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Nevada gets best of Tigers in dual

Thursday, September 29, 2011

NEVADA -- Fort Scott High School's tennis team played the best-of-nine dual format against Nevada here Tuesday with the home team winning six matches. Fort Scott's junior varsity won four of five matches played.

"We don't play the dual format except for this one match each season and it's good to see how the girls play when playing both singles and doubles." Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "We opened with doubles and then came back and played the singles matches.

"Overall, the effort was good, we just need to be more aggressive in doubles and a little more consistent in both singles and doubles and eliminate some of unforced errors."

Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison (13-5) lost their No. 1 doubles match to Nevada's Leah Creasy/Reagan Kimbrough, 8-1. Kenna Savage and Ashlyn Baugher (4-5) lost to Alexa Cubbage/Jessica DeCocq, 8-2. Courtney Crain and Haleigh Whitten, who were playing together for the first time this season, won the No. 3 match over Brandy Perrin/Lauren Phillips, 9-7.

"Nevada had some strong doubles teams, but I was a little disappointed that some of our scores in doubles weren't a little better," Barr said. "Haleigh and Courtney were aggressive and were controlling the net for most of the match and they came away with a win."

Nevada won the first four singles matches. Crain (6-8) fell to Creasy, 8-0, in No. 1's. Buntain (1-2) lost to Kimbrough, 8-4. Harrison (0-2) went down to Cubbage, 8-5. Savage (2-4) was shut out by DeCocq.

Baugher (2-2) beat Perrin in the No. 5 match, 8-5, and Whitten (6-6) downed Phillips, 8-6, in the No. 6 match.

"(O)ur singles play was pretty good," Barr noted. "Ashlyn and Haleigh came away with wins in close matches and Michelle and Corina both played pretty well and had fairly close matches. This was a pretty good showing in singles for Ashlyn, Michelle and Corina since the have been primarily doubles players most of the season and spend more time practicing doubles than singles."

The varsity will play in the Southeast Kansas League Tournament at Chanute Saturday. This was the final match of the season for the JV, whose results as well as those from a Monday tournament at Chanute follow.

Monday at Chanute

No. 1 singles: Krista Hightower def. Megan Barnow, Chanute (in place of Coffeyville open), 6-1; lost to Abby Luidahl, Chanute Blue, 6-5 (8-6); lost to Casey Gamble, Chanute Gold, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Jasmine Davis def. Emily McCough, Labette County, 6-4; lost to Shelby Stait, Chanute Blue, 6-5 (7-4); def. Hailey Markham, Chanute Gold, 6-4.

No. 1 doubles: Sammi Carr and Kandice Rost def. Lawrence/Aguirre, Iola, 6-0; def. Hicks/Picher, Pittsburg, 6-4; lost to Bearrick/Lawrence, Chanute Gold, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Natalie Carr and Danielle McDowell def. Seeber/Smith, Iola, 6-1; lost to Papen/Mejia, Independence, 6-0; lost to Ungles/Ethridge, Chanute Gold, 6-1.

Tuesday at Nevada

No. 2 singles: Hightower def. Kiersten Lanham, 6-2.

No. 4 singles: Rost def. Lizzie Smith, 6-3

No. 1 doubles: Brittany Burns and Sammi Carr lost to Kiersten Lanham/Emma Smith, 6-5; def. Abby Landoll/Emma Smith, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Hightower and Rost def. Lauren Baker/Lizzy Smith, 6-3.



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