Independence sets sights high at Class 4A State Tennis

Over the past two decades, the Independence girls’ tennis team has been one of the top programs in the state of Kansas. Since 2001, the Bulldogs have finished in the top three at state 10 times, including five championships.

Now, following a seventh straight regional championship, the Bulldogs are setting their sights high once again as they compete in the Class 4A State Tournament this weekend. Action gets underway Friday with early-round action and will run through Saturday’s final rounds at the Walter Blake Tennis Complex in Pratt.

IHS qualified all six of its individuals for state after taking first place at the regional tournament this past weekend at Forest Park Courts in Parsons. The Bulldogs have now qualified at least one player for the state tournament in 44 consecutive seasons.

Independence recorded 23 points to finish ahead of runner-up Arkansas City with 17. Arkansas City dropped down to 4A this season after capturing the Class 5A state championship a year ago. Winfield took third place in the final regional standings with 11 points, followed by Parsons in fourth with 4. Labette County, Chanute and Iola all tied for fifth place with 1 point each. Coffeyville-Field Kindley, Columbus and Fort Scott did not record a team point.

The top six entries in both the singles and doubles brackets from each regional site advance to the state tournament. Independence and Arkansas City represented two of the five schools in Class 4A to have all six of their entries qualify for state, joining McPherson, Marysville and Wichita Collegiate. That should be beneficial as the Bulldogs shoot for their sixth state title in program history and first since 2014. IHS also claimed state titles in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Independence senior Lyssa Schabel captured the regional championship and will take a 31-4 record into state. Other singles qualifiers from the regional include Independence senior Amanda Trout (27-1), Arkansas City sophomore Jacey Arnett (15-11), Winfield junior Megan Nihart (13-10), Arkansas City senior Josie Hoag (15-15) and Winfield junior Sophie Sarnacki (12-10).

In doubles, Arkansas City’s Kelsie Burr and Chassidy Weathers won the regional title and will head to state with a 31-2 record. Also qualifying were Independence’s Piper Marquez/Kadyn King (23-4), Winfield’s Courtney Priest/Britney Bounvonxay (17-14), Independence’s Qwynn Marquez/Addison Julian (24-9), Parsons’ Xzavea Womack/Kelsey Smith (17-11) and Beth Walker/Madison McChristian (24-13).

Here is the complete list of qualifiers for the Class 4A Girls State Tennis Tournament as announced by the Kansas State High School Activities Association:

4AStateTennis Qualifiers

CLASS 4A PARSONS REGIONAL
GIRLS’ TENNIS TOURNAMENT

TEAM SCORES

1. Independence 23, 2. Arkansas City 17, 3. Winfield 11, 4. Parsons 4, T-5. Labette County/Chanute/Iola 1, T-8. Coffeyville-Field Kindley/Columbus/Fort Scott 0.

SINGLES
FIRST ROUND
Erin Klubek, Iola, def. Sam Vargas, Field Kindley, 9-8 (8-6); Madi Larson, Fort Scott, def. Selena Stich, Chanute, 9-0; Gracen Friess, Parsons, def. Avery Campbell, Columbus, 9-0.
SECOND ROUND
Lyssa Schabel, Independence, def. Natalie Woolfolk, Labette County, 6-0, 6-0; Josie Hoag, Arkansas City, def. Allie Utley, Iola, 6-0, 6-4; Ally Hicks, Parsons, def. Erin Klubek, Iola, 6-0, 6-0; Jacy Arnett, Arkansas City, def. Madi Larson, Fort Scott, 6-1, 6-0; Amanda Trout, Independence, def. Jaden Spainhower, Columbus, 6-0, 6-0; Sophie Sarnacki, Winfield, def. Gracen Friess, Parsons, 6-3, 4-7, 10-8; Sage Collins, Chanute, def. Paige Burleigh, Labette County, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; Meganne Nihart, Winfield, def. Alexis Bailey, Fort Scott, 6-2, 6-0.
QUARTERFINALS
Lyssa Schabel, Independence, def. Josie Hoag, Arkansas City, 6-1, 6-2; Jacy Arnett, Arkansas City, def. Ally Hicks, Parsons, 6-1, 6-0; Amanda Trout, Independence, def. Sophie Sarnacki, Winfield, 6-1, 6-2; Meganne Nihart, Winfield, def. Sage Collins, Chanute, 6-2, 6-1.
SEMIFINALS
Lyssa Schabel, Independence, def. Jacy Arnett, Arkansas City, 6-1, 6-4; Amanda Trout, Independence, def. Meganne Nihart, Winfield, 7-5, 6-4.
FIFTH-PLACE BRACKET
Josie Hoag, Arkansas City, def. Ally Hicks, Parsons, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); Sophie Sarnacki, Winfield, def. Sage Collins, Chanute, 6-1, 6-0.
FINAL ROUND
Championship: Lyssa Schabel, Independence, def. Amanda Trout, Independence, 6-1, 6-0. Third Place: Jacy Arnett, Arkansas City, def. Meganne Nihart, Winfield, 6-4, 6-1. Fifth Place: Josie Hoag, Arkansas City, def. Sophie Sarnacki, Winfield, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

