Thursday, August 26, 2010
SALINA SINGLES TOURNAMENT
TOP-RANKED MUSTANGS WIN SINGLES QUAD
The Salina Central girls tennis team
opened its season by winning each of its 12 matches Thursday at the
Salina Singles Quadrangular.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 1
in Class 5A, had each of their four entries in the tournament finish
with a 3-0 record, winning every singles division at the Central
High courts. There was no doubles competition in this event.
Seniors Jordan Brown and Laurel Michel won No. 1
and No. 2 singles, respectively. The Mustangs had sophomores Sammy
Jordan and Kate Martens claim the other two titles — Jordan in No. 3
singles and Martens at No. 4.
Central finished with a team score of 12 points.
Salina South finished tied for second with Smoky Valley in the team
standings, each with six points.
South Rachel Frazier was second at No. 1 singles
with a 2-1 record. That was matched by the Cougars Emily Jones at
No. 2 singles.
South’s Carly Anderson and Deby Nouanlasy both
went 1-2 and finished third in their divisions
Saturday, August 28, 2010
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
SALINA CENTRAL CAPTURES DOUBLES CROWN
Salina Central athletes won three of the four brackets and the
Mustangs captured the team title at the Shawnee Heights Doubles
Central, the No. 1-ranked
team in Class 5A, finished with 15 points in edging Lawrence Free
State, which had 13.
Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman went 4-0 in
the No. 1 division as did Jordan Brown and Sammy Jordan in No. 3 and
Rachel Norris and Kate Martens in No. 4.
Central’s No. 2 team of Gabby Briggs and
MacKenzie Morris finished second with a 3-1 record.
The Mustangs play host to quad on Tuesday,
starting at 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
SALINA CENTRAL TRIANGULAR
LADY MUSTANGS WINS TRIANGULAR
Salina Central won both singles divisions and
the No. 1 doubles bracket and the team championship of the Lady
Mustang Triangular on Thursday at the Mustang Courts on the campus
of Salina Central High School.
Laurel Michel finished 3-0
in No. 1 singles while Rachel Norris was 2-1 at No. 2 singles. The
No. 1 doubles team of Gabrielle Briggs and MacKenzie Morris were 3-0
at No. 1 doubles.
Central’s No. 2 doubles team of Sammy Jordan and Kate Martens
were 1-2 on the day and placed second.
Central scored nine team points. Marysville placed second with
five points and Hutchinson third with four.
The Mustangs will have their duels tournament Saturday. Salina
South also will compete in the event as well as defending state
champion, St. Thomas Aquinas
Saturday, September 4, 2010
SALINA CENTRAL DUELS
CENTRAL TANDEM OFF TO STRONG START
The first names change, but the results remain the same.
As doubles partners in
2009, Gabby Briggs and Abby Morris reached the Class 5A state
semifinals in their only season as Salina Central teammates.
After Morris graduated this past May, Briggs was
left looking for a new partner as she began her sophomore season.
Enter the latest, and last, of the Morris sisters.
MacKenzie Morris, a freshman and the younger
sister of former Mustang standouts Amanda and Abby Morris, has
teamed with Briggs in three tournaments during the past two weeks,
and already they have combined for a 10-1 record.
That includes a 4-0 mark Saturday at the Central
Duels Tournament, where Morris and Briggs took first in the No. 2
"MacKenzie’s a great player and I get to
move from one great teammate, Abby, to another Morris," Briggs said.
"We get along well and that makes things flow on the court."
In their four matches Saturday, no opposing team
won more than two games in the eight-game pro sets. That included an
8-2 victory over runners-up Brooke Jackson and Janelle Headrick of
Arkansas City, and another 8-2 win over Morgan Hicks and Adreanne
Orlanes of St. Thomas Aquinas.
"I’ve definitely enjoyed taking my sister’s spot
and keeping things going with Gabby," Morris said. "Her strength is
at the net and mine is at the baseline, so she’s been helping me
with volleying and I’m helping her with her baseline shots."
The Mustangs had two other entries win their respective divisions
Saturday. Junior Rachel Norris went 4-0 at No. 3 singles, while
senior Jordan Brown went 3-1 and won a three-way tiebreaker for
first at No. 2 singles.
