Fillies open tennis season

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

CHANUTE — Things went much as expected in the 2009 tennis season opener for Iola High’s Fillies. Iola picked up a win in each division and was fourth at the Chanute High tennis meet Thursday.
“The first meet of the season is usually an experimental one. I put people in divisions and see who has the ability to play singles or doubles,” said Jennifer Bycroft, Fillies’ head coach.
“We had challenge matches all week. With just one returning player with varsity experience, our girls did a decent job at Chanute.”
Senior Amanda Carr went 2-2 as Iola’s No. 1 singles player. She beat Briana Goodman of Neodesha 8-2 and Columbus’ Becca Forbish 8-1. Carr lost 8-5 to Katie Anderson of Labette County and 8-3 to Czarine Ramos of Chanute.
Junior Dannette Newland played in the No. 2 singles division for the Fillies. Shewas 1-3 with an 8-4 win over Columbus’ Nikki Spear. She lost 8-0 to Amberly Richins of Labette County, 8-2 to J.J. Schoonover of Neodesha and 8-4 to Shelby Crain of Chanute.
In the No. 1 doubles competition, juniors Jasmine Bannister and Hallie Wolf played four “tough” matches. They lost 8-6 to Labette County’s Lakyn Boughman and Lora Nance and to Neodesha’s Mary Welch and Annabelle Howard.
Chanute’s Carlyn Ward and Madison Wendt defeated Bannister and Wolf 8-4. The Iola pair bounced back to win 8-5 over Columbus’ Shaylee Thomas and Kelsey Hill.
Also going 1-3 was Iola’s No. 2 doubles team of juniors McKinley Ford and Nina Froggatte. They lost 8-3 to Kelsey Eckelberry and Paige Wells of Labette County then dropped an 8-6 decision to Alyssa Schurle and Jacie Newland of Neodesha.
Chanute’s Melissa Churning and Jade Gardner defeated Ford and Froggatte 8-0. Ford and Frogatte finished the night with an 8-6 win over Columbus’ Ryleigh Schoech and Marissa Schaurette.
“We found out what we need to work on such as roaming the net more for our doubles’ teams,” Bycroft said.
Iola hosts Parsons, Independence and Columbus next Thursday.