Warner, Robinson lead LHS tennis at Gardner
Heavy gusts of wind at the Gardner-Edgerton High School tennis courts made playing difficult for all five teams at the tournament. Lansing High was no exception.
The Lions' No. 1 doubles pair of senior Matt Warner and junior Josh Robinson placed second, but LHS finished third as a team with 10 points. De Soto was first with 22 points and Paola was second with 16.
"Everybody across the board team-wise fought the wind," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said. "In fact, that's the highest type of wind factor that I've ever been out coaching in and had teams competing in. It was a variable, for sure.
Elkins said the wind gave her top doubles team some trouble during the final match as Warner and Robinson struggled with their serves. Prior to advancing to the finals, the twosome tore through their first three opponents.
Lansing's other placer was senior Cory Collins who took third at No. 1 singles. Collins posted a 2-2 record, but he had his most effective day serving.
Up next for Lansing are two junior varsity competitions. LHS will play host to Washington at 3:15 p.m. today at the Lansing High courts. Then, the Lions will compete at Leavenworth on Thursday.
The next scheduled varsity tournament is at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Topeka Hayden. Elkins said injuries and competition during practice had required her to shuffle the lineup. For that tournament, she said freshman Ezra Carpenter and junior Kalon Thrasher would play at No. 2 doubles.