OMAHA — For the 16th year in a row, Kearney High girls tennis will finish in the top 10 at the Class A state tournament.

The Bearcats completed the first day of the two-day, 31-team tournament in seventh place with 17 points at the Koch Family Tennis Center in Omaha.

They do not have any singles or doubles players vying for a state championship today.

No. 1 singles player Olivia Flood and the No. 2 doubles team of Allison Chally and Makenna Henning will compete in the fifth-place bracket today.

Seventh-seeded Flood claimed a straight-set victory over Bellevue West and eased to a second-round 6-0, 6-4 victory over Elkhorn South. She ran into a superior opponent in second-seeded Julia King of Omaha Marian in the quarterfinals, though. She lost in straight sets to King.

Chally and Henning defeat Omaha Northwest in straight sets and Papillion-LaVista South 6-2, 6-3 before falling to Lincoln Pius X 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Ninth-seeded Taylin Copp and Kendra Sears, Kearney’s top doubles team, lost to ninth-seeded Lincoln High 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

Anna Boyd upset twelveth-seeded Melanie Jones of Columbus, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round before losing to fifth-seeded Emma McClellan of Omaha Marian in a tightly contested second-round match, 6-2, 3-6, 5-10.

The Bearcats totaled 20 points to finish in a tie for 10th place with Millard West at the state tournament last season.

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