MHS tennis ties for 1st

By Grant Guggisberg

Playing through tough weather conditions all afternoon, the Manhattan High girls’ tennis team tied for first with Topeka High in a quad meet Tuesday.

Both top teams finished with eight points, while Topeka West and Shawnee Heights each finished with four points.

“It was very hot and humid,” MHS head coach Joyce Allen said, “and we had some very long matches.”

At No. 1 singles, Kristen Fraley had to earn her 2-1 record on the day, coming behind in both her victories, an 8-5 win and an 8-7 tiebreaker win. She lost to Shawnee Heights 8-6 in her only loss.

“Kristen came from behind in two matches, down 4-0 in her first match and won,” Allen said. “She was down 6-3 in her second and won in a tie breaker.”

Freshman Catherine Lei won all three of her matches on the day at No. 2 singles, including two 8-0 wins and an 8-2 victory.

In doubles action, Anne Roberson and Kaitlin Wichmann finished 2-1 on the day, beating pairs from Shawnee Heights and Topeka West before falling to Topeka High 8-3.

At No. 2 doubles, the pair of Caroline Sager and Jenna Stigge finished 1-2, beating Shawnee Heights 8-4 before losing to Topeka High 8-3 and Topeka West 8-7 in a tiebreaker.

Up next for the tennis team is a home quad with Junction City, Marysville and Washburn Rural on Sept. 11.

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