SALINA — Ellie Messenger and Landry Biddle saw their undefeated streak to start the season come to an end on a beautiful day for tennis Saturday at a very competitive Salina Central Invitational.
Arkansas City’s senior duo was ranked third entering the tourney and left the meet with the third-place medals.
The Lady Bulldogs placed sixth in the eight-team meet, won by McPherson.
Messenger and Biddle opened with an 8-3 victory against the Maize tandem of Jolei Hertzel and Riley Wertz, and followed that up with an 8-2 quarterfinal win against Lizzy Franco and Katen Putnam of Salina South.
The Lady Bulldog duo met No. 2 seed CeAnna Allen & Perrin Schneider of McPherson in the semifinals, putting up a gallant battle before falling in overtime 8-7 (5).
Messenger and Biddle shook off their first loss of the season to claim third place with an 8-1 pasting of McPherson’s No. 2 doubles team of Maddie Dobson and Taylor Berger.
Illiana Armbrust and Alexxa Nunemaker of Salina South went on to capture the title with an 8-5 triumph against Allen and Schneider.
ACHS senior Haley Hain placed 11th in singles competition, defeating Lily Wilson of Valley Center 8-5 to finish 2-2 on the day.
Ark City’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Justise Mills and Aleeyah Winegarner finished 14th after a heartbreaking 8-7 (6) setback at the hands of Ruth Hockenbarger and Yasmine Bueno of Topeka West.
Junior Raizel Carter went 0-4 in singles play, but put up tough battles in an 8-5 loss to Alyssa Bowlin of Valley Center and an 8-6 setback to Bella Elliot of Topeka West.
Callie Sanborn of the host Lady Mustangs took the singles title with an 8-3 win against McPherson’s Petty Huerta.
Salina Central Invitational
Team Scores — 1. McPherson 61; 2. Salina South 56; 3. Salina Central 49; 4. Maize South 38; 5. Maize 30; 6. Arkansas City 23; 7. Valley Center 18; 8. Topeka West 8.
Arkansas City Results
Haley Hain, 11th place (2-2) — lost to Janae Montoya (SC), 8-1; def. Alyssa Bowlin (VC), 8-4; lost to Madelyn Fellows (MzS), 8-6; def. Lily Wilson (VC), 8-5.
Raizel Carter, 16th place (0-4) — lost to Callie Sanborn (SC), 8-0; lost to Lily Wilson (VC), 8-1; lost to Bella Elliot (TW), 8-6; lost to Alyssa Bowlin (VC), 8-5.
Ellie Messenger & Landry Biddle, third place (3-1) — def. Jolei Hertzel & Riley Wertz (Mz), 8-3; def. Lizzy Franco & Katen Putnam (SS), 8-2; lost to CeAnna Allen & Perrin Schneider (McP), 8-7 (5); def. Maddie Dobson & Taylor Berger (McP), 8-1.
Justise Mills & Aleeyah Winegarner, 14th place (1-3): lost to Lauryn Sellens & Maddie Wilkinson (MzS), 8-1; lost to Emme Turpin & Kamee Robinson (SC), 8-6; def. Katie Henderson & Allyson Glenn (TW), 8-1; lost to Ruth Hockenbarger & Yasmine Bueno (TW), 8-7 (6).