KEARNEY — Kearney High and Columbus finished tied for second at Thursday’s the KHS Doubles Invitational tennis tournament.
Lincoln East won the tournament with 90 team points. Kearney and Columbus scored 81. Lincoln High was fourth in the 10-team meet with 71 points.
For the Bearcats, Olivia Flood and Makenna Henning finished second at No. 1 doubles and Anna Boyd and Liz Young were second at No. 3 doubles. Both teams went 4-1.
“Olivia and Makenna did an excellent job winning their pool. Their pace and consistency really gave the other teams fits,” KHS coach Troy Saulsbury said. “In the championship we struggled keeping the ball away from the net person. Lincoln East did a great job of moving to the correct spot. They definitely showed why they are one of the top doubles teams in the state.”
Boyd and Young were more successful keeping the ball away from the opposing net player.
“Anna and Liz had a stellar day. They utilized solid doubles strategy the entire day. ... They can hit sharp angles or hit deep lobs. These shots make their opponents hit an off-balance shot and this gives us an opportunity to put the ball away at the net.”
Meghan Dahlke and Cecilia Henning finished fourth at No. 2 doubles while two pairs — Emilee Anderson/Marissa Kalb and Paige Moffett/Ryanna Jackson — shared No. 4 doubles and finished fifth.
Lincoln East won at first and fourth doubles with Columbus winning at No. 2 doubles and Omaha Westside knocking off Kearney in No. 3 doubles.
n Kearney Doubles Invite
1, Lincoln East 90. 2T, Kearney 81. 2T, Columbus 81. 4, Lincoln High 71. 5, Lincoln North Star 58. 6, Omaha Westside 53. 7, Norfolk 37. 8, Grand Island 35. 9, Millard South 31. 10, North Platte 15.