Qualifying its entire tennis team for the Class 6A tournament is impressive, but it's something that Goddard's Tanner Cluck and Jared Ferris will not let get to their heads.
The doubles partners have to be in the right mindset to in order to face perennially tough competition from Kansas City-area schools.
"You can't really let it all get to your head," Cluck said. "You've got to keep telling yourself that it's going to get harder and harder.... We've played really good teams throughout the year to prepare ourselves for the last level."
The area's top doubles team knows it will face its most challenging competitors of the season today in Prairie Village, where it could face last year's second-place finishers Connor Sutton and Robert Trung of Blue Valley North.
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"We've talked about being in the top five for most of the year," Cluck said. "With the northeast Kansas schools being the way they are, it's nearly impossible to win the tournament, but our biggest goal is to go up there and place in the top five."
At Maize, four Eagles are in the state tournament, including Clint Chumksy, a three-time state qualifier who's 27-7.
BV North junior Jack Sock, considered the top junior amateur in the country, is the favorite to win singles.
"You go out there and you want to win every match you can . You want to fight and give it your all and just try to get to that next round," Chumksy said. "There are a lot of really tough schools out there, and everybody's playing their best at the end of the season, so you have to compete for that top spot."
Chumksy isn't the only Maize singles player to make the trip. Kelyn Vix, who recently made the switch from doubles and qualified at 13-7 after an upset in the Maize regional.
"I started off playing doubles and it was working, but I wasn't as strong as I would have liked to be," Vix said. "Then I started playing singles and I realized that was where I needed to be. It was fun to go out and show everyone what I could do by myself and still compete hard and come out on to against people who should have beat me."
When: 11:30 a.m. today. Semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday with finals at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Where: Class 6A, Prairie Village; 5A, Emporia; 4A, Pratt; Class 3-2-1A, Wamego