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Thursday, August 25, 2005

This triangular is a city tournament for area "bragging rights".  For the 2nd consecutive time, the Lady Mustangs walked away with the City Title.  The margin of victory was the narrowest it has ever been.  Many players got their first taste of the season and for some their first varsity action.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

This is the 4th Annual Double Only Tournament held at Topeka's Lake Shawnee Courts.  It was also the 4th consecutive title for the Lady Mustangs at the event.  Alicia Smith & Molly Martin walked away with 1st place in the #1 division with a record of 5-0.  Also claiming a 1st place title was Shayna Hauserman and Chelsi DeTurk with a record of 4-1 in the #3 division.  A 2nd place finish went to Kelli Shaw and Morgan Haase at #4 doubles with a record of 3-2 and Grace Eisenhauer and Erin Smith took 3rd place at the #2 doubles with a record of 3-2.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

This was the 10th year for the Salina Quad hosted by Salina Central.  Although the format has changed a bit through the years, the results seem to favor the Lady Mustangs as they won their 4th consecutive Quad Title and 8th out of the 10 year history.  Amanda Morris, the #1 singles player for the Lady Mustangs, enjoyed a great day as her performances were dominating in the singles division.  Also having a flawless day was Erin Smith playing at #2 singles as she also rolled to a 3-0 record for the day.  So far the Lady Mustangs have been a perfect 3-0 in varsity matches in the early part of the 2005 season.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

This tournament has all the markings of a Gold Tournament as many top teams in the state gather for this 16 team and 32 player field.  The day began with perfect weather for the players as there were 4 sites for player draws.  The Lady Mustangs had a great start in the tournament as they placed both their doubles teams into the Quarters along with singles player Amanda Morris.  The Doubles team of Grace Eisenhauer and Brooke Garlow had an opportunity to knock off the #1 seed from McPherson, but just couldn't  finish it out in the 12th game to take a 7-6 lead.  They finished their day at 3-2.  The doubles team of Alicia Smith and Molly Martin made it to the Semi's, but fell to a veteran team from Blue Valley Northwest and then again to the McPherson team for 3rd and 4th place.  They fell to 4th place in a see saw match against the Bullpups.  Amanda Morris faced a very strong field in the singles draw as 8 players were state placers from a year ago.  Morris made it to the Semi's as she faced a determined Beehler from Wichita Collegiate.  In a match that took over 90 minutes, Amanda fell 6-8 in a very well played match.  She then faced J. Hush from Wichita Kapaun for 3rd and 4th place, but it didn't work out, as she fell in another hotly contested battle.  A 3-2 record placed her in 3rd and helped the team to a 3rd place finish for the day, missing 2nd place by a mere one point.  Overall, not a bad finish in a 16 team field.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Newton Invitational

The Lady Mustangs entered this meet with a different look to their lineup, as they wanted to get some players experience at different positions.  Although the Lady Mustangs did not win the team title, they did come away with some important wins.  Erin Smith had a good win over Staci Schoon of Winfield, a state qualifier from a year ago.  Erin also made it to the finals of the tournament, where she faced Paige McKinney, a Newton product.  She will be one of the state's favorites for a single's championship.  Erin came away with a 2-1 record on the day, as she was defeated in the Finals.  The Freshmen Doubles team of Shayna Hauserman and Chelsi DeTurk competed well and picked up a first place finish at #2 Doubles.  they also earned a nice win in the finals against a tough Newton team that had made it to the finals the previous year.  Overall the team finished with 17 points and third place.

