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2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT                                    

LADY MUSTANGS ROLL TO TITLE

The Salina Central tennis team won it's season opener in Topeka Saturday.  The Lady Mustangs ended the day with a total record of 14-1 in all matches played.  Leading the way for Salina Central was the #1 doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman, as they went 5-0 on the day to take first place.  DeTurk and Hauserman were regional champions last season as sophomores.  Also finishing with a record of 5-0, was the #2 doubles team of Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs.  The senior-freshman duo were playing in their first tournament together and won their championship match 8-0 over Lansing.  Finally, the #3 doubles team of Stacie Burnett and Rachel Norris  were able to reach the finals of their division, but fell to Lansing 2-8.

Salina Central took the team championship with a total of 15 points, Lansing was runner-up with 12 points, and in third place was The Lady Mustangs are back in action next Thursday, as they host the Salina Central Quad. 
 


Thursday, September 3, 2009
SALINA CENTRAL QUAD
 

CENTRAL WINS QUADRANGULAR

The Central girls tennis team won three of four divisions and took first in the team standings Thursday at the Central Quadrangular. The Mustangs had nine points, followed by Hutchinson with eight and Marysville with seven.

Centralís Jordan Brown finished 3-0 to take the No. 2 singles title, while Stacie Burnett and Carolyn Exline were also unbeaten in No. 2 doubles.

Centralís No. 1 doubles team of Haley Mansfield and Jarah Cooper went 2-1, but finished in a three-way tie for first and won the tiebreaker by percentage points. Laurel Michel took third for the Mustangs in No. 1 singles.

Sacred Heart had two entries in the tournament, with Chelsea Ellis (No. 1 singles) and Sydney Ellis (No. 2) both taking fourth.


Saturday, September 5, 2009
SALINA CENTRAL MUSTANG DUELS

Central second to No. 1 ST. THOMAS Aquinas
Mustangs fall short by just point at home meet; unique format emphasized depth

The rankings held true, but the Salina Central girls tennis team more than held its own against the No. 1 team in its class.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, finished second Saturday at the Central duel meet with 23 points, only one point behind top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas.

The meet was contested in a round-robin format, with each of the five teams consisting of 10 players ó four singles players and three doubles teams. One point was awarded for each match won for a maximum of 28.  Aquinas and Central were followed by Arkansas City with 13 points, Salina South in fourth with 8 points and Emporia with 2.

ďThis event tests our depth but it also was a great opportunity to bring in a representative from different regions of the state,Ē Central coach Mike Goll said. ďWe were able to see Aquinas from the Kansas City area and Arkansas City from way down south.  ďIt was a chance to get some indirects and directs set for when we do the seedings for regional and state.Ē

Central won three of the meetís seven divisions, including both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Juniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman went 4-0 to win No. 1 doubles, while teammates Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs were also unbeaten in four matches on the way to the No. 2 doubles title.  Junior Jordan Brown claimed the Mustangsí lone singles crown, winning
the No. 2 division.

Aquinas is the defending 5A state champion and went 4-3 in head-to-head meetings with Central.  ďRight now St. Thomas is ranked No. 1, so it was a good opportunity to see where we stand and where we need to go,Ē Goll said. ďIím completely pleased with where we are right now."  "Our new doubles team with Abby and Gabby, thatís a senior-freshman team and they are developing into a very good team. Jordan Brown went 4-0 today with some tough matches.Ē

Central also had runner-up finishes in three divisions. Rachel Norris went 3-1 in No. 3 singles and Kaleigh Parker was 3-1 in No. 4 singles. The Mustangs third doubles team of Haley Mansfield and Jarah Cooper also took second, while Laurel Michel was third in No. 1 singles.

South had a pair of third-place finishes from Liz Storniolo in No. 4 singles, and from its No. 3 doubles team of Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes. Finishing fourth for the Cougars were Meredith Holman (No. 1 singles), Rachel Frazier (No. 2 singles), Megan Quinley and Jill Robl (No. 1 doubles), and Alyssa Kinkelaar and Micah Matthews (No. 2 doubles).  Both South and Central will be on the road for meets Tuesday, but will be back in Salina for the Central Invitational on Saturday. That will be a 14-team meet with doubles at Central High and singles at Oakdale Park.
 


