WINFIELD — The Newton High School girls’ tennis team claimed an individual champion and a third-place team finish Thursday at the Winfield Invitational.
Arkansas City won the title with 53 points, followed by Wichita Collegiate at 49, Newton at 43, Winfield at 34, Derby at 32, Campus at 27, Wichita East at 21 and El Dorado at 15.
Newton was led by Rae Normai, who won the singles draw at 4-0. Normai, the second seed, top first-seeded Sydney Lair of Wichita Collgiate in the finals 8-6. Normai’s first three matches were all won at 8-0.
Quinn Rhodes finished fifth at singles at 3-1.
The doubles team of Cattie Arrowsmith and Kenzi Gillespie finished eighth at 1-3. The doubles team of Faye Smith and Ashley Schmidt finished 12th at 1-3.
“Great effort from all the girls,” Newton coach Scott Sisson said. “Normai beat a state doubles champ from Collegiate in the finals. Rhodes was seeded ninth and fought all the way to fifth place. Team finished third out of eight. Really good day.”
Newton competes at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hutchinson Invitational at the State Fairgrounds Tennis Center.
Team scores — Arkansas City 53, Wichita Collegiate 49, Newton 43, Winfield 34, Derby 32, Campus 27, Wichita East 21, El Dorado 15.
1. Rae Normai (4-0): 1. W Haleigh Beals Cam. 8-0, QF. W Josie Hoag AC 8-0, SF. W Megan Nihart Win. 8-0, F. W Sydney Lair WC 8-6.
5. Quinn Rhodes (3-1): 1. W Nalea Payton ED 8-2, CQF. L Sydney Lair WC 8-2, CSF. W Ellie Messenger AC 8-7 (7-2), 5th. W Josie Hoag AC 8-6.
8. Cattie Arrowsmith-Kenzie Gillespie (1-3): 1. W Shum-Edwards ED 8-5, QF. L Burr-Weathers AC 8-0, CSF. L Agpoon-Smith Der. 8-4, 7th. L Thanasouk-Wood Cam. 8-6.
12. Faye Smith-Ashley Schmidt (1-3): 1. L Priest-Bounvongxay Win. 8-2, CQF. W Jackson-Nguyen ED 8-4, CSF. L Anderson-Baker Der. 8-2, 11th. L Shum-Edwards ED 8-4.