Tennis places 5th at Gardner, tough regional awaits
After a competition at Bonner Springs was canceled last week, the De Soto Wildcat tennis team went to Gardner Saturday for a tournament that coach William Farmer called competitive.
Six teams competed in the tournament, and Paige Williams earned first-place overall at the No. 2 singles position. Emily Bilger and Ashley Gorman’s play was the other highlight as they nabbed second-place from No. 2 doubles.
“Overall, I was pretty pleased,” Farmer said. “We took fifth out of everyone there, so I expected us to do a little better, but we definitely did some good things.”
Gabby Becerra and Tessa Scott teamed up for the first time on a doubles team, and while they weren’t able to win, Farmer saw progress.
“They’re still learning together,” he said. “But they were competitive in every match and I think they will continue to get better.”
The real test will come Friday when De Soto hosts the regional tournament. Farmer said health is an issue for his squad as several players are battling cold and flu symptoms.
“On top of people being sick, Suzie Gulley has tendonitis, or tennis elbow in her right arm,” he said. “She’s had a rough senior year.”
Farmer said his team would focus on fundamentals during practice this week.
“I think it’s going to go back to the basics,” he said. “We’re full of really good singles, but don’t have our doubles teams ready. We’re trying to learn a little more things about doubles-style tennis and how to be more aggressive.”
And Farmer said he expected big things out of his team Friday.
“My expectations are to take what we’ve done in practice and do it on the court, put it all together,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have the chance to take some girls to state.”