McPHERSON— Senior Macy Moyers reached the championship round against McPherson’s Ellea Ediger and battled down to the wire as Ediger won a 7-4 tiebreaker and the singles crown at Thursday’s McPherson Invitational.
Moyers made quick work in No. 1 singles defeating Elyria Christian Academy’s MaKenzie Archer in an 8-0 shutout decision. That set up a match with Eisenhower’s Taylor Daugherty. Moyers claimed an 8-2 victory in that match which moved her to the semifinal round against Rachel Ivers of McPherson. Moyers defeated Ivers, 8-3 advancing the Panther senior to the championship showdown against Ediger. Ediger went up by an 8-7 match score creating the tiebreaker and the eventual championship win for McPherson.
In No. 2 singles, Addi Westhoff dropped her opening round against Mylingh Truang of Eisenhower by an 8-3 decision. Westhoff then downed Makayla Young of Wichita West, 8-2 before dropping her final set to Katrina Mason of Derby, 8-1.
In doubles competition, Taylor Huslig and Carly Boyd represented Great Bend in the first flight. The pair fell in their opening match to Carley Williams and Madeline Watson of Eisenhower by a score 8-2. Huslig and Boyd then defeated Haley Folks and Natasha Edmonds of Douglass, 8-2, before suffering an 8-3 setback to Shelby Gudenkauf and Heidi Myers of McPherson.
In No. 2 doubles Rebecca Dawson and Rachel Carpenter fell 8-0 to Derby’s Kaylee Opskar and Rileigh Malhoney. The two regrouped and defeated Wichita West’s Emily Baird and Amber Cooper by an 8-4 score.
That win would create a showdown between Great Bend’s two doubles teams as Dawson and Carpenter edged their teammates, Huslig and Boyd, by an 8-6 margin.
“I was very proud of how the team competed,” said coach Dustin Wheeler. “With every match we're gaining more and more confidence and to succeed you have to believe in yourself and your abilities.”
As a team the Panthers placed sixth out of nine teams. Host team McPherson won the chapmionship while Derby finished as runnerup.
“All we talk about in practice is commitment and doing your absolute best, holding nothing back,” Wheeler said. “I believe the girls are starting to retain that message and I’m excited for the rest of the season.”
Great Bend will host a round robbin on Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 3 p.m.