Robinson, Meyer lead LHS tennis to Leavenworth Tournament title
Lions also place second at Paola
This week's installment of "Best Week Ever" on VH-1 likely won't include Lansing High tennis players Josh Robinson and Mo Meyer, but the pop culture network would be remiss if it didn't at least include the duo.
After all, Robinson and Meyer made a strong case for themselves with their performances this week at the Leavenworth Tournament on Wednesday and Friday morning and the Paola Round-Robin Tournament Thursday.
Lansing won the Leavenworth Tournament, which was halted because of rain and completed Friday morning in Bonner Springs. LHS also placed second at Paola.
Meyer placed first at No. 2 singles at Leavenworth and was second at Paola. Robinson was the No. 1 singles champion at both tournaments.
"It's a good time to be playing well," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said. "I'm really proud of the two of them."
The No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Miskowic and Metin DePaolis finished fourth at Leavenworth. Joe Goll and Stepan Herout played No. 1 doubles at Paola and placed fourth.
Ezra Carpenter and Clayton Hall filled the No. 2 doubles slot at both tournaments. They were the Leavenworth champions and finished third at Paola.
Elkins noted that DePaolis, Goll and Herout all made their first varsity appearances this week. Meanwhile, Miskowic has had roving doubles partners throughout the year. Elkins said she was pleased with the way the doubles teams competed, and the new faces in particular.
"Metin's ground strokes and his finish at the net were quality," she said. "Next year I expect Metin to challenge up, and I expect Joe Goll to challenge up."
With the regional tournament just one week away, Elkins said she was thrilled with the way Robinson and Meyer have been playing.
Robinson, a senior, has played at a high level all season. His record hasn't reflected his performance, though, because he has played a large number of international players with extensive tennis experience. Those matches prepared him to dominate this week, he said.
"It was a good week," Robinson said with a smile. "The competition wasn't quite as international, so I had a little better time. But even losing against some of those guys was a confidence builder because I know I can hit with them. That will help me against other people."
Robinson cruised to the first-place finish at Leavenworth, and he won three of his Paola matches easily. His toughest bout came against Chase Campbell of Gardner-Edgerton. Campbell held a 4-1 advantage before Robinson stormed back to win the match in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-5).
Campbell lost his cool as Robinson rallied, and Elkins said Robinson's constant composure was the difference in the match.
"The guy from Gardner got upset, and his own coach took a point for him for sportsmanship on the court," Elkins said. "My comment to Josh is you're No. 1 in regards to being a gentleman, and two, you've got it mentally. The combination means you're winning matches. As you can see, that's a winning combination."
Meyer kept a clear head during his matches, too. He went 3-1 at Paola, and his only loss was an 8-3 setback against German exchange student Tommy Nibler of Gardner. Meyer posted a 3-0 record at Leavenworth and capped the tournament with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Jobie Buehler in a finals match that began Wednesday and was finished Friday morning.
Meyer dominated the first set Wednesday, but he was slow to get started Friday and had to rally from a 4-3 deficit for the victory.
"I just kind of got warmed up and it was all right," Meyer said. "I just had to concentrate."
Lansing next plays at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational at De Soto.