Wellington girls win season opening tennis tournament for 1st time since 2012

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls tennis team were victors of a very competitive season opening tennis tournament at Sellers Park. Take a look at these team scores:Wellington   16Buhler   15Goddard Eisenhower  15Conway Springs   14.It doesn’t get much closer than that.In No. 2 singles, player Madison Lewellen led the way going 3-0 on the day – good for first place.  Lewellen only gave up three games on the day.  “I think Madison surprised herself a little bit,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington High School girls tennis coach. “Her experience showed today.”  Newcomers Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk finished second at No. 2 doubles losing only one match to Goddard Eisenhower 8-6.  ‘These two will get better,” Aufdengarten said. “They haven’t even picked a racquet up in two or three years.” Abby Lowe played No. 1 singles and did very well, placing third.  ‘Her first opponent was a 5a state qualifier from last year and she lost 8-1,” Aufdengarten said.Lowe bounced back and beat Buhler 8-4, before losing a close match 8-6 to Ebenkamp from Conway Springs, who placed 12th at state. “Abby did well and battled hard for her first meet of the year,” Aufdengarten said. The No. 1 doubles team of Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten took third also.  They beat Goddard Eisenhower, then lost to a good Buhler team.  “Nachtigal from Buhler hasn’t finished out of the top four in the past three years and was a state champ in 2014,” Aufdengarten said. In their final match they lost to Koch and Bellar from Conway Springs 8-5.  “They wanted that one back,” Aufdengarten said. “They didn’t play consistent and was tied 5-5 before dropping last three games.  Bellar placed sixth at state in singles and Koch finished third in doubles last season.”Aufdengarten continued: I’m excited to win the tournament, everyone did their job, every match counted.  We  haven’t won this tournament outright since 2012, so this was a nice surprise, with some good teams here.last_img

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