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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PHS netters champs at Stering Invitational

  • Riding the crest of a very successful stretch of five tournaments in ten days, the Greenback girls' tennis team rode into Sterling on Monday, cruising out with another first place team finish and near-sweep.
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  • Riding the crest of a very successful stretch of five tournaments in ten days, the Greenback girls' tennis team rode into Sterling on Monday, cruising out with another first place team finish and near-sweep.
    In dropping only one out of twelve matches, the girls racked up 27 points to lead all teams, followed by Sterling (18), Kiowa-South Barber (10), and Russell (3).
    "This isn't our toughest tournament, by any means, but coming off of Maize South and Smoky Valley, it's a nice chance to build a better record for the girls heading into the league and regional tournaments," commented head coach Larry Kahmeyer.
    In singles action, Adele Loomis again competed in the #1 spot. After a first round 7-1 blowout of Russell's Rhett Brown, Loomis faced a familiar foe in Ryce Stuckey from Sterling. Loomis beat Stuckey earlier in the year at the Pratt Invitational, but Stuckey had the better day and Loomis lost the second round 3-7. Loomis saved her best tennis of the day for Kiowa's McKitrick and walked off with a 7-0 win to wrap up 2nd place.
    well in her final match.
    Juniors Lauren McClain and Dani Williams ran their record to a solid 17-4 after defeating all opponents and only giving away two games in the process. After a 7-0 pasting of Russell, the girls disposed of Sterling 7-1, then finished up with a knockout 7-1 win over Kiowa.
    "Lauren and Dani weren't tested much on this chilly day," said Kahmeyer. "Their challenge was to stay focused and try some new things that can be risky in tight matches."
    Jade Hoover continued her roll, adding three more wins, maintaining her undefeated season and pushing her record to a staggering 21-0. With a quick 7-1 win over Jessica Thorpe (a Sterling player filling in a vacant Russell spot), Hoover faced Sterling's Mac Thrasher. The girls played each other earlier in the season at the Pratt Invitational where Hoover squeaked out a tie-breaker win. At Sterling, the story was a bit different as Hoover exited with a 7-2 win. The final match was even easier as Hoover beat Kiowa's Shania Farney 7-0.
    "Jade's confidence is improving with each meet," reflected Kahmeyer. "She expressed some concern in facing Thrasher again, but I reminded her how she's a different player now. She took that to heart and blew the match wide open. She's on a phenomenal streak right now and it's fun to be a part of!"
    Sophomores Allicia Hall and Elee Hampton also added three more ticks to the win column, beating Mader & Hayes from Russell 7-2, Lambert & Fenwick from Sterling 7-3, and Kiowa's Koblitz & Denton 7-5. Their last match was the most challenging as the girls found themselves tied at 4-all, then down 4-5, finally putting together three quick games to walk off the court with the win.
    Page 2 of 2 - In summing up their play, Kahmeyer said, "After two fairly easy wins, I was a little worried when the girls saw a 4-2 lead turn into a 4-5 deficit in their last match. Our girls were clearly the better team, but they kept feeding their opponents at the net. When they got that figured out, things went much better en route to the 7-5 win."
    The Greenbacks next action is Saturday as they travel west to the always-challenging 12-team Garden City Invitational.
    The CKL and regional hosted by Pratt also remain on the schedule.

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