Tiger tennis in busy stretch

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Fort Scott's Kendall Madison returns a shot from an Independence player during No. 1 singles play in the Fort Scott Invitataional Tuesday afternoon. Complete results of the tournament will be presented in Friday's edition. Results from action earlier in the week are presented below. (Scott Nuzum/Tribune)

Fort Scott High School's tennis teams have been playing a lot of tennis over the past six days.

They hosted their own varsity tournament on Tuesday. More coverage of that will be included in Friday's edition.

The varsity also played Thursday and Monday while the junior varsity team played at Parsons on Monday.

Thursday's varsity action got underway but each of the Tigers' entries were only able to get in one match before storms washed out the rest of the tournament. There are not enough open dates among the teams the rest of the season, so the remaining matches will not be made up.

Alex King played No. 1 singles and fell to defending Class 4A State champion Sayaka Smith of Coffeyville, 8-0. Briana Williams defeated Coffeyville's Mikayla Kwek, 8-0, in No. 2 singles.

Addison Cunningham and Madi Larson were paired up for the first tine this season and defeated Coffeyville's Madison Giesen/Sara Vargas, 8-2, in No. 1 doubles. Britni Addington and Rebekah Sweyko (4-3) defeated the Golden Tornado duo of Lauren Bryant/Felisha Whitewater, 8-0, in No. 2 doubles.

The varsity went to Independence Monday to finish up a tournament that was suspended on Sept. 8. There were only three matches remaining for the Tigers at the time, all against Chanute.

King (1-15) lost to Caroline Kimberlin, 8-7 (7-3) in No. 1 singles. Williams (4-3) took down Jenna Greer, 8-1. Cunningham and Emily Adams (4-6) defeated Jaiden Galemore/Sage Collins, 8-3.

"Alex was tied 6-6 when play was stopped," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr noted. "Emily and Addison were down 2-5 and Briana was just getting ready to take the court.

"Alex was in a pressure situation being so near the end of the match but gave a good effort. She dropped the first game to fall behind, won the next to force the tie-breaker but just wasn't able to score enough points in the tie-breaker to come back and win."

Most of Fort Scott's entries at the Parsons JV tournament on Monday played three matches. Patience Richwine played No. 1 singles and went 1-2. She lost to Ally Hicks of Parsons, 6-2, and Taryn Seely of Chanute, 6-1. She defeated Payne of Iola, 6-2.

Alexis Bailey lost to Chanute's Mikayla Kuels, 6-1, in her first match in No. 2 singles. She drew a bye in the second round, then beat Labette County's Athena Buck, 6-2.

Kendall Madison and Abbie Houston played No. 1 doubles. They lost to Neville/Matthews of Pittsburg, 6-1. They defeated Baldwin/March of LCHS, 6-1, and Geddry/Lowell of Iola, 6-0.

Addi Smith and Jasmine Clemens played No. 2 doubles. They received a first-round forfeit from Iola, shut out Pichler/Kelly of Pittsburg and beat Lancaster/Harper of Parsons, 6-1.

The final regular-season tournament for the varsity team is Thursday at Pittsburg while the JV is scheduled for its final action Monday at Chanute.

Editor's Note: The cutline information as originally posted misidentified the player in the photo. Kendall Madison is in the photo, not Alex King. The Tribune regrets the error.