Three in a row! Shawnee Mission East takes girls state tennis title again

For the third year in a row, Shawnee Mission East’s girls tennis team is tops in the state.

SM East's state-champion tennis team celebrating in Maize on Sunday.
SM East’s state-champion tennis team celebrating in Maize on Sunday.
Led by senior singles standout Olivia Sneed, the Lancers easily outpaced second-place Blue Valley North in the 6A team competition, amassing 48 points to the Mustangs’ 28.

Sneed cruised to the individual singles title, dropping just nine games and no sets in her four matches over two days. Sneed faced Lawrence Free State’s Alexis Czapinski, who had knocked off Sneed’s SM East teammate Elizabeth Barnickel in the semi-finals, in the championship match. Sneed defeated Czapinski 6-1, 6-1, and Barnickel rebounded in her consolation match against Topeka Washburn Rural’s Madeline Hill to take third place overall.

SM East’s double’s team of junior Stephanie Wilcox and sophomore Aidan Epstein fared well, too, making it to the championship match, where they fell to Blue Valley’s Alexa Tiefel and Morgan Steffes.

The 6A championship is the Lancers’ eighth as since KSHSAA began awarding team titles in 1989.