Arkansas City High School’s two doubles teams captured titles Thursday afternoon at the Winfield Invitational at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center.

The wins propelled the Lady Bulldogs to the team title.

Ark City scored 30 points, six more than runner-up Wichita Collegiate.

The host Lady Vikings had two teams at the meet. The Winfield White team scored 17 points to place fifth, three points ahead of the sixth-place Winfield Blue squad.

Ark City’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Jacey Arnett and junior Ellie Messenger improved to 7-0 in the early season with their second title in as many meets.

Arnett and Messenger dropped just three games in three matches. They rolled to an 8-2 victory against the Haysville-Campus tandem of  Venus Thanasouk and Hanna Wood.

Junior Landry Biddle and senior Jolee Wells also went 3-0 en route to the title at No. 2 doubles.

Biddle and Wells, who improved to 6-1 this season, dropped just six games on the day and wrapped up the title with an 8-2 victory against  Trinity Lawrence and Kealy Wilson of El Dorado.

The Lady Vikings advanced to the finals in two matches.

Eliza Camp reached the title match at No. 1 singles for the White team, falling 8-2 to Sonya Murphy of Collegiate.

Anna Ross represented the Blue team with a spot in the finals at No. 2 singles, falling 8-0 to Collegiate’s Stephanie Gentile. Ross reached the finals with an 8-6 victory against ACHS sophomore Justice Mills.

Mills placed third with an 8-4 triumph against Jada Featherby of Campus.

“She battled back from 6-3 and 7-4 down in her first match to steal it in a tiebreaker,” ACHS coach Aaron O’Donnell said. “Then another battle took place in the semis, but she did not come out on top this round.”

Ark City junior Taylor Nulik finished fourth at No. 1 singles. The Winfield duo of Abryana Boling and Abby Isom were fourth at No. 2 doubles.

“(Nulik) played well in her first singles outing of the season,” O’Donnell said. “She almost took out a 4A State singles qualifier in her third-place match. Great effort.”

Winfield’s Makenna Roark was set to compete at No. 1 singles for the Blue team, but suffered an injury in her first match, against Nalea Payton of El Dorado and was forced to miss the rest of the tourney.

Both Ark City and Winfield are slated to compete Tuesday at the Newton Invitational.

Winfield Invitational

Friday at T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center

Team Scores — 1. Arkansas City 30; 2. Wichita Collegiate 24; 3. El Dorado 22; 4. Haysville-Campus 20; 5. Winfield White 17; 6. Winfield Blue 14; 7. Wichita East 5; 8. Newton 4.

Arkansas City Results

No. 1 Singles

Taylor Nulik, fourth place (1-2): def. Chalyse Andrews (WE), 8-3; lost to Sonya Murphy (WC), 8-0; lost to Nalea Payton (ED), 8-6.

No. 2 Singles

Justise Mills, third place (2-1): def. Claire Norton (WnW), 8-7 (7-5); lost to Anna Ross (WnB), 8-6; def. Jada Featherby (HC), 8-4.

No. 1 Doubles

Jacey Arnett & Ellie Messenger, champions (3-0): def. Katie McMullin & Daisy Buller (New), 8-0; def. Isabella Do & Tara Glass (WC), 8-1; def. Venus Thanasouk & Hanna Wood (HC), 8-2.

No. 2 Doubles

Landry Biddle & Jolee Wells, champions (3-0): def. Katherine Lenz & Rozlynn Richert (WnB), 8-3; def. Abryana Boling & Abby Isom (WnW), 8-1; def. Trinity Lawrence & Kealy Wilson (ED), 8-2.


Winfield White Results

No. 1 Singles

Eliza Camp, second place (2-1): def. Linda Sanchez (HC), 8-1; def. Nalea Payton (ED), 8-5; lost to Sonya Murphy (WC), 8-2.

No. 2 Singles

Claire Norton, fifth place (2-1): lost to Justise Mills (Ark), 8-7 (7-5); def. Ava teater (New), 8-2; def. Rylee Ball (ED), 8-4.

No. 1 Doubles

Ayden Law & Elena Woodburn, sixth place (1-2): lost to Makayla Chabot & Mallory Parsons (ED), 8-3; def. Greta Ebersole & Ranime Goual (WE), 8-3; lost to Mike Karr & Taylor Byo (WnB), 8-7 (8-6).

No. 2 Doubles

Abryana Boling & Abby Isom, fourth place (1-2): def. Lolly Newman & Allie Prater (WC), 8-3; lost to Landry Biddle & Jolee Wells (Ark), 8-1; lost to Kaitlynn Gulledge & Torrance Nelson (HC), 8-5.


Winfield Blue Results

No. 1 Singles

Makenna Roark, eighth place (0-3): lost to Nalea Payton (ED), inj. default; lost to Linda Sanchez (HC), default; lost to Chalyse Andrews (WE), default.

No. 2 Singles

Anna Ross, second place (2-1): def. Ava Teater (New), 8-0; def. Justise Mills (Ark), 8-6; lost to Stephanie Gentile (WC), 8-0.

No. 1 Doubles

Mika Karr & Taylor Byo, fifth place (2-1): lost to (WC), 8-3; def. (New), 8-1; def. (WnW), 8-7 (8-6).

No. 2 Doubles

Katherine Lenz & Rozlynn Richert, fifth place (2-1): lost to Landry Biddle & Jolee Wells (Ark), 8-3; def. Lolly Newman & Allie Prater (WC), 8-1; def. Haylee Long & Sarah Musser (New), 8-0.


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