Indians finish third at tennis quad

By Grant Guggisberg

Most anyone who has played tennis knows that windy and hot do not represent ideal playing conditions.

In the case of the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team, the wind proved to be a challenge all afternoon, as the team has not had the chance to play or practice much in those conditions.

“I’m not making excuses, but the wind unnerved us a little bit,” head coach Joyce Allen said. “We’ll know next time how to prepare with this wind.”

Manhattan took third in the four-team meet Tuesday, finishing behind Washburn Rural (12 points) and second-place Marysville (six points). Junction City came in fourth place with two points.

Rural came through with a perfect record, not dropping a match all day to run away with first place.

At No. 1 singles, Kristen Fraley was 0-2 on the day, withdrawing in her final match because of injury.

Catherine Lei at No. 2 singles performed well for the Indians, falling only to Rural and finishing with a 2-1 record.

In doubles action, the No. 1 pairing of Anne Roberson and Kaitlin Wichmann did the same, dropping their match to Rural but finishing with a 2-1 record.

At No. 2 doubles, the pair of Caroline Sager and Claire Freeby lost a pair of tiebreakers in a row to finish 0-3 on the day.

“We have nowhere to go but up,” Allen said. “And we’ll see all these schools but Marysville again and again.”

The team travels to Topeka West on Thursday for a dual.

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