There were still some unanswered questions for Pittsburg High School girls tennis coach John Seal.

There were still some unanswered questions for Pittsburg High School girls tennis coach John Seal.

Entering Thursday’s season opening tennis tournament at Parsons, Seal brought a collection of players that were no older than juniors, preparing to face off with two of the top teams in the Southeast Kansas League.

“I didn’t know just how we would stack up against two of the best teams in the league,” Seal said.

The end result, a third-place team finish and two — Katy Short at No. 2 singles and Laikyn Long and Emily Baden at No. 2 singles — that finished second in their bracket.

“Those are two sophomores and a freshman,” Seal said. “We won seven matches today and we only won eight last year in this tounament. We did that this year with a very young team.”

Short started the day with an 8-3 win over Fort Scott’s Haley Whitten and came back with an 8-6 victory over Parsons’ Malina Kipp. She picked up her third straight win with a forfeit win over Coffeyville. Short’s lone defeat came at the hands of Independence’s Ashlyn Connor, 8-4.

The team of Long and Baden defeated Fort Scott, 8-4 and Coffeyville 8-0 and fell to Parsons and Independence 8-3.

“I was happy,” Seal said. “We went out and played well.”

At No. 1 singles, Megan Reed opened with a pair of 8-0 losses to Courtney Crain (Fort Scott) and Sara Ong (Parsons). She was able to rebound and take an 8-0 victory from Tayita Obudo of Coffeyville before finishing play with an 8-0 loss to Independence’s Abby Groff.

The No. 1 doubles team of Brittney Wilde and Jessica Curlee fell to Fort Scott (8-3) and Parsons (8-0) before picking up their first victory over Coffeyville 8-0. The day ended with an 8-1 defeat to Independence.

“I thought that our No. 1s gave great effort and play great effort,” Seal said. “Megan (Reed) gave a great effort and our No. 1 doubles were in matches and played teams like Independence very tough and I was very happy with their play.”

The Dragons will have the week off before traveling to Labette County at 3 p.m. next Thursday. Pittsburg will play host to a junior varsity tournament on Monday afternoon.

“There is a lot of room for improvement, but the kids went out and busted their rear ends,” Seal said. “If you give that kind of an effort, that’s all I can ask.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 139