Playing in a dual with Junction City at City Park on Thursday, the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team won 6-3 to build momentum for Monday’s trip to the Centennial League meet in Emporia.
Bianca Pedrozo (No. 1), Cathy Lei (No. 3) and Kristen Fraley (No. 4) all won their singles matches 8-0, with Caroline Sager at No. 2 singles winning 8-5. Tracy Le at No. 5 singles lost 8-2, and Pajsoua Lo at No. 6 singles lost 8-7 (7-5) in a close match.
In doubles, the No. 1 pairing of Fraley and Lei won 8-1, the No. 2 pairing of Pedrozo and Sager won 8-2 and the No. 3 pairing of Le and Lo lost 8-6.
“The more they play, the better they’ll play,” Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said. “The reason we did this was so the girls could actually play again and not play against each other to get ready for Monday’s meet.”
Manhattan will face a tough test on Monday, facing off against some of the top Centennial teams in Washburn Rural, Emporia and Topeka High.
“It’s going to be a long day,” Allen said. “I hope we’re fifth or better — we want to be in that top tier.”