Fillies’ tennis team has rough road trip

Register Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE — On the road, Iola High’s Fillies had a bumpy go of it Thursday in the Independence High quadrangular tennis meet.
The Fillies won two matches for the day.
“We had some challenge matches Wednesday so I decided to change the lineup around a bit,” said Jennifer Bycroft, Iola tennis coach.
Amanda Carr, who wasn’t feeling 100 percent, played as Iola’s No. 1 singles player. She came up with an 8-2 win over Czarina Ramos of Chanute. Carr lost 8-1 to Brianna Hilger of Independence, 8-5 to Kalia Dancy of Fort Scott and 8-1 to Chapril Stewart of Pittsburg.
“Amanda played hard despite not feeling well. She played a lot of long points but couldn’t pull it off tonight,” Bycroft said.
Jasmine Bannister played in the No. 2 singles spot for the Fillies. She lost 8-0 to Talor Smith of Independence, 8-5 to Heather Hobbs of Fort Scott, 8-4 to Madison Wendt of Chanute and 8-2 to Ashley Born of Pittsburg.
Teamed up for the first time in No. 1 doubles were McKinley Ford and Hallie Wolf. After losing the first three matches, the duo defeated Shelby Trimble and Robyn Brummitt of Pittsburg 8-4.
Ford and Wolf lost 8-0 to Ashlee Carr and Bayley Conner of Independence, 8-3 to Taylor Bailey and Michelle Buntain of Fort Scott and 8-5 to Jade Gardner and Jessica Tucker of Chanute.
Nina Froggatte and Dannette Newland also were new partners in the No. 2 doubles slot. They lost their four matches — 8-0 to Sammi Mayes and Aubrey Near of Independence, 8-4 to Ashlyn Baugher and Hannah Messer of Fort Scott, 8-2 to Melissa Churning and Jeana Lawrence of Chanute and 8-1 to Sammi Highfield and Anna Frasco of Pittsburg.
“We have to communicate better on the court and cover the court quicker and better,” Bycroft said.