WINFIELD — Each top-seeded singles competitor Gracen Friess in addition to doubles pair Jaidyn Shultz and Lauren Farris suffered gut-wrenching tiebreaker losses of their first suits on the 4A state tennis event in Winfield over the weekend. 

Friess, who went into the event because the SEK League and regional champion, completed in 11th position to earn a medal after a 3-Three appearing. Shultz and Farris went 1-2 and fell one win in need of a medal.

“After that first fit for each groups to head down in a perfect tiebreaker, I believed to myself I by no means sought after to do this once more,” Parsons head trainer Jane Posch mentioned. “I’d’ve liked to have performed out the 3rd set on either one of the ones suits.” 

For Friess, her opening loss got here to Shiann Olberding of Abilene in a marathon fit that ended 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 11-9. The primary set went to a tiebreaker as did the fit.

“She performed an implausible first set,” Posch mentioned. “She needed to win that during a tiebreaker. When she were given into the second one set, she were given defensive and cautious. That’s no longer her taste. She used to be attempting to not lose, and you’ll be able to’t do this.” 

Friess, relegated to the bottom of the bracket, gained her subsequent two suits over Jenna Eytcheson of Independence 9-Four and Lauren Myers of Bishop Miege 9-2.

Parsons’ first singles area champion since 2010 then fell to Brittany Teufel of Buhler 9-1 then Marisol Blair of Hayden 9-7. However Friess’ shuttle to Winfield ended with a win over Mariel Allen of Bishop Miege within the 11th position fit. 

“She gained SEK palms down and regionals palms down,” Posch mentioned. “When she were given to state, she used to be probably the most 12 that used to be left on the second one day. That’s an enormous accomplishment to get a medal.” 

As for Farris and Shultz, their keep at state began with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-Three tiebreaker loss to Martin/Unruh of Hesston.

The 2 led 5-Four in the second one set at one level, which left the Vikings’ doubles workforce one sport win clear of advancing to the second one spherical at the winner’s aspect.

“That used to be difficult loss. We didn’t know the way to deal with probably the most drive there,” Posch mentioned. “We were given a bit of beaten. They weren’t fairly positive about what to do. They realized so much about themselves regardless that on the state event. They realized they may be able to compete with any one.” 

The 2 Parsons competition’ sole win at state got here of their subsequent fit with a 9-6 victory over Valdiva/Simons of Hayden. Farris and Shultz then fell in but some other tiebreaker to Lillard/Beswick of Abilene 9-8 (7-5). 

“We spent a large number of this yr operating on their basics,” Posch mentioned. “We didn’t paintings sufficient on technique. That’s what we’ve set to work on for the ones ladies. We wish to upload some extra doubles feels for them. They’re no longer an competitive workforce, they usually wish to discover ways to do this.” 

Wellington’s Rusk/Aufdengarten doubles workforce gained the state identify, whilst Emma Mantovani of Collegiate gained the singles state identify. Collegiate additionally gained the workforce state identify with 55 issues, whilst Buhler took 2d position and Hayden took 3rd.

Friess, a junior, will go back subsequent fall with a watch against repeating as league and regional champion in addition to upper end at state.

“She’s already an outstanding athlete,” Posch mentioned. “Now she’s set to work on her methodology. We’ve set to work on her backhand. And we’d like her to get extra fit difficult. We’ve were given a harder agenda subsequent yr. We need to play harder pageant sooner than we head into state subsequent yr so it’s no longer as intimidating to play on the state event.” 

Farris and Shultz, sophomores, will even go back in conjunction with the remainder of the Parsons ladies tennis workforce in 2020 with the objective of bettering their striking subsequent fall.

“We’re going to pick out up some new youngsters from the center faculty which is able to assist us out with intensity,” Posch mentioned. “The youngsters that performed for us this yr advanced one thousand p.c. So they’d a sexy excellent season. I’m having a look ahead to seeing what they carry for us subsequent yr.” 



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