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2006

Monday, August 28, 2006
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT                                    

Mustangs cruise to doubles crown

TOPEKA -- Salina Central won 15 of its 16 matches en route to winning the Shawnee Heights Doubles Classic on Monday in their first action of the season.

The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed because of rain.

Central's No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 teams each went 4-0 on the day while the No. 3 team finished second with a 3-1 record.

Amanda Morris and her sister Abby Morris were the Mustangs' No. 1 team and won all four of their matches as did the No. 2 team of Grace Eisenhauer and Erin Smith, and the No. 4 team of Chelsi DeTurk and Morgan Haase. The No. 3 team consisted of Brooke Garlow and Shayna Hauserman.

Central piled up 15 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Topeka High, which had eight points.

"We won 15 of 16 matches, not a bad way to start the season," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "Give the credit to the girls, they did a tremendous job."

Central plays two more matches this week, starting with a quadrangular on Thursday at Oakdale Park. The Mustangs travel to Wichita on Saturday to compete in the Wichita Collegiate Classic.


Thursday, August 31, 2006
SALINA CENTRAL QUAD

Central's DeTurk wins No. 2 singles

SALINA -- A first-place finish in No. 2 singles by Salina Central sophomore Chelsi DeTurk was the top showing for Salina athletes competing at the Central tennis quadrangular Thursday at Oakdale Park.

DeTurk went 3-0 in the round-robin event and helped the Mustangs to a second-place finish in the team standings. Hutchinson won the team title with 14 points, followed by Central with nine, Marysville with eight and Sacred Heart had five.

Mustang head coach Micheal Goll, saving his top six players for a Saturday tournament at Wichita, had his second team competing in Thursday's quadrangular.

Central also had a runner-up finish in No. 1 singles from Matea Dobrostal, while freshmen Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield teamed for a 2-1 record and second-place finish in No. 2 doubles.

Sacred Heart's top finish came in No. 1 doubles, where Maureen Mikinski and Carolyn Klenda combined to take second with two wins in three matches.

In their final match, Mikinski and Klenda defeated Central's Hillary Straub and Morgan Haase in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4), one of two losses in a tiebreaker for Straub-Haase.

Sacred Heart also got a third-place finish in No. 2 doubles from Emily Douglas and Morgan Hale.


Saturday, September 2, 2006
WICHITA COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

Central wins rugged Collegiate tourney

WICHITA -- The Salina Central girls tennis team picked up an impressive victory Saturday, claiming the team title at the Wichita Collegiate Tennis Classic.

The 12-team tournament included the defending state champions in Class 5A (Wichita Kapaun) and 3A (Collegiate). Central finished with 74 points to top Kapaun in second with 66, followed by Blue Valley Northwest with 64 and Collegiate with 56 points.

The Mustangs had entries reach the championship match in both singles and doubles.

Senior Amanda Morris went 3-1 and took second in the singles division. Her day included an 8-2 victory over No. 2 seed Jessica Ball of Collegiate in the semifinals.

Central seniors Grace Eisenhauer and Erin Smith held their No. 2 seed in the doubles competition, winning their first three matches before falling in the championship match.

"I was very proud of the ladies and their ability to answer challenges," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "The scary thing about their performance is that they don't know yet how good they could be."

Central also got an 11th place finish in singles from freshman Abby Morris, while the Mustang doubles team of senior Brooke Garlow and sophomore Shayna Hauserman also took 11th.


Tuesday, September 5, 2006
NEWTON INVITATIONAL

Singles sweep fires Mustangs to title

NEWTON -- Behind singles titles from Abby Morris and Matea Dobrostal, Salina Central's girls tennis team walked away with a four-point victory at Tuesday's Newton Invitational.

The Mustangs compiled 27 points to best Arkansas City, which finished with 23.

Morris edged Andover's Kristin McKee 9-8 (8-6) to claim the No. 1 singles crown, while Dobrostal nipped Andover's Danielle Cary 9-6 in the No. 2 singles final.

Central also got solid performances from both of its doubles teams. In No. 1 doubles, the team of Grace Eisenhauer and Erin Smith defeated Andover's Shelia Saffafi and Kasey Ellis 9-5 to take third place. In No. 2 doubles, Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield advances to the finals but fell to Arkansas City's Courtney Cramel and Kim Wilson 9-3 and had to settle for second.

"Our split squad consisted of three freshman, and each of them came to play with fire in their eyes," Central coach Micheal Goll said.


Monday, September 11, 2006
SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL

'STANGS SWEEP
Singles, doubles titles propel Central to runner-up finish
Sean Purcell
Salina Journal
Amanda Morris was on the brink of a big-time collapse.
JEFF COOPER / Salina Journal
Salina Central senior Amanda Morris won the singles title at Monday's Central Invitational, defeating Maize's Jillian Yakominich 8-7 (7-5). The Mustangs generated 96 points on the day, trailing only 6A Maize's 103.

Her two-break lead was but a distant memory. Now down 7-6, the Salina Central senior needed to hold serve just to force a tiebreaker, which wasn't so automatic given she had already been broken three times in the match.

Things looked bleak, but Morris wasn't about to throw in the towel just yet.

"Once she got to seven, I knew I had to do something different," Morris said. "I decided I wasn't going to go for it early in the point. I was going to wait until she hit a shorter ball so I could for sure come in on it."

Morris' change in strategy proved to be the perfect cure-all. She successfully held serve and went on to win the match 8-7 (7-5) over Maize's Jillian Yakominich and claim the singles title at Monday's Central tennis invitational -- her first ever individual title at a home meet.

The Mustangs also claimed the doubles title as the team of Grace Eisenhauer and Abby Morris edged Emily Jones and Kasey Spencer of Goddard by, oddly enough, the same final -- 8-7 (7-5). Central took second as team with 96 points. Maize was first with 103.

"It was definitely a goal for me," said Amanda Morris (8-1) of winning the singles draw. "I knew it was possible, but I had to go out and play well."

 
Playing together for the first time, Central senior Grace Eisenhauer teamed with freshman Abby Morris to win the doubles title 8-7 (7-5) over Goddard's Emily Jones and Kasey Spencer.

Eisenhauer and Abby Morris also had to rally for their first-place medal.

Competing in their first meet as a team, the duo erased a 3-0 deficit in the finals to claim victory. They also were down 7-6 and needing to hold serve to force a tiebreaker. Morris, a freshman, was able to deliver.

In the tiebreaker, Eisenhauer and Morris rolled to a 5-1 lead, thanks to a pair of nice winners from Eisenhauser, but dropped the next three points.

Morris helped ensure victory, though, when she tracked down a lob shot and hit the final winner.

"We got up there in the tiebreaker, but then we kind of let them back in," Abby said. "But we were still able to win."

And that wasn't even their best comeback of the afternoon.

In a semifinal match against McPherson's top team of Amanda Gayer and Hanna Heidebrecht, Eisenhauser and Morris were down 6-1 before roaring back to win 8-6.

"We knew we could battle back (in the finals) if we made some shots," Eisenhauer said. "We had done it once already."

While Central coach Micheal Goll was glad to see the recently formed team of Eisenhauer and Morris have some success, he knows he will face a tough decision when it comes time to finalize a lineup for regionals next month.

"It's tough to pull Abby away from No. 2 singles because she is such a tough player," Goll said. "We know Amanda is our No. 1, but do we want to take Abby out of the singles and put her into a solid situation at doubles? That's our dilemma right now."

Central also got points from singles player Matea Dobrostal, who took 11th place, and the doubles team of Brooke Garlow and Erin Smith, who claimed sixth.

Salina South took seventh with 49 points behind a solid showing from singles player Tia Irwin, who finished in ninth despite losing her second match. She was 4-1 on the day.

"I tried to take it easy in those first two (matches) and maybe that's why I lost my second one," said Irwin, who is battling an injured rotator cuff. "It's a little tingly now, but it will be better."


