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
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
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
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
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
"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
Singles, doubles titles propel Central to
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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Thursday, October 5, 2006
5A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mustangs ride though 5A regional
Amanda Morris has little trouble in No. 1
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
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
Thursday, October 12, 2006
5A STATE PREVIEW
to make a racket
With three entries, Central sets its
sights on a top-three 5A finish
6A: Wichita (Riverside Tennis Center).
5A: McPherson (high school, city courts).
4A: Emporia (high school courts).
3-2-1A: Hillsboro (Sports Complex).
6A: Blue Valley North.
5A: Wichita Kapaun.
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
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
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
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
She takes an 8-3 singles record
into state, including a third-place finish at last week's
"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
"Both of us are really dedicated
and neither is satisfied walking off the court knowing we lost,"
Central has had a doubles team
play in the state championship match each of the last three
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
All-time Central win leader wraps up
career at 5A meet
Last week's victory in the Class 5A regional
championship match was more than just another tournament title
for Amanda 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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"That's not putting other girls
down. It's just saying how dedicated and hard working Amanda
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
"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
"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
Central tennis in position
Amanda Morris, one doubles team advance
to semifinals of Class 5A state tournament
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
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
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.
RODRICK REIDSMA / Salina
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
"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.
RODRICK REIDSMA / Salina
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
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,
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
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
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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