Saturday, September 12, 2009
SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL

DOUBLES TEAMS LEAD CENTRAL TO TITLE
All-Mustangs final in doubles won by DeTurk/Hauserman

The faces staring at them from the other side of the net were familiar, but Kelsey Hauserman and Ashley DeTurk still werenít sure what to expect.

Still, facing Salina Central teammates Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs in the doubles finals did nothing to slow their momentum.

Hauserman and DeTurk dropped the opening game but then made quick work of their training partners Saturday to take the doubles title, 8-2, and lead the Mustangs to the team title in the Salina Central Invitational at the Central courts.

"We train against them, so it was really weird playing each other," Hauserman said of the first tournament meeting between the teammates. "We knew each othersí strengths and weaknesses, which can be good, but also can make it harder.

"They made us step up to our level."

Central finished with 90 points to edge runner-up Maize by two. Kirsten Holleís singles championship led McPherson to third place with 791⁄2.

After Morris held serve to open the doubles final, Hauserman and DeTurk took over by dominating at the net. Morris and Briggs, whose steady baseline play and accurate lobs allowed them to rally past Hutchinsonís Michelle Holland and Emily Yoder in the semifinals, found themselves under constant pressure.

"We try to be a powerhouse at the net because thatís how you put balls away and get points," Hauserman said. "(Holland and Yoder) came in to the net every time when they played, so we tried to mix it up so they wouldnít know when to lob."

But it was their work at the net that made the difference. "Thatís a big part of winning in doubles," DeTurk said.

In singles, top-seeded Holle breezed through her bracket, blanking Maizeís Tiffany Khousombath 8-0 in the semifinals before dispatching Amy Briggs of Lansing for the championship, 8-3. "My serve and my forehand were good today," Holle said. "And I placed the ball well." "I just tried to hit one more ball than (Briggs), because she was very consistent."

For Central, in addition to the one-two doubles finish, Laurel Michel won her first two singles matches on the way to seventh place, while Jordan Brown took 14th with a 2-3 record.

Salina South, which finished sixth in the team race with 54 points, was led by singles player Jill Robl in 10th place with a 3-2 record. Megan Quinley also went 3-2 and took 11th, while Alyssa Kinkelaar and McKenzie Haynes were 11th in doubles.

Salina Centralís White team finished eighth, paced by an eighth-place doubles finish from Stacie Burnett and Carolyn Exline.

"Any dayís a good day when you can come out on top," Central coach Mike Goll said of the team title. "For that type of tournament and that type of draw, with 14 quality teams from all over state, it was a very good showing."

 

Monday, September 14, 2009
NEWTON INVITATIONAL

MUSTANGS WIN ANOTHER ONE

At Newton, Salina Central won one singles and both doubles divisions en route to claiming the team title at the Newton Invitational.

The event was initially scheduled for last Tuesday, but was postponed because of rain.

The Mustangs finished with 29 points, easily outdistancing Arkansas City, which had 20. Newton was third with 16.

Centralís Laurel Michel won No. 1 singles with a 3-0 record. Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman combined to win No. 1 doubles with a 3-0 record as did Haley Mansfield and Jarah Cooper at No. 2 doubles.  DeTurk and Hauserman pushed their season record to 16-0 for the season to remain undefeated.

Kaleigh Parker placed third in No. 2 singles with a 2-1 record.

Central plays at Goddard today, starting at 3 p.m.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009
GODDARD INVITATIONAL

DOUBLES TEAM LEADS MUSTANGS

At Goddard, Salina Centralís No. 1 doubles team of Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs won all four of their matches and placed first at the Goddard Invitational.

The Mustangs finished third in the team standings with 19 points. Goddard won the event with 23 points, followed by Dodge City with 20.

Centralís No. 2 doubles team of Stacie Burnett and Carolyn Exline went 3-1 on the day and placed third.

Jordan Brown was 2-2 and finished fourth at No. 1 singles while Sammy Jordan was 1-3 and took sixth at No. 2 singles.

The Mustangs play at Derby on Thursday in their next action.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2009
DERBY INVITATIONAL

SALINA CENTRAL WINS DERBY INVITATIONAL

At Derby, led again by the doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman, the Mustang captured the Derby finished with 26 points to win the team title.

DeTurk and Hauserman, playing No. 1 doubles, were a perfect 4-0 on the day to win the division. They pushed their season record to 20-0.  Centralís No. 2 singles player, Rachel Norris, was also a perfect 4-0 to win her division.

