INDEPENDENCE -- Heather Hobbs took third place in No. 2 singles here Tuesday as Fort Scott High's tennis team took part in a five-team round-robin tournament here.
Hobbs (5-9) defeated Elyse Merritt of Labette County, 8-4, in her first match. In the second match, she lost 8-2 to Emily Derrick, an Independence player who was filling a vacant slot in the Parsons line up. The third match was an 8-0 loss to Taylor Mason of Independence. Finally, she defeated Alyssa Schurle of Neodesha, 8-5.
"Heather had a solid tournament," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "She needs to work on her movement and keep her focus, but she is keeping the ball in play and making her opponents work a little harder to beat her and that is a great start to successful singles play. Along with that, she at times is beginning to move the ball around the court a little more, hitting to her opponent's weaknesses."
Taylor Bailey and Michelle Buntain played No. 1 doubles, going 1-3 to finish fourth. They recorded their victory over Melina Kipp/Jennifer Nickelson of Parsons by an 8-2 score. They lost to Lakyn Baughman/Lora Nance of LCHS, 8-4; Molly Nangan/Lexy Nangan of Independence, 8-1; and Mary Welch/Brianna Goodman of Neodesha, 8-6.
Ashlyn Baugher and Sammi Carr paired up for the first time this season in No. 2 doubles, also going 1-3. They beat Jessica Nickel-son/Samantha Fletcher of Parsons, 8-2. Their losses were to Kaitlynn Woolfolk/Kelsey Baker of LCHS, 8-5; Ashley Conner/Erin Wesselowski of Independence, 8-0; and Annabelle Howard/Becky Patchett of Neosdesha, 8-2.
Kalia Dancy was 0-4 in No. 1 singles. She lost to Katie Anderson of LCHS, 8-2; Lexi Dent of Independence, 8-2; Jackie Schoonover of Neodesha, 8-0; and to Kelsey Porter of Independence, who was also filling a Parsons vacancy, 8-0.
The Tiger varsity is idle until Sept. 26 when it will go to Pittsburg's tournament.