Maize Free State High’s Alexis Czapinski won two matches and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Saturday at Maize South High.
Czapinski beat Blue Valley West’s Katie Fries, 6-2, 6-3, and Shawnee Mission West’s Katherine Cao, 6-0, 6-3. Fries placed fifth at state and Cao fourth a year ago. Czapinski was sixth last year.
“She is playing sharp tennis and has a lot of confidence going into (today),” FSHS coach Oather Strawderman said.
Czapinski will face SM East’s Elizabeth Barnickel in a semifinal at 9 a.m. today.
Free State’s other state qualifiers — the doubles teams of Alyssa Raye-Rachel Walters and Taylor Hawkins-Caitlin Dodd — lost both of their matches and were eliminated.
“The doubles teams had a really good day despite the results,” Strawderman said. “They played strong and represented Free State well.”