Fort Scott wins home tournament

Friday, September 23, 2016
Fort Scott senior Mikayla Norris returns a volley during a No. 1 doubles match Thursday. Norris and partner Emily Adams won the pool with a 3-0 record on the day. (Courtesy Brian Wade)

Fort Scott High School's tennis team won three pools Tuesday as the Tigers won their home varsity tournament.

Fort Scott entries placed first in No. 1 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles and second in No. 2 singles. Another doubles team filling in for a missing Independence entry finished second.

"We really saw some improvement in our play yesterday," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "More consistent play with less unforced errors and our doubles teams especially played more aggressively."

Fort Scott senior Emily Adams fires back during No. 1 doubles play in the Fort Scott Invitational Tuesday afternoon. Adams and partner Mikayla Norris won the pool, one of three Tiger entries to win pools, all of them with 3-0 records. The success of the Tigers, which included a second-place finish in No. 2 singles, put them in second in the final team standings behind champion Independence. (Courtesy Brian Wade)

Alex King (4-15) won No. 1 singles. She was leading Laney Baughman 4-1 when the Labette County player had to retire due to illness. Then she shut out Columbus' Anna Holman and Independence's Sagan Shire.

"I was really excited for Alex," Barr said. "She plays so hard every match but consistently faces some very tough opponents. She played good tennis yesterday, hit consistently and was able to win her home tournament as a senior."

Emily Adams and Mikayla Norris (6-4), both seniors, won No. 1 doubles. They beat BreAnna Albertson/Jessica Bradbury of LCHS, 8-4, Carrie Napier/Abby Zahm of Columbus, 8-1, and Alexis Clapp/Angela Solano of Independence.

"Emily and Mikayla played the best, most consistent tennis of the season in this tournament," Barr said. "They did a good job controlling the net and even though they had a few minor bumpy stretches, they got things turned around and closed out the matches playing good tennis."

Addison Cunningham and Madi Larson (4-0) won No. 2 doubles while teammates Britni Addington and Rebekah Sweyko (6-4), filling in an absence by Independence, finished second. As it happened, they faced each other in the final match with the pool championship on the line.

Cunningham and Larson defeated Aubri Stewart/Ralee Moore of LCHS, 8-0, while Addington and Sweyko beat them, 8-2. Both Fort Scott teams downed Bri Hosier/Hannah Gideon of Columbus by 8-2 scores.

Cunningham and Larson defeated their teammates, 8-5, for the championship.

"Addison and Madi had a very good tournament after only getting to play one match last week at Chanute," Barr said. "They played consistently and Addison was dominant at the net for much of the tournament. They were able to be aggressive, but yet defend when they needed to. They showed poise in the final match, fending off a late run by Britni and Rebekah to put the match away. Definitely the best tennis these two have played.

"Britni and Rebekah also had a very good tournament. Being able to get into this tournament was a big blessing. They continue to grow as a doubles team and get better. They showed a lot of determination in the final match against Addi and Madi. They fell behind early but fought back to tighten up the match. That final doubles match was one of the best-played matches of the day and both teams should feel proud of their effort."

Briana Williams (6-4) took second place in No. 2 singles. She defeated Caylee Jones of Labette County, 8-1, accepted a forfeit in Columbus' spot, and lost to Meredith Campbell of Independence, 8-5.

"Briana had a good tournament also," Barr said. "She is quietly starting to get her game together and we will really need her to continue to improve and do well for us in the upcoming tournaments."

Kendall Madison (2-7) was set to fill in for the absent Columbus player in No. 2's. She finished a match against Campbell, losing, 8-1, but was too ill to continue.

The Tigers played their final regular-season varsity tournament Thursday at Pittsburg. A junior varsity tournament is also scheduled for Monday at Chanute.