Wichita Collegiate was second in the team race with 20 points, followed by Hutchinson and Derby with 21 points each.

 

Saturday, September 19, 2009
VALLEY CENTER  INVITATIONAL

CENTRAL SWEEPS DOUBLES AT VALLEY CENTER

At Valley Center, the Salina Central girls won both doubles divisions and earned a share of the team title at Saturdayís Valley Center Invitational.

Both Central and Valley Center finished with 19 team points, as the Hornets finished first in both singles divisions. Maize was third with 11 points.

Centralís Stacie Burnett and Jarah Cooper combined for a 4-0 record in No. 1 doubles, while Mustang teammates Kaleigh Parker and Carolyn Exline also finished 4-0 to win No. 2 doubles. Central had a second-place finish in No. 2 singles from Sammy Jordan, and Rachel Norris took third in No. 1 singles.

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
WICHITA COLLEGIATE  INVITATIONAL

MUSTANGS SECOND IN WICHITA

Salina Centralís No. 1 doubles team won its division in leading a split squad of Mustangs to a second-place finish in the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.

Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs won all three of their matches and captured the No. 1 doubles title. Stacie Burnett and Jarah Cooper took second in No. 2 doubles with a 2-1 record.

Centralís Kaleigh Parker placed fourth in No. 2 singles, going 1-2, while Jordan Brown was fifth at No. 1 singles with a 2-1 slate.

Wellington won the team title, compiling 26 points while Central had 21. Winfield was third with 18.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2009
SALINA SOUTH  INVITATIONAL

FAMILIAR FOES

Megan Quinleyís victory over Jill Robl was no real surprise when the two met Thursday in the third-place singles match of the Salina South Invitational.

Of course, it would have been no real surprise if Robl had come out on top in the match between South teammates at Oakdale Park.

When Roblís final shot was barely long and Quinley had held serve in the final game for an 8-6 victory, it ended a match that was every bit as close as the score indicated.

"It was back and forth to the very end," Quinley said after finishing her day with a 3-1 record. "Whenever we play, one will win one time and the other the next.

"We both know each otherís game very well. We played doubles together last year so we both know the otherís strengths and weaknesses."

"Weíve played together since we were 10 years old," Robl said. "When I hit the ball to her, I know where itís coming back. And she knows where the next shot it going."

The all-South contest was one of several that featured teammates playing one another to close out the day.

Salina Centralís Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman finished their day with a 4-0 record, only after downing fellow Mustang teammates Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs in the doubles championship match, 8-1.

Centralís Laurel Michel and Jordan Brown faced one another for fifth place in the singles division, where Brown closed the day with an 8-4 victory over her teammate.

The singles title match featured a pair of Wichita Kapaun athletes, with Maddie Schulte defeating teammate Madeline Engel, while the third-place match in doubles was contested between a pair of Great Bend teams.

Central and Kapaun, both among the top-ranked teams in 5A, finished first and second, respectively, in Thursdayís team standings. The Mustangs (ranked No. 2) finished with 64 points, followed by Kapaun (No. 5) with 61. South took third with 44 points.

"Of course Iím very pleased with our doubles teams," Central coach Mike Goll said. "They seem to put it in another gear the tougher the competition gets.

"On the singles side, Iím a little disappointed and I think they are disappointed, but they made the difference in the team title by winning some matches on the back side. We know weíve got work to do, and we have to take care of business between now and regional."

Quinley and Robl both came up with victories in Thursdayís quarterfinals that could have significance for regional seedings on Oct. 5. Quinley defeated Centralís Brown 8-6 in their quarterfinal, while Robl defeated Centralís Michel in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-3).

"I feel like today was a good day," Robl said. "That was a great match with Laurel. I was down 7-3 and came back to win, so I feel like I proved a lot to myself."

"I felt like I played really well today," Quinley said. "I played (Schulte) from Kapaun and thought I held my own, even though the score doesnít really show it."

Brown and Michel both bounced back from their quarterfinal loss to pick up much-needed victories ó both in tiebreakers ó in the consolation bracket. Those points proved to be the difference in pushing the Mustangs past Kapaun for the team title.

DeTurk and Hauserman improved to 24-0 this season and none of their four matches Thursday was closer than 8-2. Morris and Briggs are now 22-2, with both of their losses coming against DeTurk-Hauserman.