Thursday, September 14, 2006
DERBY INVITATIONAL

Mustangs take third at Derby Invite

DERBY -- Behind a second-place showing from its No. 2 doubles team of Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield, Salina Central's girls tennis squad took third at Thursday's Derby Invitational. The Mustangs compiled 16 points. Hutchinson won the meet with 22 points.

Kinder and Mansfield finished the day with a 2-1 record, their only loss coming in a tiebreaker to a team from Emporia which qualifier for state last year.

In No. 1 singles action, Matea Dobrostal also went 2-1 on the day but had to settle for fifth. Her loss came in the first round. No. 2 singles player Hannah Shoup also finished 2-1 and took fifth. Central's No. 1 doubles team of Shayna Hauserman and Morgan Haase took fourth.

Central returns to the courts Saturday at Emporia.

"I thought we did very well," coach Micheal Goll said.


Saturday, September 16, 2006
EMPORIA INVITATIONAL

Abby Morris leads Mustangs to title

EMPORIA -- Freshman Abby Morris rolled through the No. 2 singles bracket Saturday at the Emporia Invitational, sparking the Salina Central Mustangs to the team title on a hot and windy day.

Morris finished the day 5-0, losing only 10 games along the way, and beat Olathe East's Libby Marden in the finals. Senior Amanda Morris was 4-1 in No. 1 singles, falling to Ally Majercik of Olathe East in the finals.

The Mustangs won the team title with 17 points. Olathe East finished second with 13 points and McPherson third with 11.

"All in all, I felt the ladies did what they had to do to beat the elements as well as their opponents," Central coach Micheal Goll said.

Central's No. 1 doubles team of Grace Eisenhauer and Erin Smith finished 3-2 and grabbed third place. The No. 2 doubles team of Brooke Garlow and Shayna Hauserman was undefeated at 5-0 to win the division.


Tuesday, September 19, 2006
WICHITA COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

Central reigns with makeshift lineup

WICHITA -- The lineup may change, but the results continue to be the same for Salina Central's girls tennis team.

The Mustangs won Tuesday's Wichita Collegiate Invitational despite not the services of several seniors. Central, with 29 team points, edged Goddard (27), Collegiate (26) and Winfield (25).

"We had a great showing with kind of a makeshift lineup because of homecoming activities," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "Three of the four in doubles were freshmen."

Both of Central's doubles teams took first place. The No. 1 doubles team of Abby Morris and Grace Eisenhauser rolled to the title, defeating Goddard 8-5 in the finals. In No. 2 doubles, Emily Kinder and Haley Mansfield cruised to a three-win day. They also upended a team from Goddard in the finals, winning 8-2.

In singles, No. 2 player Morgan Haase went 2-1 and took third, while No. 1 player Matea Dobrostal settled for fourth.

Central is back in action Thursday at the Salina South Invitational.


Monday, September 25, 2006
EMPORIA  INVITATIONAL II

Singles sweep leads Mustangs to title

EMPORIA -- Amanda Morris and Erin Smith dominated singles play in leading Salina Central to the championship of the Emporia Invitational tennis tournament Monday afternoon.

Morris won the No. 1 singles title and Smith the No. 2 singles crown, both with 3-0 records.

Morris continued her season-long sizz, losing just nine games in three matches. She defeated Hallie Kretsinger of Emporia 8-1 in the championship.

Smith moved into singles play for the first time this season and also breezed to the title, losing just six games. She defeated Ester Lee of Wichita East 8-4 in the title match.

"Erin has been playing doubles, but played singles last year and was our No. 1 player," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "She played very well and won in smooth fashion. I was especially pleased with her play."

The Mustangs' No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Garlow and Shayna Hauserman took second with a 2-1 record. They lost to Rachael Bachman and Emelia Chiroy of Emporia 8-3 in the title match.

The No. 2 doubles team of Hillary Straub and Matea Dobrostal placed fourth with a 1-2 record.

Central finished with 22 points. Wichita East was second with 22 and Emporia third with 16.

"This was a good tune-up for us heading into our meet at Goddard (on Thursday) and (Ark Valley Chisholm Trail) League on Monday," Goll said.


