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MHS doubles team advances at state

By Joel Jellison

A day after snow and rain pushed the start of state tennis meets to Saturday, Manhattan High’s Kristen Fraley and Cathy Lei went 2-1 to advance to Sunday.

It wasn’t quite in the way they hoped though. After being seeded as the fourth No. 1 seed, the MHS pair ran straight into Blue Valley Northwest’s Lindsay Haight and Kylee White.

Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said her duo looked nervous, and Northwest won easily.

“They were very, very nervous and we didn’t get a good seed,” she said. “We ended up losing the coin toss so we were the fourth region which meant there we are playing the Shawnee Mission people. We had to play Blue Valley Northwest, they were the fourth seed of their region and they beat us in straight sets. We were a nervous wreck and we could barely play.”

After that, though, Fraley and Lei calmed down. They beat Wichita South’s Nakayla Andrewjeski and Taylor VanCleave 9-0, and followed that with a 9-6 win over Shawnee Mission West’s Josephine and Katherine Cao.

They are schedule to play Derby today at 9 a.m.

Allen said her team performed well despite the rocky start to the day.

“We went to the backside and we beat Wichita South 9-0 and Shawnee Mission West 9-6, and now we play Derby,” she said. “Just too many nerves for that first match and we could never get over it. They feel so much better after winning the last one and we even got down 3-5, so it was good for them.”

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