All seven Central entries —
four singles players and three doubles teams — finished third or
better. The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in 5A, did have a setback when
they lost their duel with Aquinas, 4-3. Aquinas took the team title
with a 4-0 record in the round-robin format, followed by Central
(3-1), Arkansas City (2-2), Salina South (1-3) and Topeka West
Aquinas is the defending 5A state champion and is
No. 4 in the current Kansas coaches rankings.
"The girls have to understand that they have a
target on their backs and everybody is after us," said Central coach
Mike Goll. "We were not a unanimous pick for No. 1 and just because
some people think we are No. 1, it doesn’t mean a thing until
"I think these girls will learn from this and
come back stronger, but the only way that will happen is by working
hard in practice."
Like Briggs and Morris, Norris had little
difficulty in winning each of her four matches, none closer than her
8-3 victory over runner-up Bre Hall of Ark City.
"I was really pleased with how I played today,"
Norris said. "With singles you’ve got to constantly keep your mental
guard up and that’s one of the hardest things about it."
In addition to their first-place finishes in two
singles divisions, the Mustangs also finished second at No. 1
singles with senior Laurel Michel, while sophomore Sammy Jordan took
second at No. 4 singles. Central was a combined 13-3 in the four
"This is a really stacked team and whoever you
play in practice is going to be good," Norris said. "That’s helping
us to get better and it’s why we’re as good as we are."
Central’s Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman
suffered their first loss of the season, finishing 3-1 and taking
second in the No. 1 doubles division. Kate Martens and Sydney Dauer
went 2-2 and were third at No. 3 doubles.
South’s top finishes came from juniors Rachel
Frazier and Tina Truong. Frazier won her first two matches, finished
2-2 and took third in No. 1 singles. Truong also went 2-2 and placed
third in No. 3 singles.
Both Frazier and Truong had to win one match in a
tiebreaker to earn their medals.
"We competed really well but we’re as young as
we’ve been since I’ve been here," said South coach Ryan Stuart, who
had one senior among his 10 players Saturday. "I saw a bunch of
progress but it’s hard to make the kids see that with the caliber of
teams we saw at this meet.
"Rachel was a real bright spot for us. She got a
nice win against the girl from Aquinas and really stepped up and
competed all day."
Saturday, September 11, 2010
SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL
CENTRAL INVITATIONAL TITLE GOES TO
THE LADY MUSTANGS
Salina Central had two of the top three
finishes in the doubles division and a third-place showing in
singles, leading the Mustangs to the team title Saturday at their
own Central Invitational.
Sophomore Gabby Briggs and
freshman MacKenzie Morris took first in doubles and had little
trouble in their four matches, losing a total of four games on the
That included an 8-0 victory in the tourney title
match against Maize sophomores Paige Lungwitz and Jess Holman, and
an 8-1 win over Brooklynn Dossey and Ellie Dunn of Goddard in the
Lungwitz and Holman denied an all-Mustang title
match in doubles. They went to a tiebreaker to defeat Central’s
Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman in the semifinals, 8-7 (7-2). It
was the lone loss of the day for DeTurk and Hauserman, who downed
Dossey-Dunn in the third-place match, 8-2.
Laurel Michel also went 3-1 on the day to give
Central a third-place finish in singles. Michel fell to eventual
champion Casyn Buchman of McPherson in the tourney semifinals, but
closed with a victory over McPherson’s Kirsten Holle in the
third-place match. Central’s Jordan Brown took sixth in singles with
a 3-2 record.
The Mustangs finished with 119 points to take the
team title over second-place McPherson with 101. Salina South was
eighth with 61 points, and Salina Central’s second team was 10th in
the 14-team tournament.
South’s top finish came in doubles, where
sophomores Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes won their first two
matches and eventually finished eighth.
South freshman Marisa Mitchell lost in the
tournament’s second round, but closed with three consecutive wins
and finish 4-1. That included an 8-3 victory over Ashley Suhr in the
CENTRAL WINS GODDARD
At Goddard, Salina Central won both singles
divisions and the No. 2 doubles division en route to claiming the
team title at the Goddard Invitational.