Thursday, September 28, 2006
GODDARD INVITATIONAL

No. 1 doubles team delivers Mustangs

GODDARD -- With the team title hanging in the balance, Salina Central's top doubles team came through in fine form.

The Mustangs' duo of Abby Morris and Grace Eisenhauer won the No. 1 doubles title at Thursday's Goddard Invitational and in the process gave Central a one-point team victory (22-21) over Wichita Independent.

"It came down to No. 1 doubles," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "If we win it, we win (the tournament) and if we lose we finished second. We didn't tell them about the team score before they played, then told them after they won."

Morris and Eisenhauer won their final match 8-6. Central also got solid performances from singles players Amanda Morris and Shayna Hauserman. Amanda Morris finished second in No. 1 singles while Hauserman was second in No. 2.
 


Saturday, September 30, 2006
McPHERSON INVITATIONAL

Amanda Morris rolls to singles title

McPHERSON -- Salina Central senior Amanda Morris met little resistance on her way to the singles title Saturday at the McPherson Invitational girls tennis tournament.

Morris went 4-0 on the day, including an 8-1 victory over Topeka West's Teri Hopkins in the title match. None of her four opponents won more than one game against Morris.

Central also got a fifth-place finish in doubles from Brooke Garlow and Erin Smith. Garlow and Smith lost in the quarterfinals to Hutchinson, but finished with back-to-back victories to go 4-1.

Central only took half its team to this tournament and still finished seventh among the 16 teams with 57 points. That was one spot and one point ahead of Salina South in eighth. West won the team title and McPherson was second.

South's top finish came from sophomore Tia Irwin in singles. Irwin went 3-2 and finished 10th, winning twice in the consolation bracket after a quarterfinal loss.

The Cougars also had a 13th-place finish in doubles from Megan Quinley and Jill Robl. Quinley and Robl went 3-2 on the day and had three matches go to the tiebreaker, winning two.

Both South and Central will compete in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet Monday at Maize.
 


Monday, October 2, 2006
AVCTL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mustangs capture league tennis title
First-place performances by Amanda Morris, tandem of Garlow-Smith lead Central

The Salina Journal
MAIZE -- After watching their string of three consecutive league tennis titles come to an end last year, the Salina Central girls didn't wait long to begin a new streak.

The Mustangs edged defending champion Maize to claim the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League title on Monday at the Maize High School courts.

Central had a first-place finish in No. 1 singles from senior Amanda Morris, and another championship in No. 2 doubles from seniors Brooke Garlow and Erin Smith.

With 18 team points, the Mustangs topped runner-up Maize with 16, while Goddard finished third with 13 points. Salina South finished fifth in the team standings with six points.

"Maize was kind of the favorite going in and they have a very good team," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "They were the ones we had to beat and it came down to the two of us at the end."

The tournament title literally came down to the last match on the court, where Garlow and Smith, the tourney's No. 3 seed, were facing top-seeded Haley Marceau and Krista Lindsay of Goddard.

"We knew if we won that match we'd win the tournament, but if we lost we would tie with Maize and more than likely lose the tiebreaker," Goll said. "We had the two seniors out there and it was their day to shine. They stepped right up and were able to win 6-1, 6-1 and win the title for us."

Morris had little trouble advancing to the title match, where she defeated Maize junior Jillian Yakominich, 6-3, 6-4.

It was the third victory over Yakominich this season for Morris, who also won an AVCTL title in No. 1 doubles last season with Alicia Smith.

Central also got a runner-up finish in No. 2 singles from sophomore Shayna Hauserman. In the championship match, Hauserman fell 6-1, 6-0 to Maize junior Kari Bosch, a Class 6A regional champion last year.

South sophomore Tia Irwin was fourth in No. 1 singles, getting a key victory in pool play over Goddard's Earlynn Lauer, 6-2, 6-4. Irwin had two losses to Lauer earlier this season.

"That was probably the key match for us today," South coach David Stueve said. "That was a good win for Tia."

The Cougars also got a fourth-place finish in No. 2 doubles from Danielle Parks and Angelica Vierya, who fell to Jackie Frentz and Jaimie Williams of Maize in the third-place match, 6-3, 6-2.

