Manhattan wins home tennis meet

By Grant Guggisberg

Saturday’s home quad for the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team featured plenty of wins and near-perfect weather.

Just the way head coach Joyce Allen drew it up.

Manhattan won the meet with 11 points, going 11-1 in their matches all day. Emporia took second place with six points and Junction City took third with four, with Shawnee Heights rounding things out with three points on the day.

At No. 1 singles, Kristen Fraley took the only loss of the day for Manhattan, battling Emporia’s Ashley DeBauge but ultimately coming out on the losing end. She defeated Junction City’s Kenedy Obrecht 8-2 and Shawnee Heights’ Isabel Holden 8-0 in her other two matches.

At No. 2 singles, Catherine Lei had another strong day, sweeping all three matches.

In doubles play, the No. 1 pairing of Kaitlin Wichmann and Anne Roberson went 3-0, winning 8-1 over Shawnee Heights and 8-0 over Junction City.

Perhaps the best effort of the day went to the No. 2 pairing of Jenna Stigge and Cat Colburn. Down 7-2 in the final match of the day, Stigge and Colburn battled back and ultimately won the tie breaker 8-7, (8-6) to go 3-0 on the day.

“It was, to me, a heroic effort,” Allen said. “I was really proud of the girls.”

The weather at City Park Saturday was perfect for tennis, with only a light breeze and cool temperatures. Going 11-1 on the day was icing on the cake.

“I think this will put us in a good position for league on Monday,” she said. “It was just a great day.”

The tennis team next travels to Topeka for the league meet on Monday, where they will see these same teams again, along with the rest of the Centennial League.

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