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Indians take 4th at Topeka West

By Grant Guggisberg

After a third-place finish on Monday in Emporia, the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team traveled to Topeka on Tuesday to compete in the 12-team Topeka West Invitational.

The Indians took fourth place with a solid effort, getting a big boost from Caroline Sager, who took first place in No. 2 singles.

Sager has had a solid season so far and came in as the No. 1 seed and backed it up with a complete performance. She took the championship with an 8-6 win over Washburn Rural’s Laura Nicolae to finish the day 3-0. She won her first two matches 8-2 and 8-3.

“It was a great match,” Allen said. “She had the Rural girl down 5-2, then Nicolae tied it at 6-6, and Caroline pulled it out. It was just a great match to watch — she did a wonderful job.”

At No. 1 singles, Bianca Pedrozo finished the day at 2-2 to take sixth place. She won her first match 8-2 before falling in her second 8-5. She won 8-1 against Seaman and lost her final match 8-6. Pedrozo was the only player to play four matches because of

“She played four matches on Monday and she was the only one who played four matches today,” Allen said. “We didn’t get out of Topeka until after 9 o’clock — it was a long day.”

The No. 1 doubles pairing of Kristen Fraley and Cathy Lei opened the day with an 8-1 win over Marysville. Against the top-seeded Salina Central team, they lost 8-2 but had five different game-points they couldn’t capitalize on. They finished the day against Marysville again, winning 8-3.

“No. 1 doubles was seeded fourth and they ended up in third, so they beat their seed,” Allen said. “I’m really proud of them.”

The No. 2 pairing of Tracy Le and Pajsoua Lo took 11th place, losing their first two matches of the day 8-4 and 8-1 before coming through in the final match of the day, winning 8-2 to end the day on a win.

“They won their last match, which was good to see,” Allen said. “It’s always tough if you don’t at least win one.”

Manhattan was scheduled to host a quad on Saturday in City Park, but with Shawnee Heights and Emporia each opting out of the meet, Manhattan and Junction City will play a dual on Thursday instead.

The schedule change allows Manhattan to avoid potentially bad tennis weather on Saturday while still giving the team one last chance to play at home.

The dual begins Thursday at 3 p.m. in City Park.









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