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Bishop Miege finishes fifth in Kansas Class 4A girls tennis

Bishop Miege girls tennis coach Andrew Groene has leaned on senior singles players Mary Kate Rielley and Lily Gibson for leadership all season.

That time came to an end Saturday with both players earning individual medals and the Stags finishing fifth in Class 4A.

Rielley started the day with a shot at a championship, but finished fourth in singles after losses to Wichita Collegiate sophomores Sydney Lair and Lauren Conrad.

Gibson, who lost her first-round match on Friday, earned 10th in the 23-player bracket.

“I was really pleased for Lily because it was her first time to place at state,” Groene said. “She went through the back side of the bracket to do it.

“For Mary Kate to make the semifinals coming out of the same regional as the state champion, it’s just a tougher road to make it through there.”

Conrad defeated Rielley 7-5, 6-0 in the third-place match. Smoky Valley’s Kira Haxton defeated Gibson 9-6 in the ninth-place match.

Collegiate scored 38 points and successfully defended its 4A team title. Topeka Hayden sophomore Brooklyn Hunter won her second consecutive singles title. McPherson seniors Ellea Ediger and Rachel Ivers won the doubles championship.

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