Indians tie for 3rd at Emporia

By Grant Guggisberg

For a variety of scheduling reasons, the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team hadn’t been tested against true top-level competition entering Monday’s trip to Emporia.

Facing off against Olathe East, Washburn Rural, Emporia and Wichita Southeast, the Indians got their chance.

In the five-team meet, Manhattan tied with Emporia for third place with 20 team points. Olathe East won with 32 and Washburn Rural took second with 24. Wichita Southeast had four points.

“Today we saw stronger competition and it was good for us, but it was more matches,” Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said. “We’re pretty darn tired.”

At No. 1 singles, Bianca Pedrozo finished 2-2, beating Southeast and Rural but falling to Emporia and Olathe East.

Caroline Sager, playing at No. 2 singles, had the best day, going 3-1 and losing only to Olathe East.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Cathy Lei and Kristen Fraley went 2-2, defeating Southeast and Emporia, while the No. 2 pairing of Tracy Le and Pajsoua Lo went 1-3, their lone win coming against Southeast.

“Everybody saw really good players, especially from Olathe East and Washburn Rural,” Allen said. “Even though we lost, it was really good competition and we clearly needed to see it. I there might have been a couple matches we could have won, but overall we played well.”

Manhattan traveled to Topeka West for a 10-team tournament today.

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