After losing in the opening round, Southís Alyssa Kinkelaar and McKenzie Haynes won three consecutive matches in the consolation bracket and finished ninth.

Abileneís Annie Christner and Carly Feldt finished 3-1, including an 8-5 victory over Kapaunís Stephanie Solis and Sara Ciccolari-Micaldi in the fifth-place match.

 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
TOPEKA WEST  INVITATIONAL

SPLIT SQUAD OF MUSTANGS FINISH THIRD

At Topeka, Salina Central finished third among eight schools competing at the Topeka West Invitational on Tuesday. Central scored 28 team points, trailing only Blue Valley-Stilwell with 31 and Manhattan with 29.

Centralís top finish came in No. 1 doubles, where senior Abby Morris and freshman Gabby Briggs won their division with a 3-0 record and pushed their season record to 25-2.

The Mustangs also had a runner-up finish from Stacie Burnett and Haley Mansfield in No. 2 doubles, while Rachel Norris placed second in No. 2 singles. Aly Walker took sixth place in No. 1 singles for Central.

 

Thursday, October 1, 2009
WICHITA COLLEGIATE  INVITATIONAL

MUSTANGS TAKE WICHITA COLLEGIATE TEAM TITLE

At Wichita, a sweep of the doubles divisions helped Salina Central to a first-place finish in the team standings Thursday at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational. Centralís 19 points edged Collegiate in second with 17.

Juniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman went 3-0 in the No. 1 doubles division and remain undefeated this season. Senior Haley Mansfield teamed with sophomore Carolyn Exline to win No. 2 doubles. Central also had a second-place finish from Rachel Norris in No. 1 singles, while Kaleigh Parker was third at No. 2 singles.

 

Saturday, October 3, 2009
McPHERSON  INVITATIONAL

CENTRAL 3RD, SOUTH 6TH AT MAC

At McPherson, the Salina Central girls finished third in a tight team race and Salina South was sixth at the McPherson Invitational.

Central, competing without its top two doubles teams, finished with 86 points, trailing only McPherson with 88 and Derby with 87.

Centralís Jordan Brown went 3-1 and took third in singles, while teammate Laurel Michel was fifth with a 2-2 mark. Southís Megan Quinley and Jill Robl, who typically play singles, combined to take third in the doubles division with a 3-1 mark. Central had a seventh-place finish in doubles from Stacie Burnett and Jarah Cooper.

Both Central and South  will compete in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet starting at 10 a.m. Monday, with the varsity meet at Salina Central High School and the junior varsity at Oakdale Park.

 

Monday, October 5, 2009
AVCTL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

TIEBREAKER DOESN'T GO MUSTANGS' WAY

The final match of the day came down to a tiebreaker, as did the battle for the team title.

Neither instance went Salina Centralís way Monday at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League (Division I) girls tennis tournament.

Central and Maize were tied for first place with 39 points each when all matches were completed at the Central High School courts. Maize was awarded the team title over the Mustangs, the tournamentís defending champs, thanks to the Eaglesí 2-1 record in head-to-head matches with Central.

"When the team title comes down to a tiebreaker on the last match of the day, just as itís starting to get dark, thatís a good day," Central coach Mike Goll said. "We may have lost in a tiebreaker, but I was pleased with everyoneís play."

Each of Centralís four entries finished at or above their pre-meet seed. The Mustangs had the top seeds in both doubles divisions and ó as has been the case all season ó finished unbeaten in doubles play.

Juniors Kelsey Hauserman and Ashley DeTurk improved to 30-0, including a 3-0 mark Monday in No. 1 doubles. Teammates Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs ó whose 28-2 record includes two losses to DeTurk- Hauserman ó dominated No. 2 doubles, losing a total of five games in their six sets played Monday.

The Mustangs also had a fourth-place finish in No. 1 singles from Laurel Michel, who was seeded fifth, while Centralís Jordan Brown pushed top-seed Zoie Young of Maize to a tiebreaker before falling in the title match of No. 2 singles, 3-6, 6-2, (10-6).

"The doubles did their job and are now 56-0 against every other school in the state this year," Goll said. "I was very pleased that our singles played like they can play and stepped it up from Saturday. The way they played today, they are ready to move on to regionals."

