Tennis team has depth, talent
Depth and experience are two things the Lansing High tennis team is heavy on this season.
The roster boasts just 13 players, but nine of them played last season at LHS. Three of them are returning varsity players. Another, junior Daniel Miskowic, is a transfer student who played varsity tennis at Atchison last season.
All of that experience has second-year coach Rachel Elkins optimistic about the team's chances of success this season.
"They're not going to go in cold this year to playing competitive tennis," she said, noting that the entire team consists of sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The most experienced of those players is senior Josh Robinson. A four-year player at LHS and third-year varsity player, Robinson will play No. 1 singles this season. He played No. 2 singles as a sophomore and then paired with Matt Warner at No. 1 doubles last year.
"He's really fundamentally sound, so he's going to switch back to singles," Elkins said. "I'm comfortable with that."
Junior Mo Meyer will play No. 2 singles, the same position he held on the varsity as a sophomore.
The other returning varsity player, sophomore Ezra Carpenter, excelled as a doubles player last year. He will begin the year playing No. 2 doubles with junior Eric Hansen.
Senior Kalon Thrasher and Miskowic will team up at No. 1 doubles.
Lansing's other returners all gained valuable experience on the junior varsity last season. Those players - sophomores Metin DePaolis, Joe Goll, Clayton Hall and Nick Novack - all have improved since last year, Elkins said.
"Joe Goll's going ot make some great contributions to the JV, and he's right on the cusp (of being on varsity)," Elkins said. "Metin did some offseason work, and you can really tell. His game really developed."
The three new faces to the sport all are exchange students, but Elkins said she has high hopes for junior Brazilian Robson Kagawa and seniors Stepan Herout (Czech Republic) and Malte Sandhove (Germany).
LHS opened its season Wednesday at Mill Valley.