Saturday, September 10, 2005
Salina Central Invitational

This year's Invitational was held at 4 locations.  The field was set into a draw of 32.  There were 12 schools represented with a total of 13 teams.  The Lady Mustangs made a run to defend their title, but came up short to Maize High School by a score of 107-101.  The points were on the board to earn, however the 'Stangs stubbed their toes in a couple of critical matches and that opened the door for the Maize Eagles.  There were some bright spots for the team as they did capture 2nd place in a tough field, and the Lady Mustangs did place teams in the finals of the singles and doubles divisions.  Amanda Morris continued her stellar play in the single's field as she marched into the finals with a 4-0 record.  It was a match-up of two of the top players in the state as Amanda faced Paige McKinney of Newton in the finals.  although Amanda dropped the match, it matched the two best players in the singles draw.  On the double's side, the Lady Mustangs had Alicia Smith and Molly Martin in the finals against a veteran team from Goddard (Frey and Nola).  The match went the distance as a break in the 13th game was the difference as Goddard then held to take an 8-6 victory.  Smith and Martin had another productive day as they rolled their record to 13-3 for the season.  The team of Eisenhauer and Garlow picked up four victories on the day and came away with a 9th place finish, which helped contribute to the 101 point total for the team.  The doubles team of Hauserman and DeTurk had the highest finish for the Lady Mustang's White team as they came away with a 12th place finish and were 3-2 on the day.

Thursday, September 15, 2005
Derby Invitational

The Lady Mustangs were unsuccessful in defending their Derby title, however several positives were taken from the meet.  The Salina Central lineup provided some valuable playing time for deserving members of the squad.  Many of the match scores were sent into tie-breaks and deuce scores, but unfortunately the results did not favor the 'Stangs.  Hutchinson won the team title as they placed 3 out of their 4 entries in the finals.  The Lady Mustangs placed 7th as they placed players in the backside bracket and came away with a .500 mark.  Seniors Kelli Shaw and Jessica Lee played in the singles divisions.  Junior Hannah Shoup and Senior Cassidy Egan along with Freshman Chelsi DeTurk and Morgan Haase participated in the double's division.  Coach LoVullo placed first in the time trial for high school coaches traveling on the I-135 "Time Warp" Invitational Circuit, which is a sanctioned affiliate of Nascar.

Saturday, September 17, 2005
Salina Central Invitational & Emporia Invitational

The Lady 'Stangs found themselves in two places at one time, and were able to pull off some magic, as they were runner-up to first place at both meets!  They came away with two second place championships..... one at the Emporia Invitational and the other at their own Invitational at the Oakdale Tennis Compound in Salina.  Molly Martin and Grace Eisenhauer teamed up to run the table at #1 Doubles and came away with a first place finish with a 4-0 record.  Also having a good day on the hard courts was Singles player Chelsi DeTurk, as she walked away with a 3-1 record.  Erin Smith evened her days record at 2-2, and the #2 Doubles team of Cassidy Egan and Molly Bryan rounded off the scoring for the Lady Mustangs with a 3rd place finish.

Meanwhile, at the 12 Court High School Complex at Emporia, the Lady Mustangs were in the mix to defend their title of a year ago.  Once the squad got over the dilemma of how and why Emporia, who have no State Tiltles in Tennis, could have 3 times the number of courts we do..... they settle down to play solid tennis.  Teamed up for the first time this season, Amanda Morris and Alicia Smith came away with the title in #1 Doubles.  Though they had some anxious moments in two matches, they used their experience and fear of the long ride home and stepped it up and finished the points to seal their championship in doubles.  Brooke Garlow and Hillary Straub turned in a 4-1 performance which gave them a second place finish and contributed needed points to the strong second place finish for the team.  Shayna Hauserman battled her way to a 3-2 record and a 3rd place finish.  Kelli Shaw played at #1 Singles, and though did not place, she competed well and earned valuable time and experience on the courts.

