Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2005

Rivalry match on tap

Tennis ready for Leavenworth

April 28, 2005

The Lansing High tennis team had almost two weeks off from competing before Saturday's showing at the Topeka Hayden Tournament. Now the Lions are ready for rivalry week.

LHS competes at 9 a.m. today at Leavenworth in an all-day tournament that coach Bryan Shelley said would kick-start the Lions' push toward the Class 5A state tournament, which begins three weeks from Friday in Topeka.

"We should be full squad and ready to go," Shelley said. "If we can get momentum in this one, we can start piecing things together for regionals."

Another point of emphasis for the Lions today will be beating Leaven-worth. Only the Pioneers' junior varsity squad will be competing, but Shelley said the Lions didn't care. He said they savored any opportunity to play them.

"We get pumped up for this one," Shelley said. "In any sport you want to beat Leavenworth for bragging rights because you never get to see them. In football and basketball we never get to play them, so this is one of the few sports we get to have bragging rights if we beat them. I know it's only their JV, but we still get to beat them."

LHS will use its regular varsity rotation today with seniors Chris Hancock and Chris Bristow at No. 1 doubles, senior David Billard at No. 1 singles, juniors Shawn Jung and Matt Warner at No. 2 doubles and sophomore Josh Robinson at No. 2 singles. The Lions shook up the rotation on Saturday at the Topeka Hayden Tournament when the three seniors took the day off to attend Prom.

Three junior varsity players stepped up to round out the rotation, and Shelley praised the progress they showed at the tournament.

Freshman Mauritz Meyer and sophomore Kalon Thrasher went 1-2 at No. 2 doubles and junior Cory Collins earned a fourth-place finish as he posted a 2-2 mark at No. 2 singles. Shelley said he was proud of how they competed and showed poise under pressure.


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