It was a marked improvement for the Cougars, who finished last in this meet a year ago and won only one match.

"I told the girls we had a much better day today than we did last year and I'm excited that we were able to finish with better results," Stueve said. "Now we'll gear up and get ready for our regional on Thursday."

Both South and Central will take part in the Class 5A regional Thursday at Veteran's Park in Great Bend.

 


Thursday, October 5, 2006
5A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mustangs ride though 5A regional meet
Amanda Morris has little trouble in No. 1 singles division

The Salina Journal
GREAT BEND -- Another title won and one more to go after.

Salina Central's girls tennis team dominated Thursday's Class 5A regional at Great Bend, winning the team trophy thanks to individual wins from singles player Amanda Morris and the doubles team of Abby Morris and Grace Eisenhauer.

Also qualifying for the Mustangs for the 5A state tournament in McPherson, which begins next Friday, was singles player Shayna Hauserman, who took third.

Central scored 14 points as a team, besting second-place Hutchinson by five. McPherson was third with six points.

Senior Amanda Morris had no problem winning the singles title. She defeated Salina South's Tia Irwin 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, then bested Hutchinson's Courtney Ringler 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.

"Amanda kind of blitzed through the singles, dominated the field," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "We were happy to get three of four entries in (the state tournament). I'm very proud of them."

Eisenhauer and Abby Morris had a much more adventurous championship match.

After winning the first set of their contest with Hutchinson's Sydney Ramsey and Jessica St. Germaine 6-0, Eisenhauser and Morris lost the second set 6-3 before taking the final set 7-5.

Hauserman lost the first set of her third-place match with Irwin 6-0, but went on to win the final two sets 6-2, 6-0. With the fourth-place finish, Irwin will also compete at state.

"Tia had the goal of qualifying for state, and she did that," South coach David Stueve said. "We hope she can represent South well."

Both of McPherson's doubles teams qualified for state, finishing third and fourth, respectively. Representing the Bullpups will be the team of Amanda Gayer and Hanna Heidebrecht and the team of Shelby Horton and Kristen Reith.


Thursday, October 12, 2006
5A STATE PREVIEW

'Stangs intend to make a racket
With three entries, Central sets its sights on a top-three 5A finish
Larry Moritz
Salina Journal

STATE TENNIS

When

Friday-Saturday.

Where

6A: Wichita (Riverside Tennis Center).

5A: McPherson (high school, city courts).

4A: Emporia (high school courts).

3-2-1A: Hillsboro (Sports Complex).

Defending champs

6A: Blue Valley North.

5A: Wichita Kapaun.

4A: Parsons.

3-2-1-A: Wichita Collegiate.

Though they sometimes made it look easy, winning three consecutive girls state tennis titles in Class 5A took a lot of hard work for the Salina Central Mustangs.

Getting back to the top is proving equally tough.

Central won three straight 5A championships from 2002 through 2004, then finished a respectable fifth place last year. Improving on that finish and making another run at the title are the top priority as the Mustangs return to the 5A state tournament starting Friday at the McPherson High School courts.

While Central advanced three entries to state during last week's regional meet, it will need points from all three to have a chance at reclaiming the top spot.

Defending champion Wichita Kapaun is one of three schools that qualified its entire team, along with Shawnee Mission Miege (the 2005 state runner-up) and St. Thomas Aquinas. Like Central, three other schools -- Wichita Carroll, Emporia and Topeka West -- qualified three of four entries.

Those seven schools will make up 75 percent of the tournament field.

"Wichita Kapaun is the overwhelming favorite going into the tournament," first-year Central coach Micheal Goll said. "As far as the rest of the field, a lot of people were able to qualify at least three entries as well, and the more entries you get in, the better chance you have of scoring points.

"If we play to our ability -- these girls are good -- we're looking for a top three finish. If we get into that area, anything can happen to move us anywhere in those top three."

"We're going to go out and try to play our best," Central senior Grace Eisenhauer said. "Hopefully we'll play like we have all season. I know I want to play well at state and finish my senior year strong."

