Sep 27, 2022

Wahlmeier helps Lady Panthers to fifth-place finish at Garden

Posted Sep 27, 2022 1:53 AM
Samantha Mayers teamed up with Taylor Lashley for an 11th-place finish at doubles.
Samantha Mayers teamed up with Taylor Lashley for an 11th-place finish at doubles.

Ten schools made up a large field for the Garden City tennis invitational Saturday. Kaylin Wahlmeier paced Great Bend with a fourth-place finish in the singles bracket. The Lady Panthers scored 58 points for fifth in the team standings. Garden City and Dodge City finished first and second, respectively, with 89 and 84 points.

Wahlmeier advanced to the semifinals with an 8-3 win against Hays and an 8-3 win against Garden City's No. 2 player. After an 8-3 loss to Dodge City's runner-up, Wahlmeier dropped an 8-2 match to Scott City in the consolation finals.

Lakyn Smith also played in the singles bracket, advancing to the quarters with an 8-5 win over Colby. She dropped an 8-0 match to the eventual runner-up from Dodge City. After an 8-1 loss to Garden City's No. 2 player, Smith defeated Liberal by injury default to claim seventh place.

Samantha Mayers and Taylor Lashley dropped their first doubles match to Colby 8-2. The girls bounced back with an 8-6 win against Garden City but fell 8-4 to the other Lady Buffalo team. Mayers and Lashley defeated a third Garden City team 8-6 in the 11th-place match.

Clarise Snapp and Mackenzie LaViolette finished 15th in the doubles bracket. After an 8-2 loss to the eventual third-place finishers from Colby, the GB pair fell 8-6 to the 10th-place team from Liberal. The girls lost to Meade 8-5 before defeating Dodge City Ulysses 8-7 (6) in a close tie-break set for 15th.