The Lady Bulldogs returned to the court on Thursday, hosting the North Platte Invite at the high school and Cody Park tennis courts.
North Platte’s Janae States had the best showing on the afternoon for the Lady Bulldogs, going 3-2 in No. 1 singles and finishing in fifth place.
“Janae had a nice day,” said North Platte head coach Dale Hall. “She played well. The two girls ahead of her in pool play took first and third place.”
States began her day losing to Holdrege’s Reinette Strydom 8-1. She dropped her second match 8-6 to Josie Propp of Hastings. After a break in the third round, States defeated Stephanie Jimenez 8-1 and then outlasted Grand Island’s Riley Menagh 9-7.
Strydom captured first place in No. 1 singles with an 8-4 win over McCook’s Brooklynn Trew and Menagh took third with an 8-3 win over Alliance’s Makylee Kaping.
States captured fifth with an 8-3 win over Kearney’s Hayley Limbach.
McCook won the tournament with 52 points, followed by Kearney with 48, Holdrege with 46, Grand Island with 41, Hasting with 35, North Platte sixth with 26 points, Alliance seventh with 22, Lexington and Ogallala tied with 21 points and Scottsbluff finishing 10tht with 18 points.
In No. 1 doubles, the North Platte team of Josha Gifford and Alyssa Cole came in seventh, defeating Scottsbluff in the seventh place match 8-5.
Kearney’s No. 1 doubles team of Jaydn Trimble and Leigha Limbach defeated the Hastings duo of Maddie McConnahhay and Sydney Landell 8-3 to win the title.
In No. 2 singles, Megan Stokey of North Platte took ninth with an 8-2 win over Scottsbluff’s Christina Villarreal in the ninth place match.
McCook’s Alli Been claimed the No. 2 singles crown with an 8-0 win over Hastings’ Bailey Christy.
In No. 2 doubles, the North Platte team of Kim Hall and Lauren Wagner finished seventh with an 8-4 win over Scottsbluff’s Sarah Cloud and Anna Wiebe.
The No. 2 doubles championship went to Kearney’s Abigail Crocker and Emily Koski, who defeated Lexington’s Kelby O’Meara and Katelin Schultze 9-7.
“We changed up the doubles teams some,” Hall said. “We did OK, but we need to work on our communication some with the new pairings.
“It isn’t set in stone that we will keep these as the doubles pairings, but it’s likely.”
North Platte will play April 11 at the Kearney Doubles Invitational.