Arnett, Messenger cruise to doubles title at league meet

Arkansas City High School senior Jacey Arnett, left, moves into position as junior Ellie Messenger powers a left-handed forehand. The Lady Bulldogs’ No. 1 doubles team, Arnett and Messenger won 24 consecutive games and lost just one game Monday afternoon at the AV-CTL D-II Championships at the Louderback Family Tennis Center.

Arkansas City High School’s No. 1 doubles team of Jacey Arnett and Ellie Messenger will take a 23-3 record into the Class 5A Regional Championships this Saturday.

Like Monday’s Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II Championships, they’ll have home-court advantage.

Arnett and Messenger dropped just one game Monday in the league meet at the Louderback Family Tennis Center, storming to the doubles titles by winning 24 consecutive games.

The Lady Bulldogs finished third with 25 points, three behind runner-up 28. Andover, which had the top two singles finalists, easily won the team title with 49 points.

Arnett and Messenger played shutout tennis in the title match, a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Sydney Benjamin and Hannah Weers of Andover.

The Ark City duo took the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye into the tourney, and had perhaps their toughest match in the second round, a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against the Andover Central tandem of Jazzmyn Williams and Grace Schaefer.

To reach the title match, Arnett and Messenger had to go through teammates Landry Biddle and Taylor Nulik, and showed no mercy, rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Biddle and Nulik opened with a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Gabrielle Dextradeur and Kiersten Kreuzburg-Dunken of Goddard, and dropped just one game in an easy  6-1, 6-0 quarterfinal upset of fourth-seeded Eris Bishop and Maddelyn Hamm of Valley Center.

The No. 5 seed entering the tourney, Biddle and Nulik settled for fourth place after a tough 3-6, 6-4 (12-10) loss to the third-seeded Andover duo of Aurelia Tan and Annabelle Tantemsomboon.

Ark City’s singles players had to play each other for 13th place after opening with back-to-back losses. No. 11 seed Jolee Wells defeated 12th seeded Justise Mills 9-2 in the head-to-head battle.

The Regional meet is set for a 10 a.m. start Saturday. Defending KSHSAA Class 5A State champion Bishop Carroll joins Andover Central, Goddard, Goddard-Eisenhower, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Maize South and Wichita-Northwest in the Regional. The top six singles and doubles placers qualify for the KSHSAA Class 5A State Championships, set for Oct. 18-19 at Pittsburg High School.


AV-CTL D-II Championships

Monday at Arkansas City

Louderback Family Tennis Center


Team Scores — 1. Andover 49; 2. Valley Center 28; 3. Arkansas City 25; 4. Andover Central 24; 5. Goddard-Eisenhower 23; 6. Maize South 20; 7. Goddard 14.


Championship — Sarah Sinclair (And) def. Emma Sinclair (And), 6-3, 6-3. Third — Kelly Troung (GE) def. Mallory Feather (VC), 6-0, 6-2.


Championship — Arnett & Messenger (Ark) def. Sydney Benjamin & Hannah Weers (And), 6-0, 6-0. Third — Aurelia Tan & Annabelle Tantemsomboon (And) def. Landry Biddle & Taylor Nulik (Ark), 3-6, 6-4 (12-10).


Arkansas City Results


Jolee Wells, 13th place (1-2): lost to Kelly Troung (GE), 6-3, 6-1; lost to Anna Strickland (ACtl), 9-3; def. Justise Mills (Ark), 9-2.

Justise Mills, 14th place (0-3): lost to Hilary Tallman (ACtl), 6-1, 6-1; lost to Alyssa Rising (Gd), 9-3; lost to Jolee Wells (Ark), 9-2.


Jacey Arnett & Ellie Messenger, champions (3-0): first-round bye; def. Jazzmyn Williams & Grace Schaefer (ACtl), 6-1, 6-0; def. Landry Biddle & Taylor Nulik (Ark), 6-0, 6-0; def. Sydney Benjamin & Hannah Weers (And), 6-0, 6-0.

Landry Biddle & Taylor Nulik, fourth place (2-2): def. Gabrielle Dextradeur & Kiersten Kreuzburg-Dunken (Gd), 6-0, 6-3; def. Eris Bishop & Maddelyn Hamm (VC), 6-1, 6-0; lost to Jacey Arnett & Ellie Messenger (Ark), 6-0, 6-0; lost to Aurelia Tan & Annabelle Tantemsomboon (And), 3-6, 6-4 (12-10).


Junior Varsity


Team Scores — 1. Andover Central 45; 2t. Andover 34; 2t. Goddard-Eisenhower 34; 4. Maize South 30; 5. Valley Center 27; 6t. Arkansas City 7; 6t. Goddard 7.

Arkansas City Results


Morgan Nellis, 12th place (1-3): lost to Ewertt (GE), 9-0; def. Rogers (Gd), 9-1; lost to Taylor (VC), 9-8 (7-3); lost to Osterhout (MS), n/a.

Mya Williams, 13th place (1-2): lost to O’Keefe (GE), 9-3; lost to Young (Gd), 9-4; def. Rogers (Gd), 9-2.


Raizel Carter & Haley Hain, 11th place (2-2): lost to Hagel & Henry (GE), 9-7; def. Rhodes & Young (Gd), 9-0; lost to Farney & Bradander (VC), 9-5; def. Hoang & Fabre (Gd), 9-0.

Taylor Kennedy & Aleeyah Winegarner, 13th place (1-2): lost to Jilka & Chapman (GE); lost to Hazlewood & Bradford (MS), 9-8; def. Rhodes & Young (Gd), 9-6.

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