Wellington girls win Pratt Invitational, host second home meet today

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls tennis team traveled to Pratt this weekend for a 10-team invitational. The Crusaders will have a make-up tournament at home today starting at 3 p.m.

In No. 1 singles Ashlyn Gerten lost her opening match over a state qualifier from last year from Larned 8-6.  She won her second match 8-0 over Chaparral.  Then she ran into Kingman who finished fourth at 3-2-1A state last year and lost 8-2. She then went on to beat a state qualifier from Greeley County 8-4, and another state qualifier from Kiowa County 8-2.

“She played very well, losing several deuce games,” Aufdengarten said. “Gerten finished 4th overall which I was very pleased with.”

In No. 2 singles, Kami Reichenberger was Wellington’s top medalist going 5-0 on the day and winning the championship.  She started in pool play beating Lyons 8-3, and Greeley County 8-1.  She then played Pratt in a cross bracket match and won 8-0.  In the championship pool, she beat Lyons again 8-1, then beat a state qualifier from Larned 8-4.  This is Reichenberger’s second straight tournament to medal in.

The No. 1 doubles team of Jensen Lynnes and Lyric Cornejo was a case of Welliington mixing it’s lineup up a bit from the first two meets.  Lynnes and Cornejo beat Lyons 8-2 and Greeley County 8-0 to start off.  In cross bracket play the pair beat a team from Ashland 8-0.

In the championship pool they ran into a Sterling team that had a third-place and eighth-place finisher at state last season and fell behind 0-5 to start and ended up losing 8-3.  The Wellington pair beat Larned 8-1 in the final match to finish 4-1 on the day for second place.

In No. 2 doubles was Olivia Brand and Crystal Ramirez who had a very good day also going 4-1.  They opened up pool play beating Larned 8-4 and Chaparral 8-2.  In cross bracket play they beat Pratt 8-1.  Much like the No. 1 doubles team Brand and Ramirez met a tough Sterling team who both went to state last season and lost 8-2.  They beat Ashland 8-6 to secure second place on the day.

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