Central participants will be senior Amanda Morris and sophomore Shayna Hauserman in the singles bracket, while Eisenhauer and freshman Abby Morris, Amanda's sister, will be partners in doubles.

"We have a lot of experience with Amanda at state all four years and Grace has been at state before in doubles," Goll said. "But the other two, it will be their first time at state.

"So far they've shown they aren't afraid of competition and they aren't the kind that are going to back away from it."

Last week's regional championship and a 27-3 record in singles play this season will give Amanda Morris one of the tournament's top seeds. Morris is making her fourth state meet appearance, her second playing singles.

She won a state title as a freshman playing doubles with Kate Bengtson, and was state runner-up last year in doubles while playing with Alicia Smith. She also finished fourth in singles her sophomore year.

"If I get past the first two rounds, I really have nothing to lose," Morris said. "In my head I'll know it will be the last two matches of my high school career and I'll put it all out there and see what happens."

Hauserman spent the first month of the season competing in doubles before agreeing to a switch, making her first appearance in singles only two weeks ago at the Goddard Invitational.

She takes an 8-3 singles record into state, including a third-place finish at last week's regional meet.

"Shayna was the one that stepped forward and said she wanted to do whatever was best for the team," Goll said.

"She'll have a tough draw going into state because her first-round match will be against a second-place finisher from regional. But she's had a good week of practice and has been willing to do that extra stuff to get ready, so I anticipate her having a good weekend also."

Eisenhauer was a state qualifier with doubles partner Molly Martin a year ago. Abby Morris has played both singles and doubles for Central this season but recently settled in as Eisenhauer's doubles partner.

In addition to a regional championship last week, Morris and Eisenhauer have won tourney titles at the Goddard, Wichita Collegiate and Central meets. They are 15-2 as partners and their only two losses came in the same meet, when they finished fourth at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League tournament.

"Overall Abby is 30-4 for the year in singles and doubles, and Grace is 27-6," Goll said. "They are both very good doubles players and have been a good fit."

"Both of us are really dedicated and neither is satisfied walking off the court knowing we lost," Eisenhauer said.

Central has had a doubles team play in the state championship match each of the last three years.

Salina South sophomore Tia Irwin will make her first state tournament appearance after finishing fourth at last week's regional. Irwin owns a 17-10 record and will face one of the meet's top four seeds in the opening round.

McPherson qualified both its doubles teams for state. Junior Amanda Gayer and sophomore Hanna Heidebrecht are 19-5 after finishing third at last week's regional, and Gayer finished fourth at state a year ago with then partner Chelsea Ronsse. Bullpup sophomores Shelby Horton and Kristen Reith are 15-7.

 

One final fling for versatile Morris
All-time Central win leader wraps up career at 5A meet
Larry Moritz
Salina Journal
Last week's victory in the Class 5A regional championship match was more than just another tournament title for Amanda Morris.
 

Morris

It also served as a testament to her consistency and talent over the past four years.

A senior at Salina Central, Morris picked up her school- record 118th career victory with the Mustang tennis team when she defeated Hutchinson's Courtney Ringler in the regional final. That pushed her one victory ahead of former standouts Ashley Wilson and Sydney Moshier, the longtime doubles partners who each ended their four years at Central with 117 wins.

"Going into the season, I had no idea I was on track to break that record," Morris said. "It does mean a lot to me because coach has told me (Moshier and Wilson) got to the finals three out of the four years at state, something that I'm hoping to do this weekend.

"I worked hard for four years and got myself in position to where I had a chance to break the record."

Morris will have a chance to add to that total today and Saturday when she competes in the Class 5A state tournament at the McPherson High School and Wall Park courts. Morris is 31-3 this season, including a 27-3 record in singles play.

While she has concentrated primarily on singles this season, Morris has been willing to play singles or doubles for the Mustangs in the past.

She won a state title as a freshman, replacing injured teammate Layne Graham as a doubles partner for Kate Bengtson. Morris and Bengtson defeated Central teammates Alex Rodenbeek and Katie Huseman in the 5A championship match.

