Kansas City Christian freshman Lilly McNeill headed into the Kansas Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament undefeated in match play this season.
On Friday in Wichita, the dominance continued.
McNeill dropped only three games total in her three matches. She will play in today’sstate semifinal match, still perfect at 24-0.
KC Christian also put a near-perfect doubles team into the semifinals: Molly McNeill and Anna Viale finished the regular season at 18-1, and carried the momentum into the postseason.
Regional dominance at Class 6A singles tournament
Three of the final four singles players remaining in the Class 6A tournament in Topeka hail from the same region. Shawnee Mission East junior Sarah Wilcox (the No. 1 seed in the SM South regional last week), Blue Valley North sophomore Chloe Kuckelman (No. 2) and Blue Valley West’s Brylin Staats (No. 4) all made it into today’s semifinal matches.
Both BV North and SM East also have doubles teams in the Class 6A semifinals. Evelyn Chang and Karen Yan (BV North) came into the state tournament with only one loss this season. SM East’s Joie Beth Freirich and Larkin McLiney also are in the semifinals.
Close calls for De Soto’s Sullivan
De Soto freshman Issa Sullivan used a couple of marathon tiebreakers to jump into the Kansas Class 5A singles semifinals in Arkansas City. Sullivan won her first match 5-7, 7-5 (11) and her quarterfinals match 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Sullivan had only one loss in match play this season, and will head into today’s semifinals at 15-1.