DOUBLES
FIRST ROUND
Britni Addington/Patience Richwine, Fort Scott, def. Gentry Westervelt/Anistyn Schultz, Columbus, 9-0; Madisyn Thompson/Ashlynn Smoot, Chanute, def. Kayla Maulsby/Marissa Vail, Field Kindley, 9-3; Shayla Bogle/Taylor Thompson, Chanute, def. Aubry Case/Ward, Labette County, 9-2.
SECOND ROUND
Kelsie Burr/Chassidy Weathers, Arkansas City, def. Aubry Terry/Shaylee Terry, Fort Scott, 6-0, 6-0; Macayla Bycroft/Gabby Richards, Iola, def. Mackenzie Karr/Mika Karr, Winfield, 4-6, 6-1, 11-9; Courtney Priest/Britney Bounvonxay, Winfield, def. Britni Addington/Patience Richwine, Fort Scott, 6-2, 6-1; Beth Walker/Madison McChristian, Arkansas City, def. Madisyn Thompson/Ashlynn Smoot, Chanute, 6-0, 6-1; Qwynn Marquez/Addison Julian, Independence, def. Jennifer Tidd/Carlie Payne, Iola, 6-0, 6-0; Kelsey Smith/Xzavea Wommack, Parsons, def. Shayla Bogle/Taylor Thompson, Chanute, 6-1, 6-4; Laney Baughman/Lexi Baughman, Labette County, def. Chrisanna DeJesus/Ayanna Correll-Renfro, Parsons, 8-6 (8-6), 6-4; Piper Marquez/Kadyn King, Independence, def. Gray/Gideon, Columbus, 6-0, 6-0.
QUARTERFINALS
Kelsie Burr/Chassidy Weathers, Arkansas City, def. Macayla Bycroft/Gabby Richards, Iola, 6-0, 6-1; Courtney Priest/Britney Bounvonxay, Winfield, def. Beth Walker/Madison McChristian, Arkansas City; Qwynn Marquez/Addison Julian, Independence, def. Kelsey Smith/Xzavea Wommack, Parsons, 6-1, 6-1; Piper Marquez/Kadyn King, Independence, def. Laney Baughman/Lexi Baughman, Labette County, 6-2, 6-1.
SEMIFINALS
Kelsie Burr/Chassidy Weathers, Arkansas City, def. Courtney Priest/Britney Bounvonxay, Winfield, 6-3, 6-0; Piper Marquez/Kadyn King, Independence, def. Qwynn Marquez/Addison Julian, Independence, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
FIFTH-PLACE BRACKET
Madison McChristian/Beth Walker, Arkansas City, def. Macayla Bycroft/Gabby Richards, Iola, 6-1, 6-3; Kelsey Smith/Xzavea Wommack, Parsons, def. Laney Baughman/Lexi Baughman, Labette County, 6-0, 6-2.
FINAL ROUND
Championship: Kelsie Burr/Chassidy Weathers, Arkansas City, def. Piper Marquez/Kadyn King, Independence, 6-3, 6-2. Third Place: Courtney Priest/Britney Bounvonxay, Winfield, def. Qwynn Marquez/Addison Julian, Independence, 6-2, 6-2. Fifth Place: Kelsey Smith/Xzavea Wommack, Parsons, def. Beth Walker/Madison McChristian, Arkansas City.