East High's girls tennis team has finished 5-2 the past three seasons in City League play, placing third all three years.
But coming off last week's 5-4 victory over Bishop Carroll, the Blue Aces are 5-0 heading into today's match against Kapaun Mount Carmel at Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center.
Both schools are 5-0 and atop the league standings.
"It was a big one for us," coach Laurel Scott said. "It was a big thing for our team, and our school."
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Scott, in her first year at East, said the team's focus on conditioning has been the reason for success.
"We have just focused on our endurance, and our speed and quickness," Scott said. "We have done a lot of long runs, working on our footwork and stuff like that. It is just something we do as a team. It builds teamwork and team spirit."
East started the season defeating Heights, before placing sixth at the Maize Invitational.
Since then, the Aces have defeated Southeast, South, Carroll, and North.
Leading East has been Emma Stout, the lone returning senior, and juniors Drea Shaver and Reiley Pankratz.
"On the first day of practice, I had each player introduce themselves and tell one goal they wanted to work on," Scott said. "A lot of them said that they wanted to improve as a team. I didn't expect that."
Carroll plays at Northwest today. Both teams are 4-1 and tied for third place in the City League. Kapaun visits Carroll on Wednesday.
Panther pride — Wichita Independent emerged victorious for the second year in a row at the Arkansas City Invitational on Thursday, finishing with 35 points, six ahead of McPherson.
Kapaun finished third and Carroll fourth. Goddard, Independence, Winfield, Collegiate and Campus also sent teams.
No. 1 singles player Caroline Lincoln finished second, falling to Kapaun's Maddie Schulte in the finals. Colleen Zirkle finished third at No. 2 singles.
Both Independent doubles teams placed first, as Kelsey Eklund and Radha Nagireddy won No. 1 doubles, while Emily Ramseyer and Jillian Poynter won No. 2 doubles.
"It just gets us ready for the end of the year, when we go to regionals and hopefully to state," Independent coach Simon Norman said. "At the end of the season, they won't see something they haven't seen before."