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Ellinwood wins second straight MCAA meet
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Hoisington No. 1 singles player Deiah Curtis serves the ball on Thursday at the Mid-Central Activities Association meet in Ellinwood. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood High School girls’ tennis team won the Mid-Central Activities Association meet for the second year running on Thursday.
The meet, which was originally scheduled to be hosted by Larned, was moved because of facility concerns, and to give the Lady Eagles seniors a second home meet this season, according to Larned head coach Mark Lessard.
Of the six girls on Ellinwood’s varsity team, five are seniors.
“It’s going to be difficult to have kids to take their place next year,” Ellinwood head coach Lyle Stickney said. “We have some really fine freshmen coming up and we have a couple of kids that are in middle school that are nice players, too.”
Ellinwood finished the day with 17 points to beat Larned, which scored 10 points and Hoisington, which finished with none.
“We’re doing a bang-up job today,” Stickney said. “We dropped a match earlier that we were ahead in. You know, that happens from time to time, but overall, we’re playing some good tennis.
“The weather conditions have been bad here. We had wind gusts at 30 mph earlier (in the meet), but overall, we’re playing well.”
The match in question was a battle between No. 5 singles player from Larned Braeden Bert and Ellinwood’s Gentry McLeland.
McLeland was up 6-1 before Bert came back to tie it at 6-6. McLeland won the next game, but Bert was able to tie the match again to force a tiebreaker, which she won 7-4.
“We’re doing well,” Lessard said. “It’s a new format this year. My doubles players aren’t used to playing singles, and my singles players are used to doubles, so it’s a learning experience.
“(Bert) normally plays doubles and that was a good win for her.”
Hoisington, which is in a rebuilding year after graduating its No. 1 doubles team and having its No. 1 singles player transfer, has had sophomore Deiah Curtis, who is playing for her first year, standout this season.
“We’re competing as best we can,” Hoisington head coach Kerry Mooney said. “Curtis, this is the third time she’s played singles this year, and she’s a first year player. She’s been playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles all season. Mostly, she’s been playing No. 1 doubles.”

Mid-Central Activities Association
Girls’ Tennis Meet
At Ellinwood
Team standings

1. Ellinwood, 17; 2. Larned, 10 ; 3. Hoisington, 0.
Individual results
No. 1 singles —
Jessi Johnson, Larned, def. Deiah Curtis, Hoisington, 8-2; Bailey Schartz, Ellinwood, def. Johnson, Larned, 8-6; Schartz, Ellinwood, def. Curtis, Hoisington, 8-3
No. 2 singles — Oma Thomas, Ellinwood, def. Shannon Lacey, Hoisington, 8-0; Thomas, Ellinwood, def. Bailey Schartz, Larned, -5; Schartz, Larned, def. Lacey, Hoisington, 8-0
No. 3 singles — Darri Beckwith, Ellinwood, def. Kaitlyn Rodie, Hoisington, 8-1; Alex Lessard, Larned, def. Rodie, Hoisington, 8-1; Beckwith, Ellinwood, def. Lessard, Larned, 8-0
No. 4 singles — Danette Unruh, Larned, def. Katy Barrett, Hoisington, 8-0; Rachel Morales, Ellinwood, def. Unruh, Larned, 8-5; Morales, Ellinwood, def. Reisner, Hoisington, 8-1.
No. 5 singles — Braeden Bert, Larned, def. Gentry McLeland, Ellinwood, 8-7(7-4); McLeland, Ellinwood, def. Kayla Reisner, Hoisington, 8-0; Bert, Larned, def. Reisner, Hoisington, 8-1
No. 6 singles — Kaitlyn Robl, Ellinwood, def. Corrine Quick, Larned, 8-7(7-3); Robl, Ellinwood, def. Cowan, Hoisington, 8-0; Quick, Larned, def. Cowan, Hoisington, 8-2
No. 1 doubles — Schartz & Beckwith, Ellinwood, def. Lacey & Curtis, Hoisington, 8-0; Schartz & Beckwith, Ellinwood, def. Schartz & Unruh, Larned, 8-6; Schartz & Unruh, Larned, def. Lacey & Curtis, Hoisington, 8-3
No. 2 doubles — McLeland & Robl, Ellinwood, def. Cowan & Keisner, Hoisington, 8-0; McLeland & Robl, Ellinwood, def. Bert & Quick, Larned, 8-7(7-4); Bert & Quick, Larned, def. Cown & Keisner, Hoisington, 8-0
No. 3 double — Johnson & Lessard, Larned, def. Rodie & Barrett, Hoisington, 8-0; Morales & Thomas, Ellinwood, def. Rodie & Barrett, Hoisington, 8-0; Morales & Thomas, Ellinwood, def. Johnson & Lessard, Larned, 8-2