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Indians come up short in Lawrence dual

By Grant Guggisberg

With eight days between matches for the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team, the rust started to show a little bit on Thursday.

Traveling to Lawrence for a dual with Lawrence High, Manhattan came up just short, falling 5-4. A year ago at this meet, they won just one match.

“It’s been nine days since our last match and we just looked a little rusty,” Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said. “Our No. 1 doubles looked good, and Bianca (Pedrozo) came from behind to win, so that was nice.”

Pedrozo played in two tiebreakers on the day, winning 8-7 (7-3) in singles and pairing with Caroline Sager at No. 2 doubles in an 8-7 (7-4) loss. Sager, at No. 2 singles, lost 8-3.

Kristen Fraley and Cathy Lei teamed at No. 1 doubles to win easily, 8-2. Fraley won at No. 3 singles 8-1, and Lei won at No. 4 singles 8-3.

The No. 3 doubles pair of Tracy Le and Pajsoua Lo lost their match 8-1, with Le losing in singles 8-1 and Lo falling 8-0.

“I feel like because we didn’t play, we weren’t real focused,” Allen said. “Sometimes you practice, but you’re not match-tough. So I didn’t feel we were match-tough. Sometimes a long layoff isn’t very good, and this is our last big layoff.”

Both teams battled the elements on Thursday, with gusty winds at times wreaking havoc.

“It was windy, but we did OK, I was happy,” Allen said. “It made it tougher, and I thought it might bother Bianca, and it might have in the doubles match, but she got a hold of it and did a nice job. She did a nice job of hanging in there and not letting that tiebreak get away from her at all.”

Manhattan doesn’t have many layoffs left on the schedule, with two matches scheduled for next week, beginning with Monday’s trip to Emporia to face Topeka High, Emporia, Wichita Southeast and Washburn Rural.

The team also plays Tuesday in the Topeka West Invitational on Tuesday.

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