Order on the Court


Photo by: Shannon Achilles

CeAnna Allen

The McPherson girls tennis team is already making some noise in the season being this early. Mac took home 2nd as a team at their first meet in Hesston. Senior, Maisie Edmondson, took away 1st place playing no. 1 singles. The no. 1 doubles team of sophomore, Taylor Bruce and Junior, Ashley Achilles came home with a 3rd place after a tough semi-finals loss. Sophomore, Rachel Carlson and freshman, CeAnna Allen teamed up as no. 2 doubles and placed 2nd in a tough finals match against the Martin sisters from Hesston.

The team’s second meet was in Mac where they came away with 1st as a team. The no. 1 doubles team of Bruce and Allen placed 2nd in another tough finals match against Valley Center. Edmondson also took 2nd against Newton’s Rai Normai, a foreign exchange student from Thailand.

On September 9th, Mac experienced a rough day to say the least. The team as a whole accepted 12th place at Salina Central. Playing no. 2 singles, Junior, Daphne Carrillo, retired after her first round match due to an injured shoulder. Also, uncharacteristically, Mac lost three out of four first round matches which put Maisie Edmondson, Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen all getting 17th place (consolation champions). Edmondson went 4-1 on the day in no. 1 singles as well as Bruce and Allen in no. 1 doubles. Carlson and Achilles went 1-4 in no. 2 doubles and placed 15th.

After the rough day in Salina, the coaches decided to mix up the line up. The girls traveled to Lindsborg on September 16th ready to redeem themselves. As a team, the girls pulled out a first by 4 points. Edmondson and Bruce teamed up as no. 1 doubles and came away with 1st place. Allen was put at no. 1 singles where she placed 3rd losing to Wichita Independent and playing her teammate, Carlson, for 3rd. Carlson ended the day in 4th.

“Tennis season has been great so far. We have played in a few tournaments already and done fairly well in each of them. I think that every one of us will do very well when it comes time for regionals and state.” says Senior Varsity leader, Maisie Edmondson on this season.

Photo by: Kala Bruce