Susan Nguyen, right waits for a serve while her sister Kathy Nguyen sends a shot across the net. Susan is Liberal’s No. 1 tennis player while Kathy is No. 2. Susan went 4-0 at the Liberal Invitational Tournament Thursday to earn first place. Daily Leader photo/Earl Watt
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The Lady Redskin tennis team competed in its first tournament of the year in a round-robin event Thursday in Liberal. Competing teams included Ashland, Perryton, Meade, and Scott City.
New line ups, injury, and overall rust contributed to a slow start for the Lady Redskin team, but senior Susan Nguyen impressed fans with a 4-0 first-place finish. Nguyen rallied from a 5-2 defeciit against Meade’s Landry Cordes to preserve the perfect record.
No. 1 Singles — Susan Nguyen went 4-0 finishing first. She defeated Ashland’s Aspen McCann 6-4, defeated Perryton’s Lesley Garland 6-0, defeated Scott City’s Brittany Berry 6-1, and won a close match against Meade’s Landry Cordes 7-6 (7-4 in a tie-breaker) to win 1st Place honors.
No. 2 Singles — Kathy Nguyen went 1-3 on the day finishing fifth. She lost to Ashland’s Joanna Reimer 1-6, lost to Scott City’s Kathryn Buehler 0-6, lost to Meade’s Devenie Borth before defeating Perryton’s Tori Terhune 6-0.
No. 1 Doubles — Katie Plunk and Desirae Courkamp went 1-3 finishing fourth. They lost to Ashland’s Quintana/Spare 1-6, lost to Scott City’s Scheuerman/Blair 0-6, lost to Meade’s Harshberger/Stern 1-6 before defeating Perryton’s Hulsey/Spescia in an exciting tie-breaker 7-6 (7-5).
No. 2 Doubles — Lauren Harp and Jacqueline Nguyen went 0-4 on the day after Nguyen turned an ankle and had to withdraw from one match. They lost to Ashland’s Woodruff/Golden 0-6, lost to Scott City’s Kucharik/Vasko 1-6, lost to Meade’s Piteo/Flowers 2-6 before scratching from a match with Perryton due to injury.
The next varsity match is Saturday in Colby.