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Tiger doubles team ready for State tourney

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fort Scott juniors Michelle Buntain (left) and Corina Harrison will take an 18-8 record in doubles to the Class 4A State Tournament at Pratt this weekend.
(Scott Nuzum/Tribune)
Fort Scott High School juniors Michelle Buntain and Corina Harrison will play doubles this weekend at the Class 4A State Tournament at the Walter Blake Complex in Pratt. The two earned their appearance with a fifth-place finish in last weekend's Chanute Class 4A Regional Tournament.

" I'm so excited," Harrison said Wednesday afternoon just before practice. "I just can't believe that this year, I'm actually going. It won't really hit me until we're actually there. Then, it'll be like, 'Oh, wait, whoa'."

Buntain and Harrison played together last season and missed a trip to State by one match. This year, they have a record of 18-8 and have compiled a 36-21 record in two seasons together. They say that one reason they feel that they have improved is because they are familiar with what each one can do on the court.

"We pretty much know what the other one's doing," Buntain said.

"Now," Harrison interjected. "Last year, we were a little hesitant about stuff."

Harrison said they they have improved by being able to work together and trusting other. Buntain agreed and also said that the two can critique each other when they need to without getting any hard feelings over it.

Any singles player or doubles team able to play on Saturday will receive a medal. The players will be unfamiliar with most of their early-round opponents after playing many of the same ones several times during the league season. They know who they could be playing but won't know their styles.

"If we make it through the first match, then we get somewhere," Buntain says. "That's our main goal as of the moment."

Play begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

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