By BRETT MARSHALL
There were multiple reasons that Garden City Lady Buffs tennis coach Rod Robinson was happy with their performance on Thursday at the Hutchinson Invitational.
Along with a team championship, the Lady Buffs won 18 of their 20 matches, and brought home individual titles in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while they finished second in the No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles divisions.
The Lady Buffs had 28 points to narrowly edge the Hutchinson Blue squad, which finished with 26, and the Hutchinson Gold team was third with 16. Wichita Heights (14), Dodge City (13) and Newton (4) rounded out the team scores.
"All the girls played hard and overcame some close matches," Robinson said of his squad's performance. "Getting first as a team was nice. Getting wins over regional teams was great for regional seedings next week. You couldn't ask for a better day."
Janette Martinez swept all five of her matches in capturing the No. 1 singles title. She defeated Steffie Vinanueva of Hutch Blue (8-3), Grace Proett of Hutch Gold (8-2), Tasha Westhoff of Newton (8-4), Diana Diec of Wichita Heights (8-2) and Taylor Fischer of Dodge City (8-0).
Claire Schmidt and Shai Cartmill also went 5-0 in their No. 1 doubles division, beating Hutch Blue's Shelby Queal and Melissa Fee (8-4), Hutch Gold's Megan Hansen and Ashton Fee (8-2), Julian Loyd and Jacey Wedel of Newton (8-4), Heights' Becca King and Katie Rivera (8-2), and Dodge City's Robbi Lininger and Keysha Howard (8-3).
Andrea Villela's second-place finish came with just one loss against four wins. She defeated Hutch Gold's Molly Kinney (8-2), Ellie Marshall of Newton (8-2), Heights' No. 2 (name unavailable), 8-5 and Dodge City's Sarah Raugewitz (8-4). Her one setback came at the hands of Hutch Blue's Kaleigh Gardner (8-0).
The No. 2 doubles team of Allison Doll and Tania Carmona-Pastrana also went 4-1 to place second. Wins came against Hutch Blue's Sara Shaban and Courtney Rundle; Wichita Heights' Claire Tritschler and Lorena de la O (8-2), Newton's Lara Scott and Emily Giles (8-7, 8-7 tiebreaker) and Dodge City's Skyler Childress and Paola Lopez (8-2). The loss came against Hutch Gold's Allison Elliott and Caitlyn Sketchley.
The Lady Buffs will be right back in action on Saturday with a 9 a.m. start at the McPherson Invitational, and then travel to Liberal on Monday for the Western Athletic Conference meet.
Getting an opportunity to play the course that will serve as their Class 6A regional qualifying site, the Lady Buffs golfers placed third in the Hutchinson Invitational on Thursday, shooting their season-low team score of 347 to finish third behind Manhattan (335) and Maize High (338).
The team competed at Carey Park Golf Course, which will host the regional on Oct. 14 and a third-place or better finish there would qualify the Lady Buffs for the Oct. 21 state tournament which will be played in Garden City at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.
Abbi Shaddix shot a 79 to place fourth individually, while Danielle Gaspar shot an 86 and placed 13th. Megan Steward and Lindsay Bradstreet each shot 91s to tie for 20th as the Lady Buffs lowered their season best team total by 13 shots from Wednesday's tournament in Wichita.
Kendra Martin and Hannah Leiker had non-counting scores of 101 and 116. Taryn Torgerson of Buhler was a medalist with a 71 while Taelyn Entriken of Maize was second with a 74.
"If nothing else, the regionals are there in two weeks and it should give us a lot of confidence when we go back there," GCHS coach Melinda Base said. "Certain things are not clicking but a lot of positive things are taking place for the girls. Their games are coming together, both mentally and physically."
The Lady Buffs travel to Great Bend on Tuesday for the final Western Athletic Conference tournament of the season. They currently are 4-0 and can wrap up their fifth consecutive league crown and Shaddix can capture her second straight WAC player of the year title.