the tournament’s team standings and give the Cougars their first state trophy in girls tennis.
Pre-tournament favorites Wichita Carroll and Wichita Kapaun took first and second, respectively, while South won what turned out to be a battle for third place and the trophy that goes with it.
The Cougars finished with 25 points, edging Salina Central in fourth 22 and Maize in fifth with 19.
“Coming into this tournament we knew Kapaun and Carroll had a lot of firepower,” South coach Ryan Stuart said. “But we felt like we were one of four or five teams with a chance to get that thirdplace trophy. The girls stepped through the open door and every one of them played well. “We didn’t have anybody finish in the top five individually, but we had three entries in the top nine and that’s how you win a team trophy in these things.”
South’s Sydney McAdoo and Jadyn Zamecnik, the only seniors on the Cougars' state tournament team, both had the best finish of their careers at a state tournament when they placed sixth in the doubles competition. “We knew (getting a trophy) was a possibility,” McAdoo said. “When we had three of us get to the second day we knew we had a pretty good chance. Then it was just a matter of trying to finish as high as we could.” “South has never done it before,” Zamecnik said. “I feel like we all did our best to try to make it happen.”
The Cougars had two entries reach the quarterfinals in doubles — McAdoo-Zamecnik and the team of junior Jillian Coleman and Alexxa Nunemaker — along with junior Robyn Logan in the singles division.
Although all three entries lost their quarterfinal match, South was still in good position to pile up some points on the final day. “We knew the quarterfinal matches we had were going to be challenging,” Stuart said. “But what I’m so proud of is that our chance to get third really started after those matches. “The kids regrouped and we talked with each one of them before the consolation matches started and told them what was in front of us.
They way they rebounded after the quarterfinal losses is what got it done for us.” In addition to McAdoo and Zamecnik placing sixth, Logan finished eighth for the Cougars while Coleman and Nunemaker won their final two matches of the tournament to take ninth.
McAdoo earned a state medal for the third consecutive year, taking 10th in doubles as a junior with then partner Jessica Coleman, and taking 10th in singles as a sophomore.
“I was really happy obviously because I didn’t get 10th again at state,” McAdoo said. “It was a good way to end our senior year and I’m really happy, even though we lost our last match.” “Being partners for just this one year, I think we did the best we could,” Zamecnik said.
Central had a seventh place finish in doubles from seniors Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson. Stack-Holgerson lost to eventual champions Kelsie Burr and Jacey Arnett of Arkansas City in the quarterfinals, but came back to win a pair of matches in the consolation bracket. Stack and Holgerson finished the season with a record of 31-5, enabling Holgerson to reach 100 career wins in her final meet.
Stack also reached that milestone earlier this month. The Mustangs also had a seventh-place finish from Callie Sanborn, who defeated South’s Logan in the tournament’s seventh- place match, 9-3.
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