June 24th, 2019

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The Lady Redskins earned respect from the State when Rebecca Irby was voted the sixth seed in our Class 6A Regional tournament by coaches. She held up her seed by defeating Bello from Wichita North 6-3 and 6-0. 

Sophomore Priscilla Vasquez upset the eighth seed from Hutchinson 6-0 and 6-4. With quick starts, it looked like Liberal would send two singles players to State. Irby led Alcantar from Garden City 4-2 before falling 7-5 and 1-6. 

In a best of two-out-of-three sets, Vasquez won the first set against Beals of Campus 6-4. Beals won the second set 6-4, and Vasquez wilted in the heat to lose the third set 6-0. 

“Our singles players were so close to qualifying for State,” Liberal coach Bret Irby said. 

The doubles teams of Riddhi Bombaywala/Jazzy Monge and Jaciana Rivera/Alejandra Ortega battled top seeds losing in the first round. 

“Overall, the move to 6A will benefit our program,” Irby said. “As always, our girls carried themselves with pride and grace representing our school well.”

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