Lady Crusaders SHINE @ Rain Delayed State 4A Tourney!

Lady Crusaders SHINE @ Rain Delayed State 4A Tourney!

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:16
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TEAM FINISHES (19 Teams Total)


Collegiate - 38
Ark City - 30
Independence - 30
Wellington - 29 (just 1 point out of 2nd place in STATE 4A!)
Andover Central - 22

Tourney started on time this morning but they are presently in a rain delay. Abby Lowe is down to Ruffin from Collegiate 1-5 and they are playing to 9. Adams/Aufdengarten are playing the defending 5A Champions from Ark City / down 3-4 in 1st best of 3 sets. 

Mekenna Adams/Kylie Aufdengarten fell to Ark City in doubles action 4-6, 4-6 and will now go up against Bruce/Edmonson of McPherson for 3rd place! McPherson pair lost to Collegiate 1-6, 4-6 . Good Luck Ladies!!

Avery Rusk/Rylee Rusk win in a tie-breaker 7-2 and "looks like" on the bracket their next match up will be against Holthaus/Williams of Marysville. A win against Marysville and they'll play for 5th! Way to go LADIES!

Abby Lowe lost to CeAnna Allen of McPherson 2-9 and will now play in what will be her last tennis match as a Lady Crusader, against Amanda Trout of Independence for 11th place. Good Luck Abby and thanks for many great years of effort and accomplishment!!! Awesome job Lady Crusader!

Avery Rusk and Rylee Rusk defeated Holthaus/William of Marysville and have advanced to the 5th place match! This will be Avery's last match as a Lady Crusader, her sister Rylee, well, is just getting started and with a medal to boot!! Awesome stuff! We are proud of you both and your efforts! GOOD LUCK LADIES - they'll be going up against Marquez/King of Independence.

Special Announcement from State 4A Girls Tennis Tournament in Pratt!

Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten defeated Bruce/Edmondson of McPherson 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to place 3rd in the tournament - an awesome performance by both. Mekenna's last match as a Lady Crusader and her 4th medal in as many years at State! Proud moment for both Mekenna and Kylie I know - proud one for us as well!!! CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!

Senior Abby Lowe ended her WHS Tennis career moments ago with a VICTORY over Amanda Trout of Independence 9-4 to finish in 11th place! The Lady Crusaders are taking care of business - congrats to Abby on a fine showing at the biggest event of the season! YOU HAVE REPRESENTED WELL!!

Last update from State 4A Girls Tennis Tourney in Pratt

Been giving you all lots of good TENNIS NEWS today so wouldn't think of ending the tennis updates on a sour note! CONGRATULATIONS to Avery Rusk and younger sister Rylee, the WHS Doubles Pair defeated Marquez/King of Independence 9-6 to place 5th at this year's STATE TOURNAMENT! This was Avery's last match but a special one I'm sure, not only a medal but a shared great memory with a great sister..congrats to you both!! The Lady Crusaders and their coaches Brian Aufdengarten and Daphne Adams shined at Pratt - we are proud of you!

Special thanks too, to the WHS YEARBOOK STAFF for some awesome update pics for your viewing pleasure today - GO BIG RED!!

FRIDAY OUTCOMES (Oct. 13, 2017)

Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten had a first round bye.

Abby Lowe won her first match 6-1, 6-1!

Avery Rusk and Rylee Rusk won their first match 6-1, 6-4 over Bishop Miege

Both Lowe and Rusks came up short in 2nd round, will play another match today.

Adams/Aufdengarten win 6-1,6-0 over Ark City. Guaranteed Medal!
(4th State Medal for Adams in 4 years - First in WHS History!)

Rusk/Rusk win 9-5 over Parsons

Abby Lowe wins 9-1 over Marysville

Adams/Aufdengarten win 6-4, 6-3 (Will finish now no lower than 4th!)

Rusk/Rusk win 9-0 over Collegiate (Advance to medal rounds!)

Abby Lowe wins 8-6 (7-5) (Advance to medal rounds!)

MORE ACTION for all "5" Lady Crusaders on SATURDAY!!!


Had a big day the first day, and even bigger day on day 2.  Finished 1 point out of second and third, that stung a little, but some of that was out of our control, we did the things we had to do by getting wins on day 2.