Postseason play begins Saturday for the Salina schools when they compete in a Class 5A regional, also at Central High School.

Salina South finished fifth in the team standings at Mondayís meet. The Cougarsí top finish coming in No. 1 doubles where Megan Quinley and Jill Robl teamed to finish third. Quinley and Robl, who also finished third at the league meet in No. 1 doubles in 2008, were the fourth seed Monday, but went 2-1 with their lone loss to DeTurk-Hauserman, 6-3, 6-4.

"I was proud of the way Megan and Jill competed today," South coach Ryan Stuart said. "They gave DeTurk and Hauserman a very good match and played them competitive, which a lot of teams donít do. They are seniors playing their last league meet and really performed like seniors."

DeTurk and Hauserman followed their victory over Quinley-Robl with a one-sided victory over Hutchinsonís Michelle Holland and Emily Yoder in the championship match, 6-1, 6-1.

DeTurk-Hauserman led 3-0 in the opening set and rallied from a 15-40 deficit to break serve and win the fourth game. They then won the first five games of the second set and never let the Salthawks find any kind of momentum.

"Earlier in the day, we were kind of slow with the cooler weather and the wind," Hauserman said. "(In the championship match) we came out ready and hitting through our shots. We were really on."

"I think we were on top of our game, and thatís probably the best weíve played this year," DeTurk said. "We were being really aggressive and going after it, not letting them get a lot of chances."

Morris was the league champion last year in No. 1 singles, but the Central senior made the switch to doubles this year. Teaming with Briggs, a freshman, has paid off for her and the Mustangs.

"Itís been a good move, and Iíve really enjoyed it," Morris said. "Iím glad Iíve been able to finish out my senior year so strong.

"Weíre at the top of our game and just seem to be playing really well. We have a lot of confidence going into regional."

The closest match of the day for Morris-Briggs was a 6-2, 6-2 victory in their pool opener against Southís Alyssa Kinkelaar and McKenzie Haynes. Their title match against Kari Rezac and Anna Friesen of Maize was over quickly, 6-0, 6-0.

"Itís been amazing playing with Abby," Briggs said. "She picks me up when Iím down and has taught me so many things Iím never going to forget.

"Now weíve got to continue to practice as hard as we can every day and eliminate the little mistakes from our game to do well the next two weeks."

Kinkelaar and Haynes went 1-2 and finished fourth in No. 2 doubles, one spot above their seed. Brown never led in her super tiebreaker (first to 10 points) with Young, losing the first three points and trailing 4-2 at the first crossover. Brown was down 7-5 when she was unable to return Youngís serve cleanly, then hit a return long to give Young a 9-5 lead, before falling 10-6.

 

Saturday, October 10, 2009
5A REGIONAL

SALINA CENTRAL IS STATE BOUND 

It took a tiebreaker to determine the regional champion Monday night when unbeaten doubles teams from McPherson and Salina Central met at Oakdale Park.

No one on either side would be surprised if the same two teams run into each other again later this week, with considerably higher stakes on the line.

McPhersonís Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle handed Centralís Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman their first loss of the season in the doubles final at the Class 5A regional. After the Bullpups dominated the first set and the Mustangs took charge in the second, the match went to a super tiebreaker (first team to 10 points), where Buchman-Holle prevailed 6-0, 2-6 (10-5).

"That was a great win for us," said Buchman, who improved to 11-0 as partners with Holle. "This is only our third tournament together playing doubles, and Central has a great team. We knew they would be tough to beat.

"I would not be surprised if we play them again at state and depending on the seeds, it could be in the state championship match if we both make it."

The top six singles players and top six doubles team from Mondayís regional advance to the 5A state tournament starting Friday at Wichitaís Riverside Tennis Center. Central qualified its entire team and was an easy winner of the regional team title with 19 points, followed by McPherson with 13 and Hutchinson with 10.

In addition to the runner-up finish in doubles for DeTurk-Hauserman, Centralís Abby Morris and Gabby Briggs finished third in doubles, suffering their lone regional loss to Buchman-Holle in the semifinals.

The Mustangs also had a third-place finish in singles from Jordan Brown and a fifth-place showing for Laurel Michel, qualifying both players for state.

"We got everybody qualified and finished on a high note," said Central coach Mike Goll. "We had some good finishes with Jordan taking third in singles and Laurel winning the fifth-place match. And taking second and third in doubles was huge.