Thursday, September 22, 2005
Salina South Invitational

The Lady 'Stangs had two teams entered in the South Invitational.  The squads and coaches were hoping to see and gain more competition by splitting the teams, and were also hoping to solve some personnel questions by seeing the results of the day's play.  Although the team did not come away with the team title, they found themselves in the finals of both double's divisions.  Amanda Morris  and Alicia Smith dropped a 4-8  decision against a team from Wichita Kapaun to place second in #1 Doubles; that was their first loss, and put their record at 8-1 so far this year.  The team of Brooke Garlow and Hillary Straub continued to roll as they placed first in #2 Doubles with a 4-0 record.  This team now has an overall record of 8-1.  The two top finishers in singles were Kelli Shaw and Erin Smith, as they took 5th and 6th respectively.  Homecoming weekend erased the possibility of traveling to Emporia for a Saturday meet.  However, the squad has the opportunity to travel that way on September 26th for a 6 team meet.

Tuesday, September 26, 2005
Emporia Invitational

Amidst the spiders and webs, the Lady Mustangs were able to share a claim of the Tournament Crown at the 6-team Emporia Invitational.  The home team Spartans were able to knot the score at 21 to share first place honors with the Central Squad.  Amanda Morris and Alicia Smith came away with 3 victories and a first place finish.  The competition was quite different from the previous week as Amanda and Alicia were able to march through to the championship.  Molly Martin and Grace Eisenhauer were equal to the task as they captured first place in #2 Doubles.  Molly and Grace got off to a fast start in the championship round and then fought off a strong challenge by the Emporia players in the middle and last games as the final game went to 5 deuce points.... the Lady Mustangs prevailed!  In the single's division Erin Smith drew into the stronger of the two pools and though she had two quality opponents, she picked up valuable court points and experience.  That is exactly what the coaches are looking for as we head into the playoffs.  Freshman Chelsi DeTurk battled her way into the finals of the #2 Division.  Chelsi was at 4-all in the finals, when her opponent as able to garner a break and was able to hold on to the break and use it to take the title.  Chelsi came away with a 2-1 record for the day.  So for the day, the Lady 'Stangs and coaching staff were able to walk away with a first place in Media Photo Journalism, a first place on the courts, and a first place in the McKee McNuggets Culinary Division..... score 50-0!


Monday, October 3, 2005
AVCTL League Championships

This year's league championship was held at Hutchinson.  The Mustangs came away from the seeding meeting knowing that their league title rested with the play of others, and the hope that an upset of their rivals could take place somewhere along the way to open the door.  The Central High players knew going into the meet where they had to place to make a run to defend their 2004 Championship.  Perhaps an upset would happen at #2 Doubles where there were a couple teams that were vulnerable.  To our players' credit, they held their seeds.  Unfortunately, the 'Stangs were an entry away all day and fell 4 points short of another League Title.  The Lady 'Stangs placed two entries into the finals and came away with a league Champion in #1 Doubles.  The team of Amanda Morris and Alicia Smith were in early control of their final match against McPherson and came away with the title.  In #2 Doubles the tandem of Molly Martin and Grace Eisenhauer made it to the finals, but came up short against the team of Marney and Marney from Maize.  Erin Smith took third place as she defeated Horton from McPherson in straight sets.  Kelli Shaw placed fourth in #1 Singles to round out the scoring for the Mustangs..... as they garnered 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishes at League.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
AVCTL League "JV" Championships

The JV League tournament was held at Hutchinson on Tuesday, October 4th.  The Central High tennis team defended their crown successfully as they won the AVCTL Junior Varsity Championship.  This was the second title for the Mustangs as they won the first title of the newly revamped Ark Valley League in 2004!  The Lady Mustangs tied the squad from Maize in team points, but were awarded the title in a little known tie-break rule.  All of the players enjoyed a solid day on the hard courts, as each entry came away with a winning record for the day. The mighty Mustangs were able to snag two championship titles in the double’s division as both the # 1 and #2 doubles teams completed a perfect day on the courts with a glossy  6-0 record .  Brooke Garlow and partner Hillary Straub marched through the competition in all matches in straight sets to snare the # 1 crown. The same held true for Morgan Haase and Shayna Hauserman as they also dispensed their opponents in straight sets to claim gold in the # 2 division!  It was a good day for the single’s players as well as Chelsi DeTurk found herself in the title match for # 1 singles crown.  While Chelsi did not walk away with the title, she gained valuable team points at the runner-up spot!  She also served notice to the league as a member of a potential potent product of freshmen from the Mustang stable of players!  Jessica Lee suffered a loss in the semis of #2 singles, however, she bounced back to win third place and walk away with a 2-1 record for the day. Congrat’s to this crew …..as they kept the JV League trophy in our display case!