Abby Lowe 2nd year being a state qualifier, won her first match 6-1,6-1 over Wyse from Hays, then she lost to the state runner-up Schabel from Independence in a great match that Abby played so well losing 6-3,6-4.  She then won two more over Becker from Marysville 9-1, then in a crazy match when it was getting dark she played Scharenberg from Circle.  Abby was up 8-6 when the girls couldn't see because there were no lights on the court.  They moved courts about about a 15 minute wait.  Scharenberg tied the match at 8-8 and they were in a tiebreak and Lowe was down 2-4, then a breaker went out and the lights went off again, they had to wait another 15 minutes to move to the only two courts with lights.  Lowe lost the first point going down 2-5, then rallied 5 straight points to win 7-5 in the tiebreak.  That guaranteed her a medal at state.  Day 2 Lowe lost to Ruffin from Collegiate 1-9, then lost to Allen from McPherson 2-9.  In her final match she played Trout from Independence and won 9-4, to place 11th.  Lowe finished her career with 81 wins.  

The Rusk sisters had a tremendous state tournament after placing 4th in regionals last week.  The pair opened up with Bishop Miege and won 6-1,6-4,then they ran into Edmonson/Bruce from McPherson who finished 4th overall and lost 3-6,3-6.  This put the sisters on the backside and they faced Parsons and won 9-5.  In their next match they met a familiar opponent who they played at regionals also Withrow/Lair from Collegiate.  The Rusk sister jumped on them early and played one of their best matches at state and won 9-0.  That guaranteed them a medal at state also.  On day 2 they opened up with Maddex/Sagehorn from Andover Central who they lost to at regionals.  Maddex was the state runner-up in doubles last year.  The Rusks won a hard fought battle in a tiebreak winning 9-8(7-2).  They then played Holthaus and Williams the regional winner from Marysville in the Topeka Hayden regional.  The Rusk sister jumped on them early with great net play 7-1.  Marysville charged back a little but the Rusk girls held on to win 9-4.  This put them in the 5th/6th place match against King/Marquez from Independence who the girls lost to earlier this season 2-8.  Again Avery and Rylee came out very strong and got a good lead early.  Independence charged back and even called for a line judge on match point to try and rattle the sisters.  After about 10 match points for Wellington the sisters finally put the match away and won 9-6.  Unbelievable, I knew they could medal and they were good, but they went on a nice run this weekend.  6-1 at the state tournament for these two.  Avery went to state the two years she played.  Rylee ties the Wellington record for the highest place for a freshman with Kylie Aufdengarten taking 5th place.  Rylee also sets the all time single season win mark with 33 wins breaking Lexis Hibbs and Kaitlyn Buck's record with 32.  Avery Rusk is tied for 2nd getting 32 wins this season.  Avery finishes her two years with 51 career wins.  Rylee was also the highest placing freshman in this years state tournament.

Mekenna Adams & Kylie Aufdengarten got a first round bye because they placed 2nd at regionals.  They faced Walker/McChristian from Ark City in the second round and won 6-1,6-0.  This pitted them against Holthaus/Williams from Marysville, a regional winner.  The match was tight at first, but Wellington prevailed 6-4,6-3.  The win in this quarterfinal match guaranteed the pair a top 4 finish.  Day 2 began against Ark City's Burr/Weathers the defending 5A state champions.  Ark City jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Adams and Aufdengarten responded winning 3 in a row to tie it up.  Ark City went up 4-3, and the rains hit delaying things for about 2 hours.  Ark City responded after the break winning 6-4.  In the next set Wellington jumped up 2-0, and then had a 4-3 lead on Ark City and the rains hit again.  After about a 15-20 minute wait Ark City again got it's composure and won again 6-4.  Seemed like every time we got the momentum the rains hit.  After the loss it sent Adams and Aufdengarten to the 3rd/4th place match where they met up with McPherson's Edmonson and Bruce another regional winner.  Wellington had the lead in the first set, but lost it at 5-6, then Wellington tied it up and a tiebreak was played.  Wellington jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but soon it was 5-4.  Wellington questioned a call at that time, so McPherson called a line judge on themselves.  After that the Wellington pair won 2 straight points to win the tiebreak.  In the next set Adams and Aufdengarten jumped up 3-0, but then all of a sudden it was tied at 3-3.  Wellington held the lead each time, and finally put the match away 6-4.  What an awesome weekend, we never talked about it but we wanted to finish higher than last year in a much deeper draw, but we didn't know if it was possible.  So proud of these two, Mekenna has given so much to this program.  Adams is the only Wellington tennis player to medal all 4 years taking 9th with Maggie Fink, 7th with Madison Adams, 5th with Aufdengarten, and now 3rd with Aufdengarten.  She ends her career with 109 wins which ranks 2nd behind Lexis Hibbs and Kaitlyn Buck who had 114.  Aufdengarten was the highest placing sophomore in the state tournament this year, and now has 56 career wins in two years.  We have some very big shoes to fill with us losing Mekenna, Avery, Abby, and Lexi Saffell.  

Wellington finished 4th in 2009.  

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