Girls tennis players struggle at state; Mother Nature intervenes




Friday proved to be a tough day for Garden City and area girls tennis players on Day 1 of the state tennis tournaments at different venues across Kansas.

The Garden City contingent of singles player Claire Schmidt and doubles team of Jannette Martinez and Kaylee Keller all lost opening round matches at the Class 6A state tourney in Prairie Village.

Greeley County's Megan Reding also suffered a first-round loss at the Class 3-2-1A state meet at the Hutchinson Community Tennis Complex, while the Lady Jackrabbits doubles team of Bailey Harris and Monica Veleta didn't even get onto the court for the opening round due to rain. Morgan Ediger of Cimarron, the lone singles player at the 3-2-1A tourney from The Telegram area, also lost in her first-round match.

Tournament officials at Hutch postponed play until noon Sunday, as rain was in the forecast for Saturday as well.

At Prairie Village, Schmidt dropped her opening match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 to Morgan Hughes of Derby. She was scheduled to play Kristen Fraley of Manhattan in a consolation bracket match later in the day.

The Lady Buffs' doubles team of Martinez and Keller lost 6-0, 6-2 to the team of Jesse Alexander and Mandy Novicoss of Blue Valley-Stanley. Their consolation bracket opponent had not yet been determined. Inclement weather was headed to the Kansas City area from south central Kansas and late Friday and Saturday's schedule was uncertain.

At Hutchinson, Cimarron's Ediger lost to Taylor Noel of Osborne, 6-1, 6-2. Her consolation bracket opponent had not yet been determined late Friday afternoon.

The Greeley County squad saw Reding drop a 6-1, 6-0 match to Omelia Thomas of Ellinwood. Harris and Veleta were slated to open their tournament action but rain forced the tourney officials to suspend play for the day. The 3-2-1A tournament will now conclude on Monday.

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