BY JIM MISUNAS
WICHITA — Central Plains Oilers Brynna Hammeke/Kyla Metro were a tiebreaker away from playing for a 3-1A state doubles tennis championship. Salina Sacred Heart's No. 3 seeded Isabella Matteucci/Katherine Weiss outlasted the No. 2 seeded Oilers 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) after losing the first set Saturday.
Hammeke/Metro (26-5) finished off a spectacular season with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 third-place victory Saturday over Ellsworth's Jaycee Cunningham/Stephanie Soukup. Hammeke/Metro defeated Smoky Valley's Karik Elliott/Lena Rauchholz, 2-6, 6-4 (10-7) in a tiebreaker after splitting two matches during the season. Hammeke/Metro defeated Cimarron's Elizabeth Goetz/Emily Goetz, 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round.
No. 1 seeded Juliet Bartels/Emma Sand of KC Christian downed Matteucci/Weiss 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the doubles championship match.
Larned's Audrey Manry (29-4) finished off a solid season with an eighth-place finish after losing 9-5 to Shawnee Maranatha's Olivia Favero. Manry finished 2-3, beating Smoky Valley's Logan Spencer 6-2, 6-2 and Colby's Mackenzie Dodson, 9-2. She lost 9-2 to Kingman's Hannah Pierce and 6-3, 6-7 (8-6), (10-4) to Phillipsburg's Jacie Roth in a hard-fought quarterfinal match.
Salina Sacred Heart's Lily Perrin downed Kansas City Christian's Kiera Knoflicek 6-3, 6-2 in the singles championship.
Kansas City Christian (22) tied Salina Sacred Heart (22) for the 3-1A team title. Central Plains (8) tied Victoria (8) for fourth place.
3-1A STATE TENNIS
TEAM SCORES—1 (tie)—KC Christian 22, Salina Sacred Heart; 3—Ellsworth 10; 4—Central Plains 8, Victoria 8; 6—Conway Springs 6, Phillipsburg 6; 8—Smoky Valley 5; 9—Kingman 4; 10—Scott City 3, Shawnee Maranatha 3; 12—Larned 1
1—Lily Perrin, Salina Sacred Heart (35-1) def. Keira Knoflicek, KC Christian, 6-3, 6-2
3—Brooklynn Kuhn, Victoria def. Jacie Roth, Phillipsburg, 6-2, 6-2
5—Loren May, Conway Springs def. Hannah Pearce, Kingman, 9-4
7—Olivia Favero, Shawnee Maranatha def. Audrey Manry, Larned, 9-5
SEMIFINALS—Perrin, Salina Sacred Heart def. Roth, Phillipsburg, 6-0, 6-0; Knoflicek, KC Christian def. Kuhn, Victoria, 6-1, 6-1
SECOND ROUND—Perrin, Sacred Heart def. Pearce, Kingman, 6-1, 6-1; Jacie Roth, Phillipsburg def. Audrey Manry, Larned, 6-3, 6-7 (8-6) (10-4); Kuhn, Victoria def. Olivia Favero, Shawnee Maranatha, 6-0, 6-2; Knoflicek, KC Christian def. May, Conway Springs, 6-4, 6-4
FIRST ROUND—Perrin, Sacred Heart def. Laia Mur Cases, Scott City, 6-0, 6-0; Pearce, Kingman def. Shea Kramer, Marysville, 6-2, 3-6, (11-9); Manry, Larned def. Logan Spencer, Smoky Valley, 6-2, 6-2; Roth, Phillipsburg def. Kiarra Farha, Wichita Independent, 6-0, 6-0; Kuhn, Victoria def. Molly Bender, Conway Springs, 6-0, 6-2; Favero, Maranatha def. Mackenzie Dodson, Colby, 6-4, 6-4; May, Conway Springs def. Caroline Brungardt, Trego, 6-0, 6-2; Knoflicek, KC Christian def. Hayden Bellamy, Colby, 6-2, 6-0
CONSOLATION—Manry, Larned def. Dodson, Colby, 9-2; Pearce, Kingman def. Manry, Larned, 9-2
1—Juliet Bartels/Emma Sand, KC Christian def. Isabella Matteucci/Katherine Weiss, Sacred Heart, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3—Brynna Hammeke/Kyla Metro, Central Plains def. Jaycee Cunningham/Stephanie Soukup, Ellsworth, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5—Karik Elliott/Lena Rauchholz, Smoky Valley def. Nicole Haase/Maggie Windholz, Ellsworth, 9-7
7—Isabella Guittierez-Myers/Sadie Hermosillo, Scott City def. Lucy Boyles/Haylee Osner, Conway Springs, 9-8 (12-10)
SEMIFINALS—1—Juliet Bartels/Emma Sand, KC Christian def. Jaycee Cunningham/Stephanie Soukup, Ellsworth, 6-1, 6-1; Isabella Matteucci/Katherine Weiss, Sacred Heart def. Brynna Hammeke/Kyla Metro, Central Plains, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
QUARTERFINALS—Bartels/Sand, KC Christian def. Haase/Windholz, Ellsworth, 6-3, 6-0; Cunningham/Soukup, Ellsworth def. Boyles/Osner, Conway Springs, 6-3, 6-0; Hammeke/Metro, Central Plains def. Elliott/Rauchholz, Smoky Valley, 2-6, 6-4 (10-7); Matteucci/Weiss, Sacred Heart def. Jackie Amaya/Victoria Milburn, Ashland, 6-4, 6-2
FIRST ROUND—Bartels/Sand, KC Christian def. Ella Bird/Kiley Jargo, Wichita Classical, 6-0, 6-0; Haase/Windholz, Ellsworth def. Guittierez-Myers/Hermosillo, Scott City, 7-5, 6-3; Boyles/Osner, Conway Springs def Callie Bernhardt/Callie Plenert, Hillsboro, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (10-5); Cunningham/Soukup, Ellsworth def. Rhiley Stoppel/Madison Westergard, Scott City, 6-0, 6-4; Hammeke/Metro, Central Plains def. Elizabeth Goetz/Emily Goetz, Cimarron, 6-0, 6-2; Elliott/Rauchholz, Smoky Valley def. Hayley Hughes/Ashlyn Neufeld, Hutchinson Trinity, 6-1, 6-3; Amaya/Milburn, Ashland def. Jennah Jeffrey/Lauren Oeser, Central Plains, 6-3, 6-2; Matteucci/Weiss, Sacred Heart def. Shelby Green/Ali Jargo, Wichita Classical, 6-1, 6-1
CONSOLATION—Green/Jargo, Wichita Cassical def. Jeffrey-Oeser, Central Plans, 9-8 (7-5)