INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Scott High School tennis coach Lynn Barr saw improvement from his squad here Tuesday at a five-team round robin tournament hosted by Independence.
Barr has been making some changes to his lineups due to inexperience and illness and currently has to leave the No. 2 doubles position open. But despite that, the Tigers tied one of the duals and won another, finishing fourth on the day.
"This improvement is something we are striving for this season," Barr said. "We just want to keep getting a little better each week."
Jill Query was 2-2 in No. 1 doubles and finished in third place. She won her opening match, 8-3, over Kayla Smith of Labette County and her second, 8-1, over Lindsay Ong of Parsons. She lost to Erin Railsback of Neodesha, 8-2, and Kelsie Froebe of Independence, 8-0.
"Jill continues to play good tennis and is getting better with each tournament we play," Barr said. "She was dominant in her two wins and in her loss to Neodesha, which was much closer than the final score would indicate. Jill is showing the kind of leadership that we expected from someone in her fourth year in the program."
Danielle Miller and Molly Karleskint placed second in No. 1 doubles as they also went 2-2. They took an 8-7 (7-5) win over Sierra Foster and Amanda Barnett of Labette County and received a forfeit from Parsons. They lost to Jodi Whitson and Heather Hammar of Neodesha, 8-3, and Ashlee Carr and Kelby McGrath of Independence, 8-0.
"Danielle and Molly showed a lot of improvement today," Barr noted. "They came out and pulled out a win in a tiebreaker over the LC team in their first match and this was against a team that beat them 8-1 back on August 30. Even in their losses they continued to show signs of improvement and playing better doubles. They should be proud of their effort today."
Britney Doherty played her first varsity matches and was 1-3 in No. 2 singles. She lost her first match by an 8-1 score to Arissa Utemark of Labette County, then received a forfeit from Parsons. She also lost 8-0 to Taylor Giger of Neodesha and 8-4 to Biloxie Morgan of Independence.
"Brittney was seeing her first ever varsity action and came out a little nervous and tense," Barr said. "But she settled in as the day progressed and started playing better in her later matches. She is doing a great job for someone who only started playing tennis a few weeks ago. She is scrappy and competitive and should keep improving as she gets more experience."
The Tigers will host the make-up of Monday's rained-out junior varsity tournament at 2 p.m. Thursday. The varsity team will travel to Spring Hill Tuesday.
NOTES -- Query has a 5-6 varsity record this season while Miller and Karleskint are 3-4 as a team....
The Tigers have a 1-9-2 record against each team they've faced in their tournaments....