Central’s MacKenzie Morris defeated Kari
Rezac of Maize 8-3 in the No. 1 singles final; Gabrielle Briggs of
Central downed Mary Meeker of Wichita Collegiate 8-5 in the No. 2
singles final; and Laurel Michel and Rachel Norris of Central
toppled Kylie Hudnall and Caitlin Matson of Goddard 8-5 in the No. 2
Central’s No. 1 doubles team of Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey
Hauserman lost to Grace Lemaster and Jillian Johnson of Collegiate
8-5 in the finals. Lemaster and Johnson are the defending 321A
The Mustangs finished with 30 team points, easily outpacing
Collegiate, which finished second with 21 points. Goddard placed
third with 16 points.
Central travels to Wichita next Tuesday to compete in the Wichita
WICHITA COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
CENTRAL DOMINATES AT COLLEGIATE
At Wichita, Salina Central won
doubles and one singles division in rolling to the
championship of the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.
Central, the former No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A,
finished with 29 points, easily outdistancing Wellington and
Winfield, which 18 points each. Wichita Collegiate was third with
Both Central doubles teams were 3-0 on the day — Ashley DeTurk and
Kelsey Hauserman at No. 1, and Sammy Jordan and Alisha Walters at
No. 2. Rachel Norris won the No. 2 singles title also
with a 3-0 record.
Jordan Brown placed third at No. 1 singles with a 2-1 record for
The Mustangs will play in the Salina South Invitational on
Thursday and travel to Topeka on Tuesday.
SALINA SOUTH INVITATIONAL
SALINA SOUTH INVITATIONAL
GOES TO MUSTANGS
Salina Central won the team championship and Salina South placed
second Friday in the rain-delayed Salina South tennis invitational.
Central compiled 72 points while South had 55. Dodge City was
third with 51.
The tournament was scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed
because of wet weather.
The Lady Mustangs finished first and second in the double
division as Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman defeated teammates
Gabrielle Briggs and MacKenzie Morris 8-7 (8-6) in the title match.
Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes of South finished third.
South’s Marisa Mitchell was the
singles champion, defeating Laurel Michel of Central 8-0 in the
championship match. Jordan Brown of Central took third and South’s
Rachel Frazier sixth.
TOPEKA WEST INVITATIONAL
CENTRAL ROLLS TO TITLE IN TOPEKA
Salina Central put the finishing touches on a
splendid regular season by winning the Topeka West Invitational.
The Mustangs captured the team title with
50 points, edging out Blue Valley which had 46.
Jordan Brown won the No. 2 singles title for Central, going 3-0
on the day. The Mustangs’ No. 2 doubles team of Gabrielle Briggs and
MacKenzie Morris also finished first by winning all three of their
Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman placed second at No. 1 doubles
with a 2-1 record, and Laurel Michel was fourth in No. 1 singles,
going 1-2 on the day.
Next up for Central is the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet
Monday in Salina, followed by the Class 5A regional tournament on
Oct. 9 at McPherson.
October 4, 2010
SALINA CENTRAL CLAIMS AVCTL
The scenario seemed all too familiar for Mike Goll, which only
made him feel a bit uneasy.
As head coach of the Salina Central girls tennis team, Goll was
also serving as meet director Monday afternoon at the Central High
courts during the annual Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League
A year ago Central and Maize finished tied for first in the
Division I team standings, only to have the Eagles edge Goll’s
Mustangs in the tournament’s tie-breaking procedure.
With only one match remaining Monday, it was apparent Central and
Maize would finished tied again. Unlike 2009, Central held the edge
in the tiebreaker this time.
The first tiebreaker of head-to-head matches resolved nothing
since the teams had two wins apiece. The second tiebreaker — total
games won divided by total games played — gave Central the upperhand.
After Goll finished ciphering, the Mustangs’ win percentage of .707
topped the .588 of the Eagles.
"It was kind of nice to come back and win it over the same team
that beat us in a tiebreaker last year," Goll said.
