Goal 1 — Check.
Goal 2 — Check.
McPherson High girls tennis coach Tyler Brown was able to check his two boxes on Saturday and as a result the Bullpups will be taking a full contingent to Pratt for the Class 4A State Tournament.
“We had two goals going into Friday and Saturday,” Brown said of the regional tournament hosted by Smoky Valley. “One was to be regional champions as a team. Two to get all six girls to state. With every girl playing to their potential we were able to meet both those goals.”
MHS’ Maisie Edmonson and Taylor Bruce hurried through the doubles bracket as if they had a bus to catch. They were hardly tested in winning four matches, which earns them a high seed on Friday. Both are making return trips to state, as Edmonson was seventh last year in singles, while Bruce was ninth in doubles with the departed Heidi Myers.
The doubles team of Ashley Achilles and Cheyann Williams will be joining them at state after taking fifth in the regional.
CeAnna Allen and Rachel Carlson had to meet in the singles semifinals on Saturday, with Allen winning to earn her a berth in the finals. The freshman wound up taking second place and Carlson rebounded to take third. Carlson was 12th in state in singles last year.
“Next Friday and Saturday in Pratt at state we will have to be at our very best knowing so many teams were able to get six girls in as well,” Brown said. “Even though we have had our ups and downs we continue to meet our team goals and hopefully we can continue that in Pratt as well.”
At the start of the year Wichita Collegiate was thought to be a prohibitive favorite, but now with Arkansas City having dropped down to 4A recently that could give the Spartans a test. Independence has had a strong season by dominating its part of the state, while other teams to watch, Brown said, are Andover Central, Wellington and Marysville.
MHS had a successful state meet last year, with the highlight being a state championship from the doubles team of Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers.