Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Meyer shines at Mill Valley Tourney

LHS junior places second at No. 2 singles, posts 3-2 record

March 29, 2007

The Lansing High tennis team opened its season Wednesday with a third-place finish at the Mill Valley Tournament, but the highlight of the day for LHS was the breakthrough performance of junior Mo Meyer.

Meyer played No. 2 doubles for the Lansing varsity as a sophomore, but he struggled with his confidence most of the season.

Meyer committed to offseason practice, however, and the result of that extra preparation was obvious at Mill Valley as Meyer posted a 3-2 record and placed second overall at No. 2 singles.

"It was a matter of his high school coach, his mom and Mo himself coming up with a plan to work in the offseason to overcome that (confidence issue)," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said. "What's great is here's the plan, and all of a sudden it materializes at a tournament. It just all came together for him. He's always had the technical skills to be a good player, and now he's a very confident player on the court."

Meyer's serve and ground strokes were solid as he went 3-1 in his pool play matches and earned a spot in the finals where he eventually lost, 8-2, to a player from Bishop Miege.

"It was Mo's fifth match of the day and he had a few more unforced errors than in the morning," Elkins said. "But it was a very quality Bishop Miege player and Mo had his challenge. It was 8-2, but they had a lot of long rallies so the score doesn't really reflect how the match went. I'm very pleased with his performance.

Senior Josh Robinson competed at No. 1 singles and went 2-2, but he narrowly missed medaling.

Lansing struggled in its doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles pair of sophomore Ezra Carpenter and junior Daniel Miskowic went 0-4 but lost three close matches to quality competition. The No. 2 doubles team of senior Kalon Thrasher and junior Eric Hansen went 1-3.

Lansing next plays at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, against Paola at Gardner-Edgerton High School.

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