SALINA — The Newton High School girls’ tennis team claimed a regional doubles title and a fifth-place team finish Saturday at the Class 5A regionals in Salina.
Host Salina Central won the meet with 17 points, followed by Salina South at 15, Valley Center at nine, Andover at eight, Newton at seven, Great Bend at one and Wichita Heights at one.
Salina Central and South each sent four entries to state. Valley Center qualified two entries to state. Newton and Andover each qualified one.
The Railers were led by the team of Rai Normai and Quinn Rhodes, which won the regional doubles title, finishing 3-0. In the finals, Normai and Rhodes downed Maddie Stack and Grace Holgerson of Salina Central 6-2, 6-1.
Normai, a foreign exchange student, and Rhodes, a junior, enter state play 7-0.
The team of Cattie Arrowsmith and Kenzi Gillispie lost in the first round to Peyton Kavanagh and Molly Michaelis of Salina Central 6-1, 6-1.
In singles play for Newton, Ashley Schmidt fell in the first round to Victoria Bishop of Valley Center 6-2, 6-1. Faye Smith lost in the first round to Callie Sanborn of Salina Central 6-0, 6-0.
“Very proud of all the girls,” Newton coach Nick Sisson said. “Ashley Schmidt finished her high school career turning in a great effort in singles. Faye Smith played her best tennis of the season as well. Cattie Arrowsmith and Kenzi Gillispie put up a great fight against a state qualifier. Rai Normai and Quinn Rhodes played well, especially in the finals and secured a regional title for Newton.”
Normai and Rhodes will compete at the Class 5A state championships Friday and Saturday at Maize South High School. Play begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday and resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Class 5A Regionals
Top six singles and doubles entries to state.
Team scores — Salina Central 17, Salina South 15, Valley Center 9, Andover 8, Newton 7, Great Bend 1, Wichita Heights 1.
First round — Hannah Weers And. def. Addison Ingram GB 6-0, 6-0; Victoria Bishop VC def. Ashley Schmidt New. 6-2, 6-1; Emma Sinclair And. def. Elizabeth Gladheart WH 6-0, 6-0; Callie Sanborn SC def. Faye Smith New. 6-0, 6-0; Kennedy Herbel SS def. Jordana Tucker WH 6-0, 6-0; Gentry Schneider GB def. Megan Jones VC 6-0, 7-5.
Quarterfinals — Karley Benson SC def. Weers And. 6-1, 6-0; Sinclair And. def. Bishop VC 6-1, 6-2; Sanborn SC def. Herbel SS 6-3, 6-1; Robyn Logan SS def. Schneider GB 6-0, 6-1.
Championship semifinals — Sinclair And. def. Benson SC 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; Logan SS def. Sanborn SC 6-1, 6-2.
Consolation semifinals — Bishop VC def. Weers And. 6-3, 6-2; Herbel SS def. Schneider GB 6-3, 6-3.
Championship — Sinclair And. def. Logan SS 6-4, 6-4. Third place – Benson SC def. Sanborn SC 6-3, 6-1. Fifth place — Bishop VC def. Herbel SS 6-3, 6-1.
First round — Stephenson-Johnson WH def. Hild-Anderson And. 6-4, 6-4; Coleman-Samecnik SS def. Conrady-Fujinuma WH 6-0, 6-0; Binau-Sharp VC def. Nieto-Folkerts GB 6-0, 6-0; Coleman-McAdoo SS def. Ingram-Moyers GB 6-2, 6-1; Kavanagh-Michaelis SC def. Arrowsmith-Gillispie New. 6-1, 6-1; Isham-Harden VC def. Aune-Crumrine And. 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 TB.
Quarterfinals — Normai-Rhodes New. def. Stephenson-Johnson WH 6-1, 6-3; Binau-Sharp VC def. Coleman-Zamecnik SS 7-5, 6-2; Coleman-McAdoo SS def. Kavanagh-Michaelis SC 6-4, 6-4; Stack-Holgerson SC def. Isham-Harden VC 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Championship semifinals - Normai-Rhodes New. def. Binau-Sharp VC 6-4, 6-2; Stack-Holgerson SC def. Coleman-McAdoo SS 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.
Consolation semifinals — Coleman-Zamecnik SS def. Stephenson-Johnson WH 6-0, 7-6 (8-6); Kavanagh-Michaelis SC def. Ishman-Harden VC 7-5, 6-3.
Championship — Normai-Rhodes New. def. Stack Holgerson SC 6-2, 6-1. Third — Binau-Sharp VC def. Coleman-McAdoo SS 6-4, 6-1. Fifth — Coleman-Zamecnik SS def. Kavanagh-Michaelis SC 6-4, 6-1.