LHS tennis flat at Gardner
Gardner The Gardner-Edgerton Invitational was supposed to be a day for the Lansing High tennis team to take another step forward in its buildup to Thursday's Class 5A regional tournament.
That didn't quite happen Saturday as the Lions left Gardner with just four victories and a lot of frustration.
"Quite frankly, we did not play our best," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said. "It was probably one of our flattest outings. We were a pretty flat squad across the board. We had leads in sets and didn't mentally stay with things. We didn't finish."
It was a performance uncharacteristic of what Lansing has shown this year. For the first time all season LHS finished near the bottom of the team standings. It tied Baldwin for fifth in the six-team tournament. De Soto won the team title with 32 points. Shawnee Mission Northwest was second with 30 points and Topeka Hayden finished third with 24.
Freshman Amy Briggs and junior Christine Cordes were Lansing's top performers. They posted a 2-3 record and placed third at No. 1 doubles. Senior Heidi Schultz also went 2-3, and she placed fourth at No. 1 singles. Junior Lauren Elkins tied for fourth at No. 2 singles with a 1-4 record. Senior Abby Hauver and junior Sarah Sargent went 0-5 and placed sixth at No. 2 doubles.
Lansing next plays at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Valley. Then the Lions head to Topeka on Thursday for regionals at Kossover Tennis Center, 2540 SW Gage Blve. Other teams in the regional are Topeka West, Shawnee Heights, Topeka Seaman, Highland Park and Emporia.