Three Lady Jays advance to State
The Lady Jay tennis team is sending three girls to the state competition after one singles player – junior Kirsten Wenger – and one doubles team – sophomores Hannah Wertenberger and Kinsey Menold – qualified for the tournament at Regionals held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7.
Head Coach Alicia Deters said she is excited to be sending three girls to the State competition.
Representing Sabetha in the singles bracket were Wenger – seeded number six – and senior Savanna Osthoff – seeded number nine.
In the first round, Osthoff took on Emma Prowell of Maranatha Christian. She lost both matches 2-6 and 0-6. She finished her season with a 6-13 record.
Wenger went up against Marigold Reumund of Perry Lecompton in the first round. She defeated Reumund 6-3 and 6-2. Wenger advanced to round two, where she played Emma Sand of Kansas City Christian. Wenger fell in both matches 0-6.
Wenger dropped down to the consolation bracket where she met up with Lizzie Erikson of Wabaunsee. She defeated Erikson 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, and 7-5 – qualifying her for the State Tournament. She then played Prowell to determine who would take home fifth place. Wenger ended up falling to Prowell after three matches – 6-4, 2-6, and 2-6.
Wenger brought home a sixth-place finish and will advance to the State Tournament with a 17-8 record.
Deters said Wenger earned her State bid.
“Kirsten was on the courts for three hours in the sun and wind to pull off the state win,” she said. “Her perseverance paid off.”
Representing Sabetha in the doubles bracket were junior Brooklyn Bauman and freshman Nicole Stallbaumer – seeded number four; and Menold and Wertenberger – seeded number eight.
Bauman and Stallbaumer played Eikleberry and Huang of Salina Sacred Heart in the first round. They ended up winning both matches – 6-2 and 6-1. The duo then took on Bernhardt and Isaac of Hillsboro. Bauman and Stallbaumer fell to the Hillsboro team 6-3, 4-6, (12-10). The team dropped down to the consolation bracket.
Menold and Wertenberger took on Roberts and Campa of Salina Sacred Heart and beat them 6-3, 4-6, (10-8). The duo met the number one seeded team – Knoflicek and Bartels of Kansas City Christian. They fell in both matches, 1-6 and 0-6. Menold and Wertenberger dropped down to the consolation bracket.
The two Sabetha doubles teams met in the consolation bracket to determine which team would be qualifying for the State Tournament. Menold and Wertenberger defeated Bauman and Stallbaumer 6-0 in both matches, and got their bid to the State Tournament. Bauman and Stallbaumer finished their season with a 4-7 record.
Menold and Wertenberger continued on in the consolation bracket to take on Schoenfeld and Marmon of Maranatha Christian. They lost both matches, 4-6 and 1-6, finishing in sixth place.
The duo will advance to the State Tournament with a 5-7 record.
Deters said despite the duo not playing together much, they came on at the right time.
“Kinsey and Hannah have come on at the end of the season,” Deters said. “They have only played together a few meets but are coming together at the right time!”
The 3-2-1A State Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at Harmon Park in Prairie Village. Matches will begin at 11:30 a.m.
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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.