Lady Jays bring home bling from Washburn Rural

Sabetha’s number one doubles team of senior Kate Beyer and sophomore Audrey Tramp discuss strategy before a match during the Washburn Rural Invitational on Wednesday, September 28, in Topeka.

 

Senior GracieAnn Glaspie returns a serve in one of her matches during the Washburn Rural Invitational on Wednesday, September 28, in Topeka.

Sabetha’s Lady Jays competed in their final regular season competition last week when they made another trip down U.S. Highway 75 for a tournament at Washburn Rural on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

“It was a great day for tennis,” said Head Coach Alicia Deters. “The weather was perfect and the girls were able to bring home some hardware.”

In addition to Sabetha and Washburn Rural, they met athletes from Shawnee Heights, NEK, Cornerstone, Manhattan, Seaman and Junction City in a tournament bracket format.

Senior Sam Arnold helmed the number one singles spot for the Jays and she opened with a dual with a Manhattan opponent. S. Arnold won the opening match, 8-5, and advanced to the semi-finals. She won her second match, 8-1, against an NEK adversary, which earned her a ticket to the championship round where she faced a Washburn Rural athlete. It was a tough battle by S. Arnold, but she would fall in her last round, 4-8, to give her second place.

Senior GracieAnn Glaspie led the role of number two singles for Sabetha and easily won her opening round over a Junction City opponent, 8-1, to advance to the semi-finals. Glaspie fell, 1-8, to Cornerstone player in the second round and they bumped her to the consolation bracket to play for third place. It was a close contest, but Glaspie would fall, 6-8, against a Manhattan athlete to give her fourth place overall in the division.

Freshman Emily Arnold captained the number three singles position for her team and she opened her first two contests with wins against the NEK and Cornerstone rivals, 8-0 and 8-4, respectively. E. Arnold faced a Washburn Rural challenger in the finals, but dropped a loss in her final match, 2-8, to earn a second-place finish in the division.

Sabetha had two teams represented in number one doubles action and both teams had positive outings for the tournament. Senior Kate Beyer and sophomore Audrey Tramp teamed up once again, and this duo won their opening match against a Manhattan pair, 8-4. The two then advanced to the semi-final round, but struggled to gain the upper-hand and fell to a Washburn Rural team, 2-8, to force them to the consolation bracket. They overshadowed their Junction City opponent to pick the win, 8-2, and garner a third-place finish.

Sophomores McKenna Gatz and Karsyn Meyer have been a force on the court and they combined once again to play in number one doubles. The tandem won their opener over Washburn Rural, 8-4, and then they took down their Junction City foe in the semi-finals, 8-4. They faced another Washburn Rural challenger in the finals and would edge them out, 3-8, in the match and finish in second place in the division.

The Lady Jays turn there sights on a potential ticket to the State tournament as they will travel to Marysville for Regionals on Friday, Oct. 7.

Washburn Rural Inv. Varsity 9.28.22

# 1 SINGLES

#1 DOUBLES

#2 SINGLES

#3 SINGLES

S. Arnold

Beyer              Tramp

Gatz               Meyer

Glaspie

E. Arnold

Washburn Rural

4-8

L

2-8

L

8-4

W

2-8

L

3-8

L

NEK

8-5

W

8-0

W

Cornerstone

1-8

L

8-4

W

Junction City

8-2

W

8-4

W

8-1

W

Manhattan

8-5

W

8-4

W

6-8

L

Wins

2

2

2

1

2

Losses

1

1

1

2

1

Pete Schuetz240 Posts

Pete Schuetz is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where he has been on staff since 2022. Pete is a retired teacher from the USD 113 Prairie Hills School district. He lives in Sabetha with his wife and one of his two sons.

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