Archive for Thursday, October 5, 2006

State tennis berths at stake today

Topeka schools, Emporia stand in Lions’ path

October 5, 2006

The Lansing High tennis team might consider sending a "thank you" note to the Kansas State High School Activities Association for taking LHS out of the same Class 5A regional as St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege.

By avoiding the region's primary country club-grown programs, Lansing enters its 9 a.m. regional today at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka with more cause for optimism. The top four singles players and doubles teams all advance to the state tournament Oct. 13-14 in McPherson.

Senior Heidi Schultz and junior Lauren Elkins will represent LHS in singles at regionals. In doubles, freshman Amy Briggs and junior Christine Cordes will fill the No. 1 slot for Lansing. Senior Abby Hauver and freshman Briana Hall will compete at No. 2 doubles.

"In talking to other coaches, there's a chance if Heidi really is peaking and playing solid tennis, she could get a third or fourth out of that tournament in the new regional," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said.

"I have high hopes for our No. 1 doubles team if they're in sync," she added. "Amy Briggs can run down balls anywhere, and Chrissy is jumping and covering the net. That's what she needs to do is show dominance at the net."

Joining Lansing in the regional are Tecumseh Shawnee Heights, Highland Park, Topeka Seaman, Topeka West and Emporia. LHS hasn't played any of those schools this season, and Rachel Elkins said that could work to her squad's advantage.

"Sometimes it's OK to be the mystery school, because people haven't seen you," she said. "They don't know to go to (someone's) backhand or hit some rainbows. They have to adjust during the match, and it's single-elimination."

Elkins said she doesn't know much about the other teams in the regional other than what she's learned from other coaches.

"From what I've heard is Topeka West probably got the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in singles and possibly one on the doubles," she said. "Shawnee Heighs has a doubles team that possibly will take a top seed. Nobody knows much about Emporia, so they'll be a mystery, and I'm sure we'll be a mystery to all of them."

To find out how the LHS tennis team does at the regional tournament, log on to lansingcurrent.com on Friday or pick up the Oct. 12 edition of The Current.

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