ANDOVER, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) – Kapaun Mt. Carmel tennis standout Clara Whitaker was one in every of many to take the courtroom within the first sanctioned occasion because the pandemic pressured cancellations of all sports activities final March. She went undefeated on the day, setting the tone for the remainder of her season. Saturday, that every one culminated in an unbeaten season and a fourth consecutive state championship in Class 5A singles, the primary championships held because the finish of February..
Whitaker turns into simply the fourth in ladies state tennis historical past within the state of Kansas to perform the feat, and solely the second in 5A or above, becoming a member of KMC alum Megan Russell who completed the feat from 1993-96.
The Crusader senior didn’t drop a set for all the event, falling in simply 5 video games throughout her 4 rounds of play. She received the championship spherical 6-1, 6-2 over teammate Reagan Boleski, the second straight yr she topped Boleski within the last.
Bishop Carroll senior Paige Stranghoner completed third, beating freshman teammate Brynn Steven for a second consecutive third place medal.
Becoming a member of forces mid-season, Andover’s Sinclair sisters take doubles title
Andover’s Emma and Sarah Sinclair grew up taking part in tennis collectively, however by no means as companions; senior Emma performed doubles and junior Sarah singles, however in the course of the season the 2 sisters joined forces. Saturday that proved to be a successful transfer, the Sinclair sisters taking dwelling their first state tennis championship on their dwelling courtroom.
Dealing with Bishop Carroll’s Hope and Heidi Lubbers, it was an sisterly last that went the best way of Andover. The Sinclair’s took the primary set 6-2 in a dominant begin. However the second was extra forwards and backwards. Main 5-4, the potential match-winning recreation turned bitter for the Andover duo, with the Lubbers twins combating again from 4 match factors and at last successful the deuce to tie the match and 5, extending it by a minimum of two video games.
However these two went the best way of the Sinclair sisters, ending out the match for a 6-2, 7-5 win for a 17-1 total file as a pairing.
Salina South’s Iliana Armbrust & Alexxa Nunemaker topped Grace Unruh and Lauren Sweeney of Topeka-Seaman in straight units, 6-3, 6-2 for the third place medal.
Bishop Carroll took dwelling the general crew championship, their second title within the final three years. The runner-up end and doubles and third and fourth place end in singles have been sufficient for twenty-four factors, beating Kapaun by a two factors margin. Andover completed third.
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