GCHS tennis struggles, spikers fourth
By BRETT MARSHALL
An early departure on Saturday morning, following homecoming on Friday night, left the Garden City Lady Buffs tennis team trying to find its serve at the McPherson Invitational.
The result was a tough day for coach Rod Robinson's youthful squad, as the Lady Buffs finished 10th among the 13 competing schools with 50 points.
Great Bend won the team title with 89 points.
"It was probably the toughest tournament we'll play in as a team all season," Robinson said.
Claire Schmidt had the best finish of the day for the team, placing eighth in the singles competition by going 2-3 for the day. She opened with wins over Lauren Harp of Liberal (8-1) and Serena Wong of Newton (8-5) before dropping matches to Heidi Klaasen of Arkansas City (8-1), Jessica Johnson of Larned (8-4) and Macy Moyers of Great Bend (8-5).
Bryttany Landon finished 16th in the singles division, winning just one of five matches. Her lone win came against Cathy Geist of McPherson (8-4). She lost matches to Morgan Hughes of Derby (8-5) after leading 5-3. She then suffered losses to Megan Hansen of Hutchinson (8-2), Stephanie Cabrera of Arkansas City (8-5) and Serena Wong of Newton (8-4).
The Lady Buffs' doubles team of Allison Doll and Andrea Villela placed 20th and Jannette Martinez and Kaylee Keller were next in 21st.
Doll and Villela managed one win against three losses for the tournament. Their lone victory came against Alicia Collins and Jordan Apsley of Liberal (8-2) while absorbing losses to Salina South's Cassidy Cook and Macenzie Haynes (8-0), Amanda Zayala and Samantha Boylosis of Campus (8-4) and Betsy Burke and Brianna Hovey of Campus (8-3).
Martinez and Keller went 2-2 for the tournament, losing their first two matches to Melissa Fee and Ashton Fee of Hutchinson (8-4) and to Zayala and Boylosis of Campus in a tiebreaker (8-7, 8-3). Their wins came against Collins and Apsley of Liberal (8-0) and Carolyn May and Cassidy Corrigan of McPherson (8-3).
The Lady Buffs had little time to regroup as they were hosting the Western Athletic Conference tournament at 10 a.m. today at the GCHS tennis complex.
The Garden City High School girls volleyball team posted a 2-3 record on Saturday at the Wichita Heights Invitational.
That was good enough for a fourth-place finish as the Lady Buffs went 2-1 in pool play before falling to undefeated and eventual champion Maize South in the semifinals.
Coach Sara Stecki's squad opened with a 31-29, 17-25, 25-20 victory over Wichita Collegiate and then dropped Wichita South in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18. That set up their final pool play match against host Heights and the Lady Buffs took the Lady Falcons to three sets, falling 25-19, 21-25, 25-16.
In their semifinal match with Maize South, the Lady Buffs fell 25-9, 19-25, 25-9 and then faced Heights in a rematch for third, this time losing in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22.
"It was a lot of volleyball, and I thought the girls played really well," Stecki said. "We were much more competitive than we were earlier at Valley Center."
The Lady Buffs, now 11-7, will host a quadrangular at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Scott City, Ulysses and Dodge City will compete.