She went it alone as a sophomore and placed fourth in singles at the 5A state tournament. Last season it was back to doubles, this time with senior Alicia Smith. Morris and Smith advanced to the 5A championship match before falling to Wichita Kapaun's unbeaten duo of Rachel and Gillian Hush.

"Coming in as a freshman I was playing tournaments in the summer and I was strictly a singles player. I didn't even consider doubles," Morris said. "My freshman year when the injury happened to Layne, I was pretty upset at first because I was so keyed on singles.

"We ended up winning it and everything worked out, and last year I loved playing doubles with Alicia. I've learned to enjoy doubles now and I like the mixture. When I get sick of one I can always play the other."

In addition to the school record for victories, Morris finished her career with a perfect 24-0 record in league and regional tournaments. She placed first or second in every tournament she participated in this season and her three losses are to players who are a combined 65-4 going into state.

"Amanda is one of those girls who is always out there, always practicing," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "I've told people that Amanda can get more done in the first 15 minutes of practice than most kids get done in an hour-and-a-half.

"That's not putting other girls down. It's just saying how dedicated and hard working Amanda is."

If Morris has her record broken some day, it may be by a player with the same last name. Her younger sister Abby, a freshman at Central, is 30-4 this season. Amanda and Abby were doubles partners once this season, going 4-0 to win the Shawnee Heights Invitational.

"I'm glad I got to have at least one year and that I got to play one tournament with her in doubles," Amanda said.

"I don't think she expected to play doubles this year and it will definitely benefit her too. It helped her improve her volleys and that should be good for her the next three years."

A member of the Central girls basketball and soccer teams, Morris has not determined where she will attend college or which sport she will play when she gets there.

"I've been focused so much on state that I've kind of blocked out the fact that this is it," Morris said. "After it's over I still have a decision to make about college, but there will definitely be some tears on Saturday.

"It's been a great four years and looking back, I'd do everything the same and I'm glad I played every position that I did."


Thursday, October 13-14, 2006
5A STATE

Central tennis in position
Amanda Morris, one doubles team advance to semifinals of Class 5A state tournament
The Salina Journal
McPHERSON -- Salina Central's Amanda Morris and the doubles team of Abby Morris and Grace Eisenhauer advanced into today's semifinals by winning both of their matches Friday in the Class 5A state tennis tournament.

Morris defeated Kristen Mitts of St. Thomas Aquinas 6-0, 6-1 and Caitlin Dorn of Wichita Carroll 6-0, 6-4. She plays Maureen Rielly of Bishop Miege in the semis at 10 a.m. at Wall Park.

Abby Morris and Eisenhauer defeated Margeaux Welsh and Renee Schultz of Bishop Miege 6-1, 6-0 and outlasted Jessica Isley and Hillary Hicks of Wichita Carroll 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4. They play Lujan Brower DeKoning and Nicole Jara of St. Thomas Aquinas in the semis at 10 at Wall Park.

Central's other entry, Shayna Hauserman, lost her first-round singles match to Charmine Willis of Bishop Miege 6-4, 6-3, but stayed alive in the hunt for ninth place with a victory over Morgan Hines of Shawnee Heights 6-3, 7-5 before losing to Megan Schulte of Wichita Kapaun 9-5. She plays at 10 a.m. at Wall Park and needs a victory to play for ninth.

lost her first-round singles match to Charmine Willis of Bishop Miege 6-4, 6-3, but stayed alive in the hunt for ninth place with a victory over Morgan Hines of Shawnee Heights 6-3, 7-5 before losing to Megan Schulte of Wichita Kapaun 9-5. She plays at 10 a.m. at Wall Park and needs a victory to play for ninth.

"We're where we want to be -- singles and doubles in the semis and Hauserman playing for ninth," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "Amanda's rolling through. The doubles aren't playing their best, but they won. They've found a way to win."

Salina South's Tia Irwin was eliminated after losing her first two matches. She lost to Rielly 6-0, 6-2, then fell to Shannon Johnston of Topeka West.
 