Oddly enough, the two schools also finished tied for first at the
league’s junior varsity meet Monday at Oakdale Park, but decided not
to break that tie since there was no true league championship on the
Central had first-place finishes in two of the four divisions —
sweeping the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles titles — and a runner-up finish
in a third. Maize won No. 2 singles, but finished second in each of
the other three divisions.
Both teams finished with 26 points. Salina South was third in the
seven-team meet with 17 points.
Central seniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman successfully
defended their league title in No. 1 doubles. Theirs was the final
match of the day, locking up the team title with their 6-2, 6-0
victory over Paige Lungwitz and Jess Holman of Maize in the final.
"I think we played pretty well today," DeTurk said.
"We were really clicking
today and we’ve been piecing everything together. It’s a good time
to do it with regionals this weekend."
Monday’s meet was the last of the regular season
for the Salina schools, with postseason competition beginning
Saturday with a Class 5A regional at McPherson.
"We feel really confident going into regionals
and state," said Hauserman. "We’re peaking at the right time and
getting into the groove of things.
"Now that we’re down to the wire, you can’t
change much. We have to be confident in our shots because it’s all
or nothing now."
While DeTurk and Hauserman were dominant on their
path to the No. 1 doubles title, teammates Gabrielle Briggs and MacKenzie Morris were equally so in No. 2 doubles.
As the top seed in the division, Briggs and
Morris followed their first-round bye with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the
semifinals, then rolled past Anna Friesen and Hannah Hills of Maize
in the title match, 6-1, 6-1.
"We could have played better but it is definitely
all coming together," said Briggs, a sophomore who teamed with
former partner Abby Morris to win No. 2 doubles in 2009. "Today was
definitely a good day to see what we need to work on going into
regional, then tweak things a little more next week before state."
"We didn’t play our best but we played pretty
well and it was good to end with a win," said MacKenzie Morris, a
freshman making her first league tourney appearance. "This should
give us a boost for regionals. We’re young but we’ve got a lot of
talent and know we can do well."
Central’s Jordan Brown advanced to the title
match at No. 2 singles before falling to Kari Rezac of Maize in the
maximum three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
Brown trailed 5-4 in the third set and fought off
two match points in the 10th game to get the set tied, but Rezac
took the last two games to earn the Eagles their only title. Brown
also finished as runner-up in that division a year ago.
South’s top finish came in the singles divisions
where Marissa Mitchell and Rachel Frazier placed third. Mitchell’s
only loss in No. 1 singles came to eventual champion Olivia Medaris
of Campus. The Cougar freshman then defeated Central’s Laurel Michel
in the third-place contest, 6-3, 6-0.
Frazier also lost in the semifinals of No. 2
singles to the eventual champion, but she finished the day with a
6-4, 6-3 victory over Derby’s Alyxis Bowens for third.
"Third place as a team is the highest finish
we’ve had since I’ve been here," said fourth-year South coach Ryan
Stuart. "When you finish third to Central and Maize, there’s nothing
wrong with that. Our goal was realistically to finish third when we
started today and we accomplished that."
South’s Cassidy Cook and Mackenzie Haynes were
fourth in No. 1 doubles, while Alyssa Kinkelaar and Molly Courbot
took fifth in No. 2 doubles.
October 9, 2010
5A REGIONAL @ McPherson
SALINA CENTRAL TAKES
Both Salina schools had their share
of success while competing at the Class 5A regional tennis
tournament Saturday at McPherson High School.
Salina Central not only won
the regional team title, but qualified its entire squad for next
weekend’s 5A state tournament at Emporia.
Salina South had a first-place finish in the
singles division from freshman Marisa Mitchell, and also qualified
both of its doubles teams for state while taking third in the
regional team standings.
Central seniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey
Hauserman were the regional runner-up in doubles Saturday, advancing
to the title match before falling to McPherson’s unbeaten duo of
Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle, 6-0, 6-2. DeTurk and Hauserman
(26-5) were state runners-up in 2009, losing to Buchman and Holle
(19-0) in the state final.
Sophomore Gabrielle Briggs and freshman MacKenzie
Morris finished third in the regional doubles bracket, downing
McPherson’s Kylee Bonham and Erika Wedel in the third-place match,
6-1, 6-0. Briggs-Morris (25-3) lost a tight match in the semifinals
to their teammates, 7-5, 6-4.