Friday, October 7, 2005
McPherson Invitational

The Road-Weary Mustang Warriors set out to McPherson County on Thursday,  October 6th   to complete a tournament that had been washed out the previous Saturday.  This particular varsity meet usually boasts some of the top players in the area..…although five teams were unable to return…..many talented players were in attendance. Central was the defending champion of this meet and the squad was looking forward to renewed success on the hard courts.  As the day unfolded on the asphalt tarmac of the city courts..…the marauding Mustangs could not muster much of a charge to defend their title. To the Lady 'Stangs team’s credit they had an even record on the day securing 8 wins against 8 losses.  Senior Molly Bryan finished her career on a high note as her record was 2-1 on the day and she garnered a medal for winning the back-side bracket on the second tier . Shayna Hauserman and her partner Hannah Benyshek nailed down the 13th place slot on the bracket as they compiled a 3-2 record. Participating for the 'Stangs on the other double’s team was Hillary Straub and Chelsi DeTurk. Their record of 2-2 was strong enough to secure the 11th  place championship. Competing in singles in the other half of the bracket was Hannah Shoup, a junior transfer from the Wichita metro area. Hannah tallied a victory against an opponent she had  lost to previously at a meet in Salina …..with those points the Mustang team was able to climb past their nearest opponent and claim 8th place in the 12 team field.   

Monday, October 10, 2005
REGIONAL Championships

Salina Central was the host school for the six team 5A Regional.  Joining the two Salina Schools were:  Emporia, Shawnee Heights, Topeka Seaman, and Topeka West.  Following an unusually long seeding meeting, the players and coaches from Central were more than pleased with their player's seeds and placement in the bracket.  The Lady Mustangs secured a 1st and 3rd place seed in the Double's Bracket and came away with a 3rd and 6th place seed in the Single's Bracket.  Erin Smith and Kelli Shaw were the Lady 'Stangs entries on the single's side.  Kelli began the day well as she defeated Emporia's player, Amanda Roberts in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.  Unfortunately, as she had the match in the quarters to win to qualify for State, she came up short in a match against Jamie Stevens of Topeka Seaman.  Kelli's final season record ended at 12-12  Erin Smith, with her 3rd seed placement, drew a first round bye.  She then faced Terri Hopkins from Topeka West, who is a player that gives new meaning to the term, "backboard".  Erin needed to get by Hopkins to qualify for State.  Erin could not solve the Topeka player's style of play and fell in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.  Those two losses were unexpected and the Lady Mustangs were now faced with the task of getting their Doubles teams qualified.  The number 1 seed of Amanda Morris and Alicia Smith lived up to their seed as they had little trouble in reaching the finals with straight set victories over their opponents in the quarter and semi final rounds.  The duo of Ford and Lucero From Topeka Shawnee Heights forced our play up a notch in the semis, however Smitty and Manderz answered the bell and took control of the match in the 7th game of the first set and never looked back.  They now waited to see who their opponents would be in the finals.  Molly Martin and Grace Eisenhauer also drew a first round bye and were matched against a determined team from Topeka West: two sophomores who entered Regional play with a 17-6 record.  However, the tandem of Martin and Eisenhauer were also up to the challenge as they fought for every point and at one time won a tiebreaker 14-12!  The Mustangs persevered and came away  with a huge win and emotional victory.  Molly and Grace continued their stellar play as they now faced the #2 seed from Topeka West to try to make it to the Regional Finals and face their teammates from Salina Central. The team of Ellen Dicus and Jennifer Doole from Topeka West could not stop the focused duo of Molly and Grace, as the Mustangs won in straight sets to march into the finals against Morris and Smith.  Though the final score of 6-0, 6-0 doesn't indicate it, the regional final of Mustang teammates was a solid match between the two best teams at the regional.  The final outcome of Morris and Smith over Martin and Eisenhauer at regional gave the Mustangs the points they needed to claim the 5A Regional Championship in Salina.  The Doubles teams now have the opportunity to do well at State and getting both tandems into the semifinal rounds is a realistic goal.


Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 2005
5A STATE Championships

The Lady Mustangs headed to Wichita State University on Friday morning, October 14th, in hopes of defending their State title.  Although the Mustangs qualified both of their doubles teams, they knew it would be an uphill battle to defend their Three-peat 5A Titles.  Bishop Miege and Wichita Kapaun were the odds on favorites, because of their multiple entries and talented players.  Though the Mustang's hands were somewhat tied without any entries in the single's division, there was still a good chance to take hope some hardware with their Double's entries.  After a coin flip determined the 3rd and 4th seeds at State, the Mustang team of Martin and Eisenhauer could not have received a better quarter to begin play.   The team of Morris and Smith was a #2 seed at State and they also were in a favorable, and well earned place on the bracket.  The challenge for both teams was to get two wins on opening day. and that would force other teams to walk or talk on Saturday.  It would also assure the Mustangs of the points they would need to put them in the hunt for a top 3 finish?  More importantly, it would also force the play of other teams to perform.  Otherwise, the 'Stangs could be within striking distance on Saturday.  Play started out well for both Central teams as they dispatched their4 first round opponents in straight sets.  next up for the mustangs was the critical second round which would place both teams in the semis.  Martin and Eisenhauer were faced with opponents from St. Thomas, two freshman regional winners.  The central placers had their chances as either team failed to take control of the tempo early in the match.  The coaches felt confident as play continued, as it was only 4 days prior when this same team stepped it up so well at Regionals.  Central's team could not muster a rally in the first set and fell in the second set.  Untimely mistakes and unforced errors were their demise in this particular contest, an though this loss kept them from the semis, there was still a critical match yet to play that would keep them in a 5th through 8th place finish, and a chance to stay in the big points.  Meanwhile, the team of Morris and Smith was facing their second round Opponent, Biby and Jackson from Winfield.  Amanda And Alicia wasted little time and asserted themselves in their quarter match, as they took both sets while dropping only 2 games.  This win put them into the semis which would begin play on Saturday morning.  Meanwhile, on the backside, Martin and Eisenhauer still had an all important match to finish on Friday.  Plubell and Keterling from Blue Valley West was the team they needed to defeat to stay on course for a top 8 finish at State.  It was not meant to be, as the Octoberfest Full Moon took it's toll on the 'Stangs and handed them a haunting loss.  Next up for Morris and Smith in the semis was the duo of Ronsee and Gayer from McPherson, and though the 'Stangs have defeated them twice previously, this is state and Mac is a solid team.  However, the third time was the charm!  Amanda and Alicia came out of the gates strong.  Their physical play and determination was the difference in the match as they won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.  They had now secured a place in the finals!!  The finals would provide an interesting match-up as two players, Morris and Rachel. Hush, have previously won state titles, and Smith was a state finalist in the 2004 doubles match. Gillian Hush had made it to the doubles' semis in 2004 with a different partner, and had been defeated by Central's Bengston and Smith. The Mustangs began the title match by holding serve and importantly, sweeping that game in 4 straight points!!  The Kapaun team responded by holding serve and then breaking in the third, doing so, after the Stangs had game point, but could not convert...this proved to be instrumental to the match as the Hush sisters seized the momentum and went on to play near flawless points. The match did have several championship exchanges of points and the play was equal to the talent of the four finalists. Kapaun walked away with the deserved title, however, the team of Morris and Smith proved to be worthy adversaries.

The Salina Central Lady Mustangs finished with 15 points and a 5th place finish in the Team Standings.

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