None of the Pratt High girls tennis team advanced out of regionals this weekend
It was a relatively short weekend for the Greenback netters. None of the Pratt entrants were able to advance past the opening round of the Wichita Collegiate regional.
In singles play, Erin Jackson won a "play-in" match against Degallado of Ulysses, but that would be the only match captured by any of the Frogs.
Jackson then lost her first round match to Ruffin of Collegiate. Julieann McClain also lost her first round singles match to Lowe of Wellington.
In doubles, Brynn Hampton and Hailey Hewatt fell to Haengg/Baker of Andover Central and Vanessa Leckner and Rachel Reichenberger dropped their match to Rusk/Rusk of Wellington.
The Pratt High netters season came to a close with the losses at regional.
"We are a young team and we had several players this season who would not normally have the opportunity for varsity play with such inexperience," said Tate Thompson, PHS head coach."They were thrust into the position of having to fill spots and they did well, all things considered."
" For our more experienced players, Julieann finished her second season just under .500 and Brynn and Hailey ended right at .500," Thompson continued. "The regional was stacked with Collegiate and mostly bigger 4A schools taking most of the placings."
"Erin beat the Degollado girl from Ulysses 9-4 after losing to her earlier in the season 4-8," Thompson mentioned. "She has made huge strides since picking up a racquet this summer. Erin will lead the way next year as our strongest returning player."
"Looking forward, we have to get more kids playing tennis," Thompson concluded. "We need a middle level program of some sort and I will continue to give free lessons in the summer for 5th-8th grade kids wanting to learn to play. “We are putting the pieces in place to build this program back up and we just need to continue to get kids in the program that stick with it. Our young group from this year will return next year and hopefully when they are seniors we will start seeing the results we want."