Iola tennis team takes third

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Dannette Newland, here at a home match this season, went 2-2 playing in No. 2 singles Thursday at Pittsburg and earned a third-place medal.

PITTSBURG — Amanda Carr and Dannette Newland set the pace for Iola High’s Fillies on the tennis courts at Pittsburg Thursday.
Carr and Newland earned third-place medals in No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. They both went 2-2 in matches.
Their play boosted the Fillies to third place as a team. Iola’s doubles teams each netted one victory in their four division matches.
“Once again, Amanda had the longest matches of the night with very long rallies. She played good tennis,” said Jennifer Bycroft, IHS girls’ tennis coach.
“I was proud of Dannette. She played better and moved quicker on the court. Her forehands improved throughout the night.”
Playing in the No. 1 singles, Carr dropped an 8-6 decision to Chapril Stewart of Pittsburg. She bounced back to win 8-0 over Becca Frobish of Columbus then lost 8-0 to Katie Anderson of Labette County.
Carr outlasted Kalia Dancy of Fort Scott for an 8-6 win.
In the No. 2 singles competition, Newland had the same pattern as her teammate. She lost to Ashton Born of Pittsburg 8-1 but rebounded to win 8-4 over Nikki Spear of Columbus.
Amberly Richins of Labette County beat Newland 8-0 then Newland finished up with an 8-2 win over Hannah Messer of Fort Scott.
Jasmine Bannister and Hallie Wolf played close matches throughout the night in No. 1 doubles. After losing three matches, the Iola duo used a tiebreaker to beat Lakyn Baughman and Lora Nance of Labette County 8-7 (8-6).
Bannister and Wolf lost 8-5 to Shelby Trimble and Reagan Gilmore of Pittsburg, 8-6 to Kelsey Hill and Shaylee Thomas of Columbus and 8-5 to Taylor Bailey and Michelle Buntain of Fort Scott.
“Jasmine and Hallie are working well together on the court and I’ve seen improvements in their performance,” Bycroft said. “Their win was huge for us. I was happy to seem them win that last match.”
McKinley Ford and Nina Froggatte played No. 2 doubles for Iola. They were 1-3.
“The Iola-Columbus match was a good win for McKinley and Nina,” Bycroft said. “We’ve played this team before and we really needed this win.”
Ford and Froggatte defeated Marissa Shurette and Ryleigh Schoech of Columbus 8-6. They lost 8-3 to Sammi Highfield and Anna Frasko of Pittsburg, 8-2 to both Labette County’s Kelsey Eckelberry and Paige Wells and Fort Scott’s Ashlynn Baugher and Crina Harrison.
On Monday the Iola junior varsity plays at Parsons then goes to Neodesha on Tuesday.
Iola’s varsity plays next Thursday at Coffeyville.