Indians brave cold conditions at SM East

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan girls’ golf team traveled East down I-70 Monday afternoon for a dual against the Shawnee Mission East Lancers.

Manhattan coach Joyce Allen had the opportunity to take 13 girls with her instead of the usual six that suit up for varsity, giving several girls the chance to play at the highest level for the first time all year.

The Indians played 13 singles matches and six doubles matches, winning one of each. Freshman Catherine Lei won her singles match 8-6 and won again with doubles’ partner Kaitlin Wichmann 8-6.

“Shawnee Mission East has 55 girls out for tennis,” Allen said. “So this is a good way for girls to get varsity experience and see a varsity match. I’m always happy that we can compete with their upper girls.”

Allen said she was happy with the effort she got from all of her girls, even if the win-loss column didn’t end up in their favor.

“I was really pleased with how people played,” Allen said. “It was cold, it was windy, but everybody was in there playing.”

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