 

Central emerges third in 5A
Amanda Morris places third in singles; Abby Morris-Eisenhauer finish fourth in doubles
Larry Moritz
Salina Journal
McPHERSON -- The final shot of her high school career was typical Amanda Morris, a perfectly placed lob that fell just inside the baseline, leaving Hutchinson's Courtney Ringler scrambling in vain.
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Central's Amanda Morris returns a volley during her third-place match victory against Hutchinson's Courtney Ringler.

And a short time later, just as Morris predicted, the tears would fall as well.

It wasn't exactly where she wanted it to end, but Morris was victorious in her final match as a member of the Salina Central girls tennis team. The Mustang senior downed Ringler 6-4, 6-3 in the third-place singles match of the Class 5A state tournament Saturday at Wall Park.

Third is also where Central finished in the tourney's team standings. The Mustangs got a fourth-place showing in doubles from senior Grace Eisenhauer and freshman Abby Morris, scoring 23 points to trail only defending champion Wichita Kapaun (40) and runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas (26).

"Our goal going in was to be in the top three," Central coach Micheal Goll said. "The girls might be disappointed it wasn't first or second, but I hope that doesn't overshadow all their accomplishments.

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Salina Central's Grace Eisenhauer (foreground) and Abby Morris celebrate a point during their consolation doubles match at the 5A state tournament at McPherson.

"We lost a lot of talented players from last year's team and I don't think a lot of people expected this team to accomplish what it did. I'm very proud of a third-place finish with this bunch of girls in this field."

Amanda Morris was hoping to play in a state title match for the third time in four years, but fell in the morning semifinals to Shawnee Mission Miege junior Maureen Rielley, 6-1, 6-3.

"I finished the way I expected pretty much," Morris said. "This morning I gave it all I could and I knew as long as I did that, I wouldn't be disappointed at the end of the day."

The third-place match was the fifth meeting this season between Morris and Ringler, all finishing in favor of Morris. The two met in the regional championship match last week, and Saturday it was Morris grabbing a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Neither player held serve in the first four games and the opening set was tied at 4-4 before Morris settled into her game.

"That first set I didn't come out telling myself that this was it," Morris said. "I acted like if I played solid I would pull through.

"(Ringler) was playing better than I expected. In the second set I kept the ball in play and was a little more patient, waiting to put it away."

Morris finished the season with a 34-3 record and a school record 121 career victories. After her final match she shared hugs with family and friends while her emotions finally caught up to her.

"This program was so much fun to be a part of, every single year," Amanda said. "I'm really going to miss it, especially when I come back to watch my sister play."

Hoping to place a Central doubles team in the state final for a fourth consecutive year, Eisenhauer and Abby Morris fell in the semifinals to Lujan Brouwer de Koning and Nicole Jara of St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-0, 6-1.

Eisenhauer-Morris faced another Aquinas team in the third-place match, but could not come up with timely points in several games in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Nikki Heilman and Elizabeth Close.

"The doubles bracket was really loaded so fourth is good," Eisenhauer said. "I really wish we could have gotten third, but we didn't always play the game we're capable of playing.

"Almost all of the games went to deuce and were back and forth, but we couldn't pull out some of the points we needed."

"We had our opportunities and just couldn't capitalize," Abby said. "We struggled to put games away."

The third-place matches were held on adjacent courts, so the final match of Amanda Morris' career ended approximately 10 minutes before the final match of Abby Morris' freshman year.

"I tried to watch her match while we were playing," Abby said. "That's probably not the best thing to do, but she played awesome. I just hope I can follow that up."

Central sophomore Shayna Hauserman needed a win Saturday morning to advance to the ninth-place match, but had her season come to an end with a 9-3 loss to Topeka West's Teri Hopkins.

McPherson's doubles team of Amanda Gayer and Hannah Heidebrecht won four consecutive matches in the consolation bracket, including a 9-5 victory over Topeka West's Annie Doole and Ellen Dicus for fifth place. The Bullpups, who finished eighth in the team standings, also had a 10th-place finish in doubles from Shelby Horton and Kristen Reith.
 


 

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