Manhattan girls tennis, Kayla Lei

Manhattan High's Kayla Lei returns a serve from her opponent during a match last season. Lei finished in first in No. 2 singles play Thursday at the Junction City Quad.

Manhattan High’s girls varsity tennis squad opened the season at the Junction City Quad on Thursday, competing against Salina South, Lawrence Free State and the hosts from Junction City.

The representatives from MHS had strong showings.

The Indians’ singles players, Jillian Harkin (in the No. 1 spot) and Kayla Lei (in the No. 2 spot), lost only one game the whole day combined, and both girls earned first place. The two doubles teams from Manhattan, featuring the pairings of Joanna Park and Hannah Loub, as well as Kate McGee and Maura Wiens, both finished in second place at the meet. Park/Loub are the Indians’ top doubles team while McGee and Wiens are in the No. 2 position.

Manhattan head coach Tony Ingram said he was pleased with the effort and results overall.

“We are going to continue to work on consistency at both our ground strokes and serving,” Ingram said. “This first match gives us a better idea of where our skillsets are for the doubles teams and what we need to continue to rep.”

The Indians won’t compete with their top six players again until next Sept. 14, when they travel to Emporia with the varsity and junior varsity teams.

Freshman volleyball goes 2-1

Manhattan High’s freshman volleyball team took two of three matches in the season opener against Seaman High on Thursday. The only loss came to Washburn Rural in the first match, when Manhattan claimed the first set 25-23, but dropped the following two sets 25-12 and 15-10.

Manhattan dominated Emporia in the second match, winning in two sets, 25-16 and 25-9. The Indians got multiple serving points from Ava Reese, Hailey Vardiman, Mollie Burns and Avery Larson.

Manhattan then defeated the host, Seaman, in two sets, 25-16 and 25-23. The Indians took advantage of a couple late rallies, with Vardiman, Reese, Olivia Payne and Josie Mehl leading the charge. Carly Pearsall, Grace bannister and Larson made critical plays, too.

The freshman volleyball team will compete in the Junction City junior varsity tournament Saturday.