"We saw the top two doubles teams in the state in the finals today, and now the girls know how hard they have to work to get ready for this weekend, because we will probably see them again at state."

DeTurk and Hauserman were 33-0 after their semifinal victory over McPhersonís Ashley Allmon and Katie Bomberger but looked to be overmatched when they lost the first six games in the final with Buchman and Holle.

After the crossover between sets, DeTurk held serve to give the Mustangs their first game. They proceeded to win the first five games of the second set and eventually force the tiebreaker.

"After we got down 4-0 in the first set, we just agreed that obviously they were good and we didnít need to be mad that we were losing," Hauserman said. "We were trying to go for shots that were not working for us.

"We started playing loose, and thatís when the shots started to come."

"Since we lost the first set 6-0, we decided there wasnít anything we could do about that," DeTurk said. "We just wanted to play the best of our abilities and enjoy ourselves."

The super tiebreaker was tied 1-1 before the Bullpups won six of the next seven points. Central was able to get as close as 7-4 and had an open shot with a chance to cut the deficit to two, but that return went into the net and the Mustangs could get no closer than four points the rest of the way.

"It was like a mind game," Holle said. "We came out mentally tough, but we kind of fell apart in that second set. Then we got ourselves back together for the tiebreaker."

The 6-2, 6-3 loss to Buchman-Holle marked the first time this season that Briggs and Morris (31-3) lost to a team other than DeTurk-Hauserman. Briggs-Morris bounced back to defeat Allmon-Bomberger in the third-place match, 6-3, 6-0.

Brown was the tournamentís fourth seed and lost her only match Monday to eventual champion Shayla Roath in the semifinals. Brown defeated Southís Megan Quinley in the third-place match, 6-2, 6-4.

"The first two rounds went pretty smooth, but then I lost pretty badly (in the semifinals)," Brown said. "I was able to come back in the final round against Megan and play pretty well."

Quinley was the lone South athlete to qualify for state. The Cougarsí doubles team of Alyssa Kinkelaar and McKenzie Haynes fell one victory shy of a top-six finish and a state berth, as did Southís Jill Robl in singles play.

"Overall, we lost a couple of heartbreakers," South coach Ryan Stuart said. "But I was proud of Megan Quinley for getting a nice win in the quarterfinals and earning her first trip to state. She played hard and played well, and she deserved it."

 

Friday, October 16, 2009
5A STATE @ WICHITA

LADY MUSTANGS' DOUBLES TEAMS REACH SEMIS

WICHITA ó Salina Central assured itself of playing for a 5A state doubles championship today as both its entries went unbeaten Friday at Riverside Tennis Center.

This morningís all-Mustang semifinal matches juniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman against Abby Morris and freshman Gabby Briggs. After an opening-round bye, DeTurk and Hauserman (35-1) dropped just six games in winning both of their matches. Meanwhile, Morris and Briggs (34-3) had an equally impressive run capped by a 6-1, 6-2 victory over regional champions Lauren Huddleston and Adreanna Orlanes of defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas.

The other side of the doubles bracket features top-seeded Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle of McPherson. The Bullpup standouts take a 14-0 record into their semifinal match against Bishop Miegeís Meghan McMahon and Hannah Crandall, who knocked off regional champ Adrienne Hearrell and Sarah Schneider of Topeka West, 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

While all went as planned on the doubles side, Central has one of its two singles qualifiers still standing in junior Jordan Brown. Brown rebounded from her second-round loss to reigning state champion Nicole Jara of Aquinas with a 9-6 victory over Lansingís regional champion Amy Briggs. The Mustangsí other qualifier, Laurel Michel, was eliminated after back-to-back losses following an opening-round victory over Shawnee Heightsí Jessica Thompson.

Salina Southís lone qualifier, Megan Quinley, also remains alive in singles play. Knocked into the consolation bracket by Aquinas standout Natalie Looney, the Cougarsí senior responded with a 9-4 win over Seamanís Lisa Grause to cap a 2-1 day.

 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2009
5A STATE @ WICHITA

CENTRAL SETTLES FOR RUNNER-UP STATE FINISH
Trail only Aquinas as Doubles finish 2nd and 3rd

WICHITA ó They were fighting for first but had to be satisfied with second.

