MHS tennis finishes fifth at Emporia

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girls’ tennis team is staying busy this week.

After taking fifth at Emporia Monday, the Indians travel to Topeka West today before taking a few days off and hosting a quad on Saturday.

In Emporia, the Indians mixed things up, moving Catherine Lei to doubles and inserting Carly Tracz at No. 2 singles behind Kristen Fraley at No. 1 singles.

Lei paired with Kaitlin Wichmann to form one doubles pair, with Cat Colburn and Jenna Stigge forming the second doubles team. The doubles had just one bracket, so there was no No. 1 or No. 2 distinction.

The always-tough Washburn Rural won the six-team tournament, finishing ahead of second-place Olathe East and host Emporia in third. Topeka High finished fourth, one spot ahead of Manhattan.

“It was a really difficult tournament,” MHS coach Joyce Allen said, “and I thought we did a pretty good job considering.”

After two weeks of not playing after an injury, Fraley got things rolling again for the Indians, going 2-2 on the day and finishing sixth in the No. 1 singles bracket.

Tracz, who hasn’t played many singles matches this year, went 0-3 on the day.

Wichmann and Lei went 2-2 on the day, finishing seventh, while the second doubles pair of Colburn and Stigge finished 11th and went 1-2.

Today’s trip to Topeka West is the largest tournament Manhattan has played in this season, giving the Indians yet another challenge to overcome.

The first match is set for 3 p.m. at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.

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