Aufdengarten League Champion #1 Singles! Team Finishes 2nd!

Create: 10/02/2018 - 06:35

WHS JR. KYLIE AUFDENGARTEN (file photo) is your 2018 #1 Singles AVCTL League Champion!! Awesome Kylie! 
For 2nd year in a row, the TEAM finished 2nd! GREAT JOB LADIES!!


Congratulations to WHS Junior Kylie Aufdengarten- Kylie finished FIRST in #1 Singles (first to do so since 2009!) at the AVCTL Girls Tennis Tournament held in Winfield on Monday in a very exciting fashion!!

The Lady Crusaders were 2nd as a team for the second straight year at the AVCTL League Tournament!  "All the girls stepped it up Monday and helped with the team", Coach Aufdengarten reports. 

" #2 Doubles Natalie Henning and Olivia Brand got the 5 seed and upset Winfield in a third set super tiebreak 16-14.  The pair then lost their next two and finished 4th overall.  Very proud of these two, they have played singles most of the year and to finish in the top 4 in our league is awesome.

#1 Doubles Jacelyn Buck and Calli Hatfield got the 5 seed and finished exactly in that position in the end.  They lost to the 4 seeded Winfield team 6-4,6-2.  We kept it close early on and just got outplayed at the net, they were more aggressive, but they are a good team.  Buck and Hatfield then easily beat Augusta 9-0, and El Dorado 9-2.

#2 Singles Rylee Rusk got the #2 seed and won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over El Dorado, then beat a good Circle player 6-2,6-3.  That put her back in the championship at #2 singles for the second straight year.  This time she ran into a good sophomore player from Collegiate and dropped the match to finish 2nd.  

At #1 singles Kylie Aufdengarten got the #2 seed and beat her first opponent from El Dorado 6-0,6-1.  In her next match she beat a very good Circle player 6-2,6-1 in a match where both players were winded early on.  The first 4 games took about 45 minutes to an hour.  She moved on to the finals and met Geoffroy from Collegiate the defending 4A doubles champion from last year.  Aufdengarten jumped up 5-1 on the first set but Geoffroy came back to 5-4, then Aufdengarten won the first set 6-4.  The second set had Geoffroy jumping up 4-0, then Aufdengarten won 2 in a row and almost 3.  Geoffroy won the second set 6-2.  In the third set super tiebreak Aufdengarten jumped up 5-1.  Geoffroy eventually caught up to within 1 at 6-5.  Aufdengarten won 10-7 in the super tiebreak."

This is our first league champion at #1 singles or #1 doubles that we've ever had since Collegiate joined the league in 2009.  After 10 years of close matches in some we finally got it.  Very proud of all the girls today and a very happy dad.  If we left our lineup the same as we had most of the year, we probably take 6th as a team, but everyone stepped up today.  Regionals in Wellington this Saturday."

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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.