Ryan takes second at State tennis

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

Progress was made but it was not enough. Last fall, a pair of sophomores emerged as the new State powers in Class 3-2-1A. Kansas City Christian’s Lilly McNeill dominated Central Plains’ Emily Ryan for her first State title.

The rivalry renewed itself Saturday in Pratt in the finale of the Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships. After a 6-2, 6-0 loss to McNeill last year, Ryan opened this year’s title match with a quick 4-0 lead. “I came in strong and she had some jitters,” Ryan said. “She wasn’t hitting some of the shots she was hitting later in the match. She was amazing at the end.”

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