Indians go 10-2 to win home quad

By Grant Guggisberg

Playing at home in picture-perfect weather Tuesday afternoon, the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team continued its winning ways with a quadrangular meet win over Marysville, Washburn Rural and Junction City.

The team went 10-2 on the day in its matches to win comfortably over Marysville, which went 6-6. Rural and Junction City each went 4-8.

Bianca Pedrozo, Caroline Sager and the doubles tandem of Cathy Lei and Kristen Fraley all went 3-0 on the day, with the young No. 2 doubles paid of Tracy Le and Pajsoua Lo going 1-2.

“I think everybody did really well,” Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said. “My little twos had a little trouble, but they played three pretty decent teams. The No. 2s end up being the most evenly matched. But they did a great job, I was really happy.”

Washburn Rural, normally a strong team, left some of its girls behind in Topeka to compete in a quad that was postponed from yesterday because of rain, meaning Manhattan didn’t get the opportunity to face its best players.

At singles, Pedrozo and Sager both played well all day. Pedrozo had her toughest match against Rachel Frese of Marysville, winning 8-5, while Sager had two match wins by the score of 8-4.

At doubles, Fraley and Lei were the most dominant, winning 8-2 against Marysville and Rural and beating Junction City 8-0.

“I feel like they have good chemistry, and they look like they’re having fun,” Allen said. “To win the way they did, that is pretty fun. They looked strong. They’re both confident in their ground strokes and at the net, so it’s been fun.”

Le and Lo at No. 2 doubles lost a pair of tough matches 8-5 before winning its final match of the day in a tiebreak over Rural, 8-7 (8-6).

Looking forward, Manhattan travels to Lawrence on Sept. 26 for a dual with the Lions. Each player will get the chance to play both singles and doubles in the dual format, which is good for a team still looking for the best way to set its lineup.

“Thursday we go to Lawrence and everybody plays singles and doubles,” Allen said. “Lawrence typically gives us a pretty good match.”

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