Wednesday, September 03, 2014

OHS doubles team qualifies for state tourney

By The Herald Staff | 10/14/2013

SPRING HILL — The Ottawa High School doubles team of Brianna Pfizenmaier and Kelsey Ferguson qualified for the 4A State Tennis Tournament.

The pair finished sixth Saturday in the 4A regional at Spring Hill.  They were the No. 7 seed in the tourney.

SPRING HILL — The Ottawa High School doubles team of Brianna Pfizenmaier and Kelsey Ferguson qualified for the 4A State Tennis Tournament.

The pair finished sixth Saturday in the 4A regional at Spring Hill.  They were the No. 7 seed in the tourney.

The pair won their first-round match 6-3, 6-4 vs. 10th-seeded Bonner Springs. The Cyclones lost to No. 2 seeded Spring Hill, 6-1, 6-0. They needed to beat De Soto to qualify for state.

They topped the Wildcats in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“They showed great perseverance to come back after losing the first set,” Ottawa coach Eric Sparks said. “Instead of getting down, they came back and had very steady ground strokes and net play to take control of the match. One thing I can always count on with Brianna and Kelsey is getting 100 percent effort.  

“It paid off in this match and now they get the opportunity to go to state. Brianna does a great job communicating on the court and she’s very quick. Kelsey has a consistent game all around and doesn’t make many mistakes.”

Ottawa lost to Bonner Springs 6-3, 6-2 in the fifth place match. They will take a 5-6 record to state, which will be Friday and Saturday in Topeka.

Hannah Hedges was one set away from heading to state in singles. She lost to Baldwin’s Raquel Lopez, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

“Hannah gave it her all and just missed out on getting to state,” Sparks said. “The match against Lopez could have gone either way, as they had very similar styles. I thought Hannah worked hard all year and progressed throughout the season.”

Hedges, the sixth seed, opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over the 11th-seeded Morgan O’Niones of Atchison. She lost to Baldwin’s Elley McDaniels 6-2, 6-3. She finished with a 13-21 mark.

The doubles team of Lauren Davidson and Katie Webber won their first-round match against Sumner Academy, 9-1. They lost to Bonner Springs, 6-2, 6-3, which knocked them out of the tournament.  

“Katie and Lauren played very well in the first match and had chances in the second,” Sparks said. “I was very happy with how they played, especially considering it was only their second meet playing together. They were very unlucky to draw the No. 4 seed so early, but they had opportunities and still made it into a competitive match.”

They had a season record of 2-4.

Ashlyn Rundle started out with a 9-0 win against Harleigh Robertson of Perry-Lecompton.  

“She did a great job taking control in the points and was very consistent throughout,” Sparks said.

She fell to Hayden’s Jamie Cronister 6-0, 6-0, to end her season.

“Ashlyn drew the No. 4 seed in her second match, which was a very tough opponent,” Sparks said.  

She finished with a 10-17 record.

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