The Rolla tennis team hosted the Rolla Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9. The tournament was doubles only and had some last second issues that ended up working out thanks to some great sportsmanship.
Willow Springs dropped from the tournament, so teams mixed and matched players to fill in the bracket with a team they called "Unified" Rolla won the tournament with a team score of 29.5, but all three of the other teams were within 2.5.
Rolla won the A flight in the tournament with the duo of Rachel Butz and Laura McCutcheon winning 8-2. Helias' Jessica Cowley and Ellen Gallahen took second, Waynesvilles Heather Emerson and Lauren Dremelade finished third and Shay Pelfrey and Molly Hardwick represented Rolla on the Unified team in fourth.
Flight B went to Helias' duo of Mya Bremer and Drinkard by a score of 8-4. Rolla's Olivia Burken and Rylee Kriete placed second, the Unified team of Rolla's Sheri Chan and Jalisa Berrieum placed third and Waynesville's Blair Smith and Tiffany Bell placed fourth.
Flight C was also won by the Lady Bulldogs. Kathleen Beetner and Shannan Chan won with a score of 8-6. The Unified team of Helias' Eleanor Bax and Macy Markwey placed second right in front of the proper Helias duo of Sage Bentlage and Sommer Kolb. Kristin Snead and Nessa Guzman from Waynesville placed fourth.
The final flight also went to Rolla where Anne Christine Schulz and Diya Allada won 8-0. Waynesville had a late injury, so Rolla's Mya Burken stepped in to play with Natalie Owens and the duo placed second. The Helias pair of Katie Long and Becca Lage took third and the Unified team of Rolla's Eliana Stanislawsi and Kayla Decker took fourth.
"Great day for the team with a nice team win in a tournament which was one of our pre-season team goals," said head coach Joe Schisler. "Great sportsmanship was displayed by all and it was fun that for a while it looked like the unified team might win the team points event. Senior day was especially nice with all our seniors winning their flights today."
Next up for Rolla is a matchup with the team that dropped out, Willow Springs, on the road on Monday, Sept. 11.