Adams/Adams finish 7th at state – adding to Wellington’s girls tennis legacy

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mekenna and Madi Adams finish seventh at state.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For 12 years the Wellington girls tennis program has had a representative at the Class 4A state tennis tournament. In those 12 years, Wellington has had an entree place in 10 of those 12 years. 2015 is no exception, as the sister team of Madi and Mekenna Adams, clinched a seventh place finish in the doubles competition of the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Winfield on Saturday. They become the first sister team in Wellington history to have placed in a state tournament. Madi, the senior, finishes as a two time state qualifier. Mekenna, a sophomore, is now a two time state placer, having placed ninth last season with Maggie Fink.   “What a run this was,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach. “Three or four weeks ago I didn’t know if the sisters playing together was going to work.  They made adjustments and so did us coaches and it all fell together.”   Wellington took two doubles to the state tournament. Dietra Sober/Madi Lewellen did not place but picked up a huge first round win at the Vaughan tennis courts. Overall, the team finished 12th. The following is a synopsis of the two days the two teams had. More pictures can be found here. Madi Adams finishes her high school career as a two time state qualifierThe Adams sisters Adams girls opened with Angleton/Wendt from Chanute in the first round and easily won 6-1,6-2.   “We played well,” Aufdengarten said. “Madi was attacking the net and volleying extremely well. We felt like Chanute was a dangerous team but didn’t have the consistency on their shots on each series.” .The girls then played a team with a bye in the first round and fed into Carlsen/Slettehaugh from Bishop Miege.   “We didn’t have our best performance here,” Aufdengarten said. “The Bishop Miege team played an awkward style with a player starting off of the court and running in on a serve or both players at the baseline with the server running up.” The girls won the first set 6-4 and the second set 7-5.  This win guaranteed the girls could play on day two and be a state medalist.   “I was so happy after this match,” Aufdengarten said. “We wanted Madison to get to day two this year and get a medal, and we wanted Mekenna to get another medal.” The pair then lost in the quarterfinals to Ediger/Ivers from McPherson 6-0, 6-3.   “The first set we never really competed,” Aufdengarten said. “In set two, we got their attention and jumped up 3-2.  Man we were playing well there. It was very impressive going against one of the top teams in the state.: On Day 2, Adams/Adams opened up with Parsons and fell behind 4-1.   “After I talked to them about cutting down on unforced errors, we rallied off eight straight games to win 9-4,” Aufdengarten said. The Adams sisters then played Bellah/Roets from Smoky Valley.  It was a close match as they were neck and neck up until 6-6 then Smoky Valley won three in a row to win 9-6.   “The match was so even,” Aufdengarten said. “Smoky Valley had 25 winners to our 15 winners, that is were the game was won.   This put Wellington in the seventh place match were they played Nussbaum/Cody from Collegiate.  Wellington won the match 9-6 to finish seventh.   Madison ended her career as a two time state qualifier and ending with 90 wins for her career.  Mekenna now has a ninth place and seventh place medal in two,years along with 53 wins.   “I know this is something these two can always talk about doing this with your sibling has to be a great feeling and sense of pride,” Aufdengarten said.Dietra Sober is a senior for Wellington.Sober, Lewellen As far as the other doubles teams, Lewellen and Sober beat Wright/Farris from Parsons 5-7, 6-3, 10-4.   “We fell behind 5-1 in the first set then settled down and started our comeback,” Aufdengarten said. “This was a nice win. We had lost to this team at the Tournament of Champions 8-4. “It showed we are a better team now, that was the girls second meet ever playing together.”  Next Sober/Lewellen lost to Ediger/Ivers from McPherson 6-2, 6-1, the same duo that would beat the Adams sister later.   “This is a very good team and we didn’t play too badly,” Aufdengarten said. “The McPherson team finished second overall.” In Sober/Lewellen’s next match they played Cunningham/Hale of Spring Hill.   “We stayed even for a long time but just couldn’t get it going against them.,” Aufdengarten said. The Wellington duo led 5-4 but then lost three straight games and trailed 8-5.Madi Lewellen should return as one of the two premiere players on the Wellington team next fall.  “I told them let’s give it everything we got and get it to a tiebreak and our girls responded tying it at 8-8,” Aufdengarten said. In the tiebreak, Wellington had two match points but couldn’t get two points in a row.  Spring Hill won the tiebreak 10-8.   “It was such a heartbreaking loss,” Aufdengarten said. “We were all kind of stunned after the match.  These two did so well they only played in four meets together before regionals, I’m so proud of the two of them.” The pair ended up 15-8 together.  The Wellington state girls tennis records can be found here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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