Teams compete at state tennis tourneys

Brad Nading
Garden City High School's Brooke Ptacek hits a backhand shot cross court during a singles match in the GCHS girls tennis invite earlier this season.

Three area high schools sent girls tennis members to compete in the state tennis tournaments Friday and Saturday.

Garden City High School had two singles players, Brooke Ptacek and Sage Riggs, qualify for the Class 6A tourney at College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe. Both players went 0-2 in first day action to be knocked out of the double-elimination tourney.

Ptacek was defeated by Manhattan in her opening round 6-0, 6-0, then received a bye in the first round of the consolation side of the bracket. She was then defeated by Mill Valley 9-1.

Riggs dropped her opening match to Washburn Rural 6-4, 6-1, then was defeated by Shawnee Mission East 9-2.

“Overall, I’m proud of the development these two have had through the year,” GCHS head coach Logan Bevis said. “Singles is challenging, a sports equivalent of being stranded on an island, and I think the girls improved a lot on the mental aspect of singles throughout the year.”

At the Class 3-2-1A tournament at the Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita, Scott City and Cimarron each had doubles teams qualify for the event.

Scott City’s team of Isabelle Gutierrez-Myers and Sadie Hermosillo finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, claiming seventh place.

The Beavers’ pair lost their opening round match to Ellsworth 7-5, 6-3 but bounced back on the consolation side with wins over Classical School of Wichita 9-5, and Ashland 9-6. They then were defeated by Smoky Valley, 9-7, but regrouped again to defeated Conway Springs in a tiebreaker 9-8 (12-10) for seventh place.

Scott City’s other doubles team of Rhiley Stoppel and Madison Westergard finished the day at 1-2.

The duo opened with a loss to Ellsworth, 6-0, 6-4. They then defeated Hillsboro 9-4 before being defeated by Smoky Valley, 9-2.

Cimarron’s lone entry in the tournament, the doubles team of Elizabeth and Emily Goetz, went 1-2 in the tournament.

The pair opened with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Central Plains, but came back to defeat Hutchinson Trinity, 9-5. They then dropped a 9-6 decision to Conway Springs to conclude their day.

Garden City High School's Sage Riggs hits a backhand shot during a singles match in the GCHS girls tennis invitational at the GCHS tennis complex earlier this season.