Bison girls tennis team places second at GNAC
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HASTINGS -- The McCook High School girls tennis team placed second at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament Saturday at Hastings.
The Bison posted their third straight runnerup finish at the GNAC tournament.
Lexington edged out McCook 34-33 for the GNAC title.
Kearney placed third with 29 points, followed by North Platte 20, Norfolk 16, Hastings 15, Columbus 12 and Scottsbluff 8.
McCook's No. 1 doubles team of Melissa Lyster and Amy Lester won first-place medalist honors with a 7-0 record.
The No. 2 doubles team of Cody Korus and Amy Been were the second-place medalists with a 6-1 record.
Brianna Watkins posted a 5-2 record at No. 1 singles. Hanah Swanhorst finished 3-4 at No. 2 singles.
The Bison junior varsity girls tennis team competes today at the Kearney JV Invitational.
The varsity competes at 1 p.m. mountain time Thursday at Ogallala.
The Nebraska Class B state tournament is May 15-16 at the Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln.
1 Lexington 34
2 McCook 33
3 Kearney 29
4 North Platte 20
5 Norfolk 16
6 Hastings 15
7 Columbus 12
8 Scottsbluff 8
No. 1 Singles-Brianna Watkins, 5-2
Def. Henkel, Scottsbluff, 8-6
Def. Kischer, Hastings, 8-3
Lost to Kropp, Kearney, 8-5
Lost to Ondrak, Lexington, 8-5
Def. Marshall, North Platte, 8-6
Def. Steffen, Columbus, 8-2
Def. Cadell, Norfolk, 8-2
"Brianna had a great tournament going 5-2 and picking up some quality wins against North Platte and Hastings," said McCook tennis coach Matt Wiemers.
"Brianna did a better job of attacking the net and playing a more aggressive style of game.
"She still needs to build some confidence in herself playing that way, but she has the talent and skills to be successful.
"I am proud of how well she competed all day, after coming off a tough invite at Kearney on Thursday.
"Her loss to Kearney was a heartbreaker, as Brianna held a 5-2 lead only to see it slip away and take a 8-5 loss.
"But she rebounded well following that match and went 3-1 to close out the tournament. With her five wins Saturday, she improves to 24-18 on the season.
No. 1 Doubles
Amy Lester, 7-0
1st Place medalists
Def. Holscher/Hopp, Scottsbluff, 8-1
Def. Portwood/Powers, Hastings, 8-4
Def. Green/Trimble, Kearney, 8-3
Def. White/Monter, Lexington, 8-2
Def. Carl/Allberry, North Platte, 8-1
Def. Hass/Stecker, Columbus, 8-0
Def. Cleveland/Fink, Norfolk, 8-3
"Melissa and Amy had an awesome day and repeat as back to back No. 1 doubles champions," Wiemers said.
"They had a dominating tournament and really didn't get tested by anyone all day. They are playing with much more confidence and they are also playing at their level.
"They had some problems with that at the Kearney Catholic invite last Thursday. I was pleased to see them play well and take care of business Saturday. They improved their season record to an impressive 38-3.
"With one match left at Ogallala on Thursday, they have put themselves into a great position for a seed at state in a couple of weeks."
No. 2 Singles
Hanah Swanhorst, 3-4
Def. Brown, Scottsbluff, 8-5
Lost to Koopman, Hastings, 9-7
Def. Wilson, Kearney, 8-3
Lost to Maloley, Lexington, 8-4
Lost to Goodwin, North Platte, 8-1
Lost to Meyers, Columbus, 8-4
Def. Olenich, Norfolk, 8-3
"Hanah had an extremely tough field to compete in. She had a hard loss to Hastings, being up 7-4 and dropping the next five games to lose 9-7," Wiemers said.
"She recovered well and fought back to beat a good opponent in Kearney the next round. Hanah needs to use this week to regain her confidence in herself and to get rested up for the final week of the season.
"She needs to become a more aggressive player and approach the net. Hanah is a long-legged and long-armed girl who would be imtimidating to see at the net. This would help speed up her matches and cut back on the time she would be on the court.
"Hanah now stands at a solid 28-13 on the season and is in pretty good shape to recieve a seed. She has earned some credible wins and with almost 30 victories on the season she has put herself in a good position."
No. 2 Doubles-Cody Korus/
Amy Been, 6-1
2nd Place medalists
Def. Steele/Carlson, Scottsbluff, 8-4
Def. Straka/Ostrom, Lexington, 8-3
Def. Edwards/Cain, North Platte, 8-3
Lost to Cepel/Mahoney, Columbus, 8-4
Def. Craig/Parde, Hastings, 8-1
Def. Coolidge/Hult, Norfolk, 8-3
Def. Steffen/Neverve, Kearney, 9-8 (7-0)
"Cody and Amy played extremely well and earn a second-place finish against a solid field of teams," Wiemers said. "They picked up some quality wins against Lexington, Kearney and Scottsbluff.
"Both girls are gaining a better concept of the strategy they need to use to win. They have become a more aggressive team and do well at attacking the net. They have an outstanding season and have put themselves into a great position for seeding at state. They pushed their record to an awesome 34-7 on the season."