The Salina Central girls tennis team began the season as the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A, and that is where the Mustangs ended the season. Central placed second to defending champion and top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas at the 5A state meet Saturday at Riverside Tennis Center.

The Mustangs, led by second- and third-place finishes from their doubles teams, finished with 35 points, trailing Aquinas with 40. It was the best finish for a Central team since the Mustangs won three consecutive state titles from 2002 through 2004. McPherson won a tiebreaker with Wichita Carroll for third place after both teams finished with 27 points.

Central juniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman advanced to the doubles championship match before falling to McPhersonís Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle. Abby Morris, the only senior on the Mustangsí state team, and freshman Gabby Briggs took third in doubles, suffering their lone loss in the tournament to DeTurk-Hauserman in an all-Central semifinal.

"It is a bittersweet ending, and I know itís hard to say that when you are runner-up at state," said Central coach Mike Goll. "We had a loss in the championship match, but it was nice to have Abby end a wonderful career with a win.

"Iím just happy with the way the girls played all year and couldnít have asked for more from them all year long."

Saturdayís doubles final was a rematch of last weekís regional title contest, where Buchman-Holle defeated DeTurk-Hauserman in a super tiebreaker. This one wasnít quite a close, as Buchman and Holle posted a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-2.

It was an upgrade in medals for DeTurk and Hauserman, who placed fifth at state as sophomores in 2008 and ended this season with a 35-2 record.

"Of course Iím disappointed we didnít get first, but we played pretty well and tried our hardest," DeTurk said. "Second place at state in 5A, you canít get much better than that."

"Second place is nothing to be upset about," Hauserman said. "Weíll be back here next year, and we just have to work hard to prepare. We had some good matches leading up to the final so Iím proud of how we played."

It was six games into the championship match before a team held serve, with Buchman getting the job done to give Mac a 4-2 lead. DeTurk and Hauserman and led the next game 40-0 before the Bullpups rallied with five unanswered points to move one game away from winning the opening set.

When the Mustangs won the opening game of the second set, it was the only time in the match Central held serve. They were up 2-0 before the Bullpups closed it out by winning the final six games. The Mustangs held off five potential game points in the seventh game, which McPherson eventually won to go up 5-2, and Buchmanís winner at the net a short time later delivered match point.

"We had to find a way to win the close games," said Buchman, who finished 15-0 as teammates with Holle. "If we didnít, momentum would shift to Central. If we gave them one inch of momentum, they probably would have come back and kicked our butts."

"In order to beat them, we needed to make them feel some pressure and force them to make tough shots," Hauserman said. "Thatís easier said than done."

The start of the tournamentís second day was delayed by more than two hours by overnight rains in Wichita, so DeTurk and Hauserman didnít step on the court for their scheduled 9 a.m. semifinal with Morris and Briggs until 11:20. It was the third time the two teams had played this season and DeTurk-Hauserman had won the first two, but Morris-Briggs jumped out to an early 3-1 lead on their way to a 6-4 win in the opening set.

DeTurk-Hauserman came back to win the second set 6-2 and force a super tiebreaker (first team to 10 points). DeTurk-Hauserman took a quick 7-1 lead in that tiebreaker, watched Morris and Briggs rally to get within two, before holding on for the 4-6, 6-2 (10-7) victory.

"It was a battle and I couldnít fault our effort," Morris said. "That match shows weíve come a long way this season.

"We finally battled with them like we know how. Weíve played like that against them in practice this year but hadnít been able to do it in a tournament."

Morris and Briggs had little trouble in their third-place match, finishing off seniors Meghan McMahon and Hannah Crandall of Shawnee Mission Miege, 6-0, 6-2. Morris-Briggs finished the season 35-4, with three losses to DeTurk-Hauserman and the other to Buchman-Holle.

"I was impressed with how Gabby stepped up and played like a senior this weekend," Morris said. "She played like sheís been here before.

"And it was great to finish out the day and finish everything with a win."

"We have improved so much this season with Abby teaching me and guiding me every step of the way," Briggs said. "Finishing third at state as a freshman is a great experience, and finishing second as a team is awesome."

Central junior Jordan Brown was guaranteed a state medal after going 2-1 on Friday and finished in 12th place for the Mustangs, while junior Laurel Michel also earned a point for the Mustangs with a 1-2 finish on the opening day. Brown finished the season with 26 wins and Michel had 20.

 


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