"We’re very pleased with the team championship
and the girls are playing some of the best tennis of the year," said
Central coach Mike Goll, whose team is ranked No. 3 in 5A.
"Unfortunately the girls had to play each other in the semifinals
and that was a downer going into the last match.
"But overall it was a very good day and I like
our positioning for state next Friday."
Central’s Jordan Brown finished third in singles,
defeating fellow Mustang senior Laurel Michel in the third-place
match, 6-4, 6-2. The top six singles players and top six doubles
teams advance to state.
Mitchell will take a 23-2 record
into the state tournament after she won her first regional title.
She faced another freshman in the title match in McPherson’s Moira
Pyle and Mitchell struggled early, only to recover in time for a 7-6
(1), 6-0 victory.
After trailing 4-1 in the
opening set, Mitchell rallied to force a tiebreaker, winning there
and in the second set fairly easily.
"That tiebreak was weird because the set was so
close," Mitchell said. "I think I kind of wore her out (in the
Mitchell will be joined at state by the South
doubles teams of Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes, and Alyssa
Kinkelaar and Molly Courbot. Cook-Haynes defeated Kinkelaar-Courbot
in the regional’s fifth-place match, 6-2, 6-0.
Central finished with 20 team points to top
runner-up McPherson at 17, while South was third with 13. Those
three teams accounted for 10 of the 12 state qualifying spots, and
none of the other four teams in the seven-team regional finished
with more than two points.
Friday & Saturday,
October 15-16, 2010
5A STATE @ Emporia
One team is deep in state tournament experience, the other loaded
The Salina Central and Salina South girls tennis teams will close
their season when they compete at the Class 5A state tournament
today and Saturday at the Emporia High School courts.
Five of Central’s six qualifiers were at state a year ago when
the Mustangs finished second in the team standings behind St. Thomas
South will take its largest contingent in school history to the
5A championships, but none of the five Cougar qualifiers have ever
played a point at a state high school tourney.
Central is considered among the favorites to challenge for a team
trophy. The Mustangs began the season ranked No. 1 in 5A, slipped to
No. 2 behind Wichita Kapaun midway through the season, then dropped
to No. 3 earlier this month when Blue Valley-Stilwell dropped from
Class 6A to 5A.
"Every year is a little different," said Central coach Mike Goll.
"These girls are pretty seasoned players and have been playing for
quite awhile. Four of the six are seniors, and the younger girls we
have are really into it.
"This is actually the most talented senior class I’ve had at
Central. It’s going to be kind of bittersweet at the end of this
weekend. That’s a good bunch of girls who will be done with their
Both Central singles players are competing in their final
tournament. Jordan Brown (20-8) was a third-place finisher at last
week’s regional meet, defeating teammate Laurel Michel (19-9) in the
regional’s third-place match.
Senior doubles partners Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey Hauserman are
26-5 in their final season and finished second at the 5A state meet
a year ago.
"We’ve had some good senior players before, but that’s four solid
players," Goll said.
Central’s only non seniors are Gabrielle Briggs, a sophomore, and
freshman teammate MacKenzie Morris, who are 25-3 in their first
season as doubles partners. Briggs teamed with then senior Abby
Morris — MacKenzie’s sister — to take third in doubles at state in
The Central doubles teams will likely have to contend with
McPherson’s Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle if they hope to
challenge for a state title. Buchman and Holle are the defending
state champions and are unbeaten the last two years, including a
16-0 record this season.
Wichita Kapaun also fields a formidable doubles team in senior
Maddie Schulte and freshman Allie Schulte (18-3). Maddie Schulte won
the 5A state singles title in 2009 but switched to doubles for her
"It’s going to be one of the most competitive 5A tournaments
we’ve seen," Goll said. "The two teams to beat will be Blue Valley,
coming down from 6A, and Wichita Kapaun. We’ll be in a fight after
that with us, McPherson and Wichita Carroll."
South will send five athletes to the 5A championships, each
making her first appearance in a state tennis tournament. That’s a
marked improvement over a year ago, when the Cougars were
represented by one singles player.
