Girls tennis: Arkansas City wins regional
GODDARD The team title for the Goddard girls tennis regional Saturday depended on the final singles match of the day — fifth place between Arkansas City’s Brittany McBride and Maize South’s Taylor White.
If McBride won, Ark City would tie Bishop Carroll and a tiebreaker would lean in favor of the Bulldogs. But if White won, Carroll won.
McBride defeated White 6-2, 6-4, and with the tiebreaker being the percentage of games won to games lost, Ark City took the team title.
“We look at regionals as two tournaments: first you’ve got to qualify and get that monkey off your back, then it’s about placement which directly affects where you are in the state draw,” Ark City coach Aaron O’Donnell said. “The team title is gravy, and it’s nice to take everybody, especially since we’re hosting (the state tournament).”
Ark City qualified both doubles teams and both singles players, with Ally Burr and Makenna Gonzales taking the doubles title 6-2, 6-2 over Carroll’s Natalie and Nicole Lubbers. Burr and Gonzales fell to Natalie and Nicole Lubbers last time the two teams met, but after losing the first two games of the match Saturday, the Ark City pair won seven consecutive games.
Burr and Gonzales traded games with the Carroll pair in the second set, but won the last three games to finish the match.
“(Carroll’s Natalie and Nicole Lubbers) threw a game at us that we hadn’t seen for the season at the Ark City tournament, so we went back to the practice courts and really worked on that certain aspect,” O’Donnell said. “Today we played very solid then broke them down.”
Ark City’s Peyton Cravens and Bailey Benton finished fourth in doubles behind Carroll’s Breckyn Steven and Abby Garcia.
Carroll’s Courtney Lubbers only lost two games total in her three matches on Saturday and defeated Maize South’s Gwyn Schuler 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match.
“I need to bite down and play my game (at state),” Lubbers said. “In that match I didn’t want to give (Schuler) a single game, so I’ve just got to go out there and play that way with everybody.”
Lubbers was the only Carroll singles player to qualify for state, but both doubles teams qualified.
Maize South qualified Schuler and White for singles, while Alexa Brockel and Karli Kubik qualified for doubles, after defeating teammates Marcy Cuestas and Mariah Suchan to play in the fifth-place match.
“It was awkward and rough to play our own team,” Kubik said. “We know their weaknesses, but they also know ours.”
West qualified one singles player for state. Mariana Gaviria entered the tournament as the second seed behind Lubbers. Despite feeling sick Saturday, Gaviria finished fourth.
Goddard qualified doubles team Lexi Cole and Ashley Roskam.
Team scores — Arkansas City 19, Carroll 19, Maize South 12, West 4, Goddard 2, Eisenhower 2, Liberal 0.
Singles — 1. Lubbers, Carroll, def. Schuler, Maize South, 6-1, 6-0; 3. Klaassen, Ark City, def. Gaviria, West, 6-2, 6-1; 5. McBride, Ark City, def. White, Maize South, 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles — 1. Burr-Gonzales, Ark City, def. Na. Lubbers-Ni. Lubbers, Carroll, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Steven-Garcia, Carroll, def. Cravens-Benton, Ark City, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; 5. Kubik-Brockel, Maize South, def. Cole-Roskam, Goddard, 7-5, 6-3.