Carr posts top finish in No. 1 singles

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Seen through the racquet of her opponent, Iola High’s McKinley Ford gets a shot past an opponent from Columbus at the net in a No. 2 doubles match here Thursday. Ford and her partner Nina Froggatte (in background) went 1-2 in action on the Fillies’ home courts.

Iola High’s Fillies played at home Thursday. It wasn’t the advantage they had wanted.
“We had a rough night of tennis. We didn’t anticipate the ball like we should have,” said Jennifer By-croft, Fillies’ head coach.
“Our doubles teams need to do a better job of communicating on the court and switching when they need to.”
Iola senior Amanda Carr topped the No. 1 singles division at her final home event in blue and gold. Carr banked 8-1 decisions over Columbus’ Becca Frobish and Independence’s Brianna Hilger.
Carr also was awarded an 8-0 decision via a default because Parsons did not bring singles players.
“Amanda played a good match against Hilger. She played some good points and did a great job at the net,” Bycroft said.
Independence took first in the quadrangular with Columbus in second place. Iola finished third and Parsons was fourth.
Junior Dannette Newland played in the No. 2 singles spot for Iola. She lost 8-6 to Nikki Spear of Columbus and 8-1 to Lexi Dent of Independence. Newland also earned an 8-0 default decision against Parsons.
Playing in the No. 2 doubles division for the Fillies were juniors Jasmine Bannister and Hallie Wolf. The Iola pair went 0-3.
Bannister and Wolf dropped a tough match 8-7 (7-4) to Columbus’ Shaylee Thomas and Kelsey Hill. Independence’s Sammi Mayes and Aubrey Near rolled up an 8-0 victory against Iola.
Wolf and Bannister lost 8-1 to Parsons’ Paizlee Davis and Malina Kipp.
Iola’s No. 2 doubles team of juniors McKinley Ford and Nina Froggatte went 1-2. They opened with an 8-6 victory over Marissa Shaurette and Ryleigh Schoech of Columbus.
Ford and Froggatte lost 8-2 to Independence’s Lexy Mangan and Molly Mangan. They dropped an 8-6 decision to Parsons’ Jennifer Nickelson and Jessica Nickelson.
“Backhands are something we need to improve on as a team,” Bycroft said.
The Fillies travel to Independence next Thursday.