Lansing JV tennis claims 6-3 victory over IMAC
The high school girls tennis scene is expanding rapidly in Leavenworth County, and Lansing High coach Rachel Elkins has been a big part of it by promoting the sport at LHS, by starting the Match Point Tennis Academy and by helping launch Junior Team Tennis this past summer.
Her partner in crime, Immaculata High coach Manuel Hernandez, has been equally instrumental in the sport's growth as he and Elkins have worked side by side to expand tennis in the county.
After running a co-ed team in the spring for the past few years, Immaculata launched its own girls tennis program this fall, and Monday afternoon at David Brewer Park the Raiders' varsity squared off with Lansing's junior varsity in a dual that put on display some of the area's up-and-coming talent.
Lansing claimed a 6-3 victory in the dual, but Elkins said she was impressed with the Raiders' skills and competitiveness during their first outing of the season.
"I was quite impressed with coach Hernandez' new team," she said. "I know a majority of the girls who used to play on the boys' team, and I thought they held our toes to the wire on this one."
Lansing won four of the six singles matches. Anisha Patel claimed an 8-3 victory over Ana Hernandez at No. 1 singles, Marita Meyer took an 8-2 victory over Ashley Roberts at No. 3 singles, Mandy Newby edged Katelyn Wilson 8-6 at No. 5 singles and Samantha Rasdall defeated Meg Murray 8-1 at No. 6 singles.
Immaculata's Michelle Foster beat Lansing's Chelsea Weeks by an 8-1 margin at No. 2 singles and the Raiders' Jessica Budke claimed an 8-1 victory over Emma Moreland at No. 4 singles.
Lansing won two of the three doubles matches with Newby and Rasdall taking an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles and Patel and Weeks hanging on for an 8-7 (9-7) victory over Hernandez and Roberts at No. 1 doubles.
In addition to the regular matches, LHS sophomore Katelyn Cavaleri competed in a singles developmental match that wasn't included in the team scoring. Cavaleri won that match 8-5 against Lauren Ingram.
The Lansing JV returns to the court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mill Valley JV Tournament.