Underclassmen sparkle for LHS in season-opening tennis victory over Spring Hill
The Lansing High tennis team took an all-sophomore varsity lineup to its season-opening dual Thursday at Spring Hill, and the youngsters played like veterans in claiming a 7-2 victory on a windy afternoon.
The Lions went 4-2 in singles matches and posted a 3-0 mark in doubles action.
In addition, the Lansing junior varsity - consisting entirely of freshmen and sophomores - posted a 6-0 victory over Spring Hill by winning the lone singles match and all five doubles matches.
Third-year LHS coach Rachel Elkins said she was thrilled to see both the varsity and JV play so solid this early in the season.
"I was pleased with their overall play and ability to adjust to the wind," she said. "We hadn't had much wind to practice in, so it was a great mental adjustment by both teams."
Sophomores Amy Briggs and Ashley Harrington set the tone early with lopsided singles victories. Briggs played at No. 1 singles and claimed an 8-0 decision against Valerie Grigoryeva. Meanwhile, Harrington rolled to an 8-1 victory over Rachel Bloodgood at No. 2 singles.
Lansing's other singles victories came from sophomore Ariana Domke and Katelyn Griffen. Domke, playing at No. 4 singles, earned an 8-5 victory over Taylor King. Griffen filled the No. 6 slot and earned an 8-6 decision against Franziska Trautvetten.
Sophomores Allison Dillon (No. 3 singles) and Briana Hall (No. 5 singles) suffered the lone setbacks of the day with narrow defeats.
Briggs and Harrington teamed to play No. 1 doubles, Domke and Dillon played No. 2 and Hall and Griffen were No. 3. All three squads collected 8-5 victories.
In JV competition, freshman Emma Moreland played the lone singles match and collected a 6-0 victory against Patty Duncan. Moreland also teamed with fellow freshman Marita Meyer to win two doubles matches.
"Emma Moreland played two doubles matches and one singles match," Elkins said. "I was very pleased with her improved footwork, consistent ground strokes and service percentage."
In other JV doubles matches, Anisha Patel and Chelsea Weeks defeated Hannah Rocker and Jessica MacNicol in a tiebreaker, 6-5 (6-2). Weeks then teamed with Lauren Ingram to defeat Monica Casanova and Ashley Ramey, 6-0. Mandy Newby and Samantha Radsall collected the other doubles victory for LHS by edging Kaylee Lucas and Jessica Hopson, 6-4.
Senior captains Christine Cordes and Lauren Elkins were held out of the tournament in order to give the younger players varsity experience. Both will be back in action at 9 a.m. Saturday as doubles teammates when the varsity travels to Shawnee Heights.