Carr captures tennis medal

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High senior Amanda Carr returns a high shot during a home match earlier this season. Carr claimed third in No. 1 singles at Thursday’s Coffeyville Invitational.

COFFEYVILLE — Amanda Carr, Iola High senior, placed third in the No. 1 singles division of the Coffeyville Field Kindley High Invitational tennis tournament Thursday.
Carr began the afternoon with an 8-1 win over Becca Frobish of Columbus. She lost in a tiebreak situation 8-7 (7-2) to Ashton Born of Pittsburg.
Czarina Ramos of Chanute defeated Car 8-5 in the next round. Carr bounced back for an 8-0 decision over Coffeyville’s Boya Abudu to earn the third-place medal.
“I was so proud of Amanda as she had one match in particular where a few points were questioned and should have gone her way but they didn’t. Despite that, Amanda showed maturity, good sportsmanship and never gave up on a ball the whole night,” said Jennifer Bycroft, Iola High girls’ tennis coach.
“Amanda had mental toughness and showed integrity in her matches by making the good and right calls that she needed to make.”
Inexperience at the varsity level played a role for the rest Fillies, according to Bycroft.
Junior Dannette Newland was 0-4 in the No. 2 singles division for Iola. She lost 8-3 to Nikki Spear of Columbus, 8-1 to Chapril Stewart of Pittsburg, 8-0 to Carlyn Ward of Chanute and 8-1 to Jordan Hayes of Coffeyville.
Juniors Autumn Snesrud and Hallie Wolf combined for the Fillies’ No. 1 doubles team. They lost all four matches.
Snesrud and Wolf dropped an 8-2 decision to Hill and Thomas of Columbus and had 8-1 losses to Pittsburg’s Trimble and Gilmore and Chanute’s Gardner and Tucker. They lost 8-3 to Barrett and Schockey of Coffeyville.
In No. 2 doubles, Iola’s McKinley Ford and Nina Froggatte, both juniors, went 0-4. They lost 8-6 to Schoech and Shaurette of Columbus, 8-1 to Pittsburg’s Highfield and Frasko, 8-1 to Chanute’s Churning and Lawrence and 8-0 to Coffeyville’s Holeman and Honas.
“Autumn has never played tennis before and hasn’t even had a junior varsity match yet because of a rain-out,” Bycroft said. “So she was new on the court because of Jasmine Bannister’s absence.”
Bannister was gone because of her participation in the community play “Godspell Junior.”
“Autumn had some good serves and really hustled after the ball,” Bycroft said. “McKinley and Nina are struggling with some past injuries so that has been unfortunate for them.”
Iola has junior varsity tennis meets at Parsons Monday and again on Tuesday for the Labette County High rescheduled meet from Sept. 8.
The Fillies’ varsity travels to Pittsburg next Thursday.