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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Williams. McClain medal at State

  • With state-wide rain and snow nixing any possibility of starting on Friday, all classes rescheduled tournaments for Saturday and Sunday when temperatures climbed to ideal temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
    The delay was apparently to the liking of senior doubles partners Lauren McClain and Dani Williams, who racked up a 4-2 record to take 6th place out the 24 teams that started the tournament.
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  • Compared to four days last year, it took only three days to play the 2013 KSHSAA 4A Girls’ State tennis tournament this year at Topeka.
    With state-wide rain and snow nixing any possibility of starting on Friday, all classes rescheduled tournaments for Saturday and Sunday when temperatures climbed to ideal temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
    The delay was apparently to the liking of senior doubles partners Lauren McClain and Dani Williams, who racked up a 4-2 record to take 6th place out the 24 teams that started the tournament. Pratt finished 10th in the team standings out of 23 schools that competed.
        The girls completed their high school tennis careers in grand fashion, outperforming expectations. With an easy 6-1, 6-1 opening round victory over Ottawa, the girls followed up with a slightly more challenging 6-3, 6-1 win over Independence.
    In the quarterfinals, McClain and Williams faced the #1 seeded and undefeated 27-0 Wamego team. Basketball fans might recognize the 6’ 2” Page sisters who paired up for doubles this year. The Pratt duo got off to a promising start with a 2-1 lead, but that was about it as the sisters kicked in to take a 6-3, 6-1 win and knock Pratt to the backside.
    “It was just a tough match-up,” said coach Larry Kahmeyer. “We got an early lead, but they are so tall we couldn’t get the ball over them, by them, or through them. They’re a good doubles team that ended up being the state runners-up to McPherson. We didn’t play that badly – they are just that good.”
    On Sunday’s backside matches, McClain and Williams won a hard-fought 9-6 battle with Parsons, then steam-rolled Winfield 9-2 to find themselves in the 5th place match with Andover Central, a team Pratt defeated at the Wellington regional. McClain and Williams took the first game, then quickly found themselves down 1-4, then 2-7, to ultimately lose 3-9.
    “Central had everything working – serves, groundstrokes, volleys, you name it.” said Kahmeyer. “The mistakes they made at regionals weren’t there and they were really clicking. Still – I was very pleased with a 6th place finish in a tough field of talent.”
    “Lauren and Dani really built something together,” reflected Kahmeyer. “Lauren was a four-time state qualifier and Dani twice. They paired up for doubles their last two years and amassed an impressive 42-10 record with two 3rd place regional finishes and 10th and 6th place state medals.  They have every reason to take pride in what they did together.“

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