(Tribune photo/Scott Nuzum)
Tuesday, the Tigers were defeated by their Missourian namesakes -- Nevada is also known as the Tigers -- by an 8-0 score.
Fort Scott hasn't won a match this season (0-20) but the team is made up entirely of first- and second-year players. Only Taylor Bailey and Lauren Caulfield were on the team last season. A few of the players joined the team a couple of weeks into the season.
The players continue to plug away looking to break through and one can see the effort they are making.
"Nevada has a strong team, but we had several girls who gave a good effort today," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "We are a young team and I'm seeing progress. We just aren't where we need to be to be really competitive at the varsity level."
A best-of-nine is usually only played when there are just two teams. It has six singles matches and three doubles matches. An injury and KSHSAA season limits forced Barr to keep No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles open.
Bailey played No. 1 singles. She was defeated by Whitney Del Rosario, 8-0. Caulfield was the No. 2 singles player. She lost to Cheyenne Whitson, 8-0.
Nevada's Katlyn Short beat Fort Scott's Kelsie Hess in No. 3 singles, 8-1. Ashley McKinley of Nevada defeated Ashlyn Baugher, 8-1, in No. 4 singles.
Leah Creasy of Nevada defeated Heather Hobbs, 8-0, in the No. 5 match. Hobbs played an exhibition match against Caitlin Wagner in what would have been the No. 6 spot. Wagner won that 8-0.
Del Rosario and Short defeated Caulfield and Hess in No. 1 doubles, 8-0. McKinley and Whitson defeated Bailey and Baugher, 8-1 in No. 2 doubles.
Last Thursday, the Tigers played in a five-team round-robin tournament at Pittsburg.
Hess played No. 1 singles and lost to Labette County's Alahna Broadway, 8-0; Iola's Kirti Ghandi, 8-1; Pittsburg's Erin Farmer, 8-0; and Columbus' Malari Moser, 8-2.
Hobbs was in the No. 2 singles bracket and lost to Hailey Koger of Labette County, 8-1; Iola's Amanda Carr, 8-0; Pittsburg's Sara Verga, 8-0; and Columbus' Josie Frietag, 8-3.
Bailey and Kalia Dancy played No. 1 doubles. They lost to Labette County's Kyla Smith/Katie Anderson, 8-2; Iola's Erika Taylor/Preeya Patel, 8-4; Pittsburg's Sammy Highfield/Ashton Borne, 8-0; and Columbus' Bobbi Shanks/Shaylee Thomas, 8-5.
Carr and Baugher were the Tigers' No. 2 doubles team. They lost to Kelli Kietzman/Chelsea Shultz, 8-0; Iola's Maria Baker/Valeree Winslow, 8-3; Pittsburg's Charpil Stewart/Lindsay Collar, 8-0; and Columbus' MaKenzie Teel/Kelsey Hill, 8-5.
Action in Thursday's home tournament begins at 3 p.m. The high school courts and the courts by the city pool will be used.