Varsity Kansas

2010 girls state tennis: Wellington gets 4A doubles, team champs

Wellington won its first girls state championship Saturday, beating Hesston and Independence for the Class 4A tennis title at Maize South High.

Wellington seniors Kaitlyn Buck and Lexis Hibbs also became the school's first doubles state champions with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ashlee Carr and Kelby McGrath of Independence.

"We never took the match for granted, even when we were up big in the second set," Buck said. "The final score doesn't take into account all the deuces we had in the game."

Wellington had 40 team points to Hesston's 31 and 22 for Independence.

Hesston's Ali Anderson finished second, losing to Bree Honer of Lenexa St. James 4-6, 7-5, 5-1 in the singles championship.

The tournament went pretty much according to seeding. Honer and the Hibbs-Buck team came in as the top seeds.

Wellington was also considered the favorite team going in, ranked No. 1 in the Kansas Coaches Association poll and bringing back five of the six starters from last year's fourth-place finisher.

After the first day, the title essentially came down to semifinal matches pitting Wellington against Hesston in singles and doubles.

Although Anderson beat Wellington's Erianne Adams 6-0, 6-3 in singles, Buck and Hibbs beat Madelyn Weaver and Ashley Weaver of Hesston 6-0, 6-3 to earn the split.

Wellington had the advantage because it had another doubles team, Kailey Jenkins and Dani Anderson, who won four straight matches to finish sixth and deliver Wellington the needed team points for the crown.

In the singles championship, Anderson won the first set and led 4-2 in the second set when Honer came back to win 7-5.

The championship match lasted more than 2 1/2 hours on an unusually warm October day.

"I think I was feeling a little fatigued in that second set," Anderson said. "She took advantage of that by being more aggressive."

It's the first team state title for Wellington since 2002 when Hibbs' dad, Linn, coached the football team to a second consecutive 4A title.