"We’ve got five kids who haven’t been there before and four of
the five are freshmen and sophomores," said South coach Ryan Stuart.
"That bodes well for our program. A lot of people don’t know it, but
this is the most qualifers South has ever had at a girls state
"The experience of going to state means a lot for those kids. You
can’t simulate a state tournament atmosphere in practice. You can
talk about it, but hopefully when they get there and experience
everything, it will drive them to get better for the rest of their
Alyssa Kinkelaar is the lone senior among the Cougar qualifiers.
She will team with freshman Molly Courbot for one South doubles
team, while sophomores Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes will also
compete in the doubles bracket.
Cook and Haynes finished fifth at last week’s regional
tournament, while Kinkelaar and Courbot were sixth. South also
qualified freshman Marisa Mitchell in singles play.
"We have senior Alyssa Kinkelaar, and we’d like to send her off
right," Stuart said. "Hopefully, this will be a springboard for
things to come for the young girls in the group."
As a regional champion, Mitchell (23-2) will have a first-round
bye today. She was the only freshman in Kansas to win a regional
singles title last week.
"South hasn’t had a regional champion in a few years, but Marisa
plays beyond her years," Stuart said. "She plays so smart and has
very few unforced errors. She flat out doesn’t make mistakes, and
we’d be disappointed if she is not playing on Saturday."
Friday & Saturday,
October 15-16, 2010
5A STATE @ Emporia
MUSTANG DUO STILL HAS A SHOT
EMPORIA — Salina Central seniors Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey
Hauserman are in position to win a state doubles title following the
opening day of the Class 5A state tournament Friday.
State runner-ups a year ago, DeTurk and Hauserman outlasted
Adreanne Orlanes and Lauren Huddlestun of Aquinas in the
quarterfinals 7-5, 7-5. They’ll take a 28-5 record into today’s
semifinal match against Kapaun’s Maddie Schulte and Allie Schulte.
Maddie Schulte won the 5A state singles title a year ago.
Central also has two of its other three entries still alive. The
doubles team of Gabrielle Briggs and MacKenzie Morris went 3-1
Friday and is in position to finish as high as fifth, while senior
singles player Laurel Michel went 2-2 and will play for 9th or 11th
depending on this morning’s outcome against a familiar opponent,
Salina South freshman Marisa Mitchell. The Mustangs’ other
qualifier, senior Jordan Brown, lost twice after a first-round
victory and was eliminated.
"We won games we should have won and lost a couple of games we
had a chance at," Central coach Mike Goll said. "I felt sorry for
Jordy, she was within a point of getting in a tiebreaker in her last
match, but the rest of the girls are still alive. I was pleased with
all of them and with the South girls as well."
South’s best performance Friday came from its doubles team of
Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes. The Cougar sophomore tandem went
3-1 and also is in position to finish as high as fifth after
finishing fifth at regional. South’s Alyssa Kinkelaar and Molly
Courbot were unable to advance to the second day after losing both
of their matches.
Mitchell, a regional champion, lost in the second round to Ark
City’s Mariah Vargas in a super tiebreaker, and went 1-1 in the
McPherson’s Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle are in position to
defend their state doubles title, cruising into the semifinals with
a pair of convincing victories to improve to 18-0 on the season.
Advancing both its singles entries to the semifinals and with its
doubles teams still alive, Blue Valley is in the driver’s seat to
win the team title.
Friday & Saturday,
October 15-16, 2010
5A STATE @ Emporia
CENTRAL DUO STUMBLES
ON FINAL DAY
Runners-up last year, seniors
Hauserman settle for fourth
EMPORIA — Ashley DeTurk and Kelsey
Hauserman were not only disappointed to see their outstanding high
school tennis careers come to an end, they were also disappointed in
how they ended.
DeTurk and Hauserman
advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A girls state tournament on
Friday but wrapped up their senior season with back-to-back losses
Saturday at the Emporia High School courts.
DeTurk and Hauserman — who were 5A state
runners-up in 2009 — were denied a return trip to the finals with a
6-2, 6-1 loss in the semifinals to eventual champions Maddie Schulte
and Allie Schulte of Wichita Kapuan.
