The return of St. James Academy sophomore Catherine Reike was an important one because of her experience at the Kansas 5A tournament in Valley Center.
St. James graduated both its doubles teams from 2014, so coach Amy Fangman hoped to build as a team on Reike’s time.
Reike finished sixth in singles at the 5A tournament on Saturday at Valley Center High. St. James finished ninth as a team.
“Actually we ended up having a great season,” Fangman said. “We had one experienced player in singles. But we brought two singles players and a doubles team.
“We were very happy to see Catherine finish sixth. She came to state last year, and I do think that experience helped her get as far as she did.”
Lansing finished tied for fourth in the team race, scoring 18 points. Lansing’s top finishers were the doubles team of Mandi-Petros-Rachel Long, which finished sixth. Katie Rathjen was ninth in singles.
Andover won its third straight title, earning 60 points as all six of its players were in Saturday’ssemifinals.
Andover’s Dohee Lee beat teammate Grace Ball for the singles title for the second straight season. Lee, who won her third title, beat Ball 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-0.
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Spring Hill senior Vargas third in 4A
Spring Hill senior Paola Vargas led local qualifiers with a third-place finish at the Kansas Class 4A state tennis tournament in Winfield.
Vargas defeated Wichita Collegiate’s Sydney Lair 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 in her final match and finished the season with a 32-4 record.
Bishop Miege’s Mary Kate Rielley also lost only one match, but hers came one round earlier, which set her up on the backside of the bracket. She outscored opponents 27-5 across three nine-game pro sets and beat Collegiate’s Emily Ramsey 9-3 in the fifth-place match. She finished the season 16-6.
Miege teammates Sara Carlsen and Zoey Slettehaugh, who finished second in their regional last week, were the only local doubles team that medaled in 4A. They went 2-4 in four matches at state and finished the season 17-8.
Spring Hill and Bishop Miege each finished in a three-way tie for seventh with 16 points. Collegiate won with 50 points.
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KC CHristian’s Vialle fourth in singles
Sophomore Anna Vialle placed fourth in singles at the 3-1A state tournament at Harmon Park in Prairie Village, leading Kansas City Christian to an sixth place finish in the team standings.
“My mental game and practice has been the difference this year,” Vialle said. “I need to be more consistent with the mental game and controlling my actions and emotions.”
Maranatha Christian senior Blythe Asbell finished eighth in singles.
Wichita Independent junior Anna Riedmiller defended her state singles title. She didn’t lose a game in the tournament, beating Hoisington senior Besa Bwalya, 6-0, 6-0 in the singles championship match.
Hesston won its first ever state title in girls tennis with 45 points, beating second place Conway Springs by 17 points.
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