GCHS claims Dodge City Invite title

Brad Nading
bnading@gctelegram.com
Garden City High School's Sage Riggs hits a forehand shot cross court in a match during a past GCHS girls tennis invite at the GCHS courts. Riggs won the No. 1 singles division Tuesday in the Dodge City Invitational.

The Garden City High School girls’ tennis team continued their dominance of the Western Athletic Conference foes Tuesday, dropping only one match at the Dodge City Invitational to win the team championship.

Cimarron, also at the meet, finished in sixth place as a team.

“Facing some of the same teams we saw Saturday (at Great Bend), I thought the girls’ effort and focus was pretty good throughout the day,” GCHS Head Coach Logan Bevis said. “It can be tough to come back focused against a team you just won against, but I thought we did a solid job of focusing overall.”

Sage Riggs, playing No. 1 singles for the Buffaloes, went 3-0 in pool play. Riggs won a forfeit over Liberal, then defeated Dodge City Blue, 6-0. In her final match of pool play, she defeated Cimarron’s Abby Osborn, 6-1. Riggs handled Great Bend in the senmifinals, 6-2, to advance to the finals. The Buffalo defeated Dodge City Red’s Faith Heath, 6-1, for the championship.

In No. 2 singles, GCHS’ Brooke Ptacek also went 3-0 in pool play. She opened with a 6-2 win over Liberal, then grabbed a 6-3 victory over Dodge City Blue, 6-3. In her final pool play match, Ptacek defeated Cimarron’s Amanda Housman, 6-0. In her semifinal match, Ptacek defeated Meade’s Kaya Harnett, 6-0. The Buffalo faced Liberal’s Jaciana Rivera in the finals and won 6-3 for the title.

“Sage and Brooke put in solid performances and I have seen some solid improvement in Brooke’s consistency, which is important as we progress in the season,” Bevis said.

In No. 1 doubles action, Garden City’s team of Ashleigh Chappel and Sydney Nanninga went 3-0 in pool play. The pair defeated Liberal, 6-2, then Dodge City Blue, 6-2. The Buffaloes defeated Cimarron’s Elizabeth and Emily Goetz in their final pool play match, 6-3. The GCHS pair’s only loss of the day came in their semifinal match, falling to Dodge City’s Jewell Esconbar and Mariana Ortiz, 6-4. In the third place match, Garden city defeated Cimarron for a second time on the day, 6-2.

Garden City’s No. 2 doubles team of Rilee McGraw and Peighton Tull went 3-0 in pool play. The pair defeated Liberal, 6-3; Dodge City Blue, 6-1; then Cimarron’s Sadie Jantz and Mariah Dechant, 6-2. In their semifinal match, the buffaloes defeated Great Bend, 6-1 to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Garden City defeated Liberal’s Riddhi Bombaywala and Brianna Sanders, 6-2, for the title.

“I was really happy with Rilee and Peighton’s performance at twos,” Bevis said. “They stayed focused and played some solid doubles. Our ones were disappointed to lose in the semis but rebounds well in the third place match.”

Garden City will travel to Valley Center for tournament play on Saturday.

“Overall I think the tournament showed, especially in doubles, a few areas we can really focus on for improvement as we look forward to the next meets in the Wichita area,” Bevis said.

CIMARRON

Cimarron’s Abby Osborn, playing No. 1 singles, went 1-2 in pool play Tuesday, then finished in fifth place with a 6-2 win over Alexis Hawkins, a Dodge City extra player, playing for Meade.

In No. 2 singles action, the Bluejays’ Amanda Housman went 1-2 in pool play with a 6-3 win over Dodge City Blue. She fell to Hays in the fifth place match, 6-4.

Cimarron’s No. 1 doubles team of Elizabeth and Emily Goetz went 2-1 in pool play. They defeated Dodge City Blue, 6-5 (6) in a tie breaker; then Liberal 6-3, before falling to Garden City. The Bluejays lost their semifinal match to Great Bend, 6-2, and fell to Garden City 6-2, to finish in fourth place.

In No. 2 doubles, the Bluejays’ team of Sadie Jantz and Mariah Dechant went 1-2 in pool play. The pair started with a win over Dodge City Blue, 6-4, but lost to Liberal, 6-3, and Garden City, 6-2. Hays defeated the Cimarron duo in the fifth place match, 6-3.