The Mustangs then closed with a 6- 4, 6-3 loss to
Wichita Carroll’s Maddie Oxler and Courtney Lubbers in the
third-place match to finish their season with a record of 28-7.
"There were some really good teams here, and
doubles was tougher than last year," DeTurk said. "You always want
to do better than you end up getting, and it’s disappointing that we
couldn’t pull through in that last match."
Particularly disappointing for the Mustang duo
was the fact that they led in both sets against Carroll but were
unable to finish. Hauserman held serve to put her team up 4-3 in the
opening set, only to have the Eagles win the next three games.
Central led 3-2 in the final set but fell behind
quickly in each of the next three games when Oxler and Lubbers took
the lead for good.
"We just couldn’t finish," Hauserman said. "I
don’t know if we underestimated them or we were too confident, but
for some reason we couldn’t put the ball away. Once we got down, it
was hard to have confidence."
Central’s Briggs, Morris fifth
After a loss in Friday’s quarterfinals, Central
sophomore Gabrielle Briggs and freshman MacKenzie Morris came back
with three consecutive victories, including a 9-5 victory over
Kapaun’s Madeline Engel and Rachael Baldwin in the fifth-place
"I think we definitely finished strong today,"
Morris said. "We had some points where we had some breakdowns, but
we showed a lot of mental toughness.
"It was a good finish for a freshman and
sophomore team. We did about the best we possibly could."
Morris and Briggs had to show some mental
toughness in their consolation semifinal, where they advanced with a
victory in a tiebreaker over regional champions Adreanne Orlanes and
Lauren Huddlestun of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Briggs and former Mustang Abby Morris defeated
Orlanes and Huddlestun at the 2009 state quarterfinals and went on
to finish third in 5A.
"That reminded me of last year with Abby," Briggs
said. "That team is kind of our rivals so it felt good to get that
win. Then in our final match we were able to close (Engel and
Baldwin) out, which was a nice way to end the season."
Central also had a 10th-place finish from senior
Laurel Michel in singles. Michel survived a lengthy consolation
match with Salina South freshman Marissa Mitchell, 9-7, to start the
day but lost in the ninth-place match to Arkansas City’s Mariah
Trophy eludes Central
The Mustangs also came up a single point shy of
taking home a state trophy. Blue Valley-Stilwell, with a sweep of
the top two spots in singles play, won 5A with 43 points, followed
by Kapaun with 41. Carroll’s 31 points was one better than Central
for third place.
Salina South had state medalists in both doubles
and singles. Sophomores Cassidy Cook and McKenzie Haynes, who were
fifth at regionals last week, finished eighth at state. Cook and
Haynes dropped their final match of the day to Orlanes and
"We were just hoping to make it to Saturday,"
Haynes said. "Once we made it, we just tried to get a few more wins
and move up a few places.
"We played at our highest level this weekend, and
it really showed. We’re both pretty young, and if we work hard at
it, we should be in pretty good shape next year."
"We weren’t even expecting to make it to
Saturday," Cook said. "That was a big surprise, and taking eighth
was way over our expectations. It was an excellent finish to our
The Cougars, who took seventh in the team
standings with 11 points, also had an 11th-place finish for
Mitchell. While South had only one senior — Alyssa Kinkelaar — among
its five qualifiers, Central will lose four of its six qualifiers to
graduation, including DeTurk, Hauserman, Michel and Jordan Brown.
"It was an honor to get to play with my best
friend all this time," DeTurk said of Hauserman. "Spending all that
time with her brought us a lot closer and it was a good experience
"The last three years have been awesome," said
Hauserman. "Ashley made tennis enjoyable and without her, it
wouldn’t have been as much fun."
No repeat for Mac
McPherson’s Casyn Buchman and Kirsten Holle, who
defeated DeTurk and Hauserman in the 2009 doubles final, fell just
short of defending their title. Buchman, a senior, and Holle, a
junior, fell to the Schulte sisters in Saturday’s title match, 6-4,
It was the first loss in two years for Buchman-Holle,
who finished this season at 19-1.
"We could have always played better, and I
personally was flat today," Buchman said. "But Kapaun was definitely
a great team, and they deserved it. They played very well."
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