Doubles pairs click at De Soto
De Soto Earlier in the week it was singles players Josh Robinson and Mo Meyer that began to peak.
Saturday it was the doubles duo of Ezra Carpenter and Clayton Hall that finally jelled at the Wildcat Invitational at De Soto High School
The sophomores entered the tournament as the No. 14 seed but won three out of five matches and placed seventh.
"We're kind of a new team, so we just had to get a few matches under our belt before we got to know each other," Hall said.
Hall and Carpenter's two losses came to teams seeded fifth or better. They dropped a 9-7 decision to the No. 3 seed from Spring Hill, but they were nearly flawless the rest of the day.
The strong showing represented a major turning point for the pair. Hall transitioned from singles to doubles this year, and Carpenter - a varsity doubles player last year - cycled through various teammates this season before clicking with Hall.
Now they're on the same page, and they're producing good results.
"Every match we play we get a little bit better," Carpenter said. "We're good friends so we work good together, and it seems like our skills complement each other."
Also Saturday, senior Josh Robinson placed seventh and posted a 3-2 record. Earlier in the week he'd placed first at the Leavenworth Tournament and Paola Round-Robin Tournament, so he finished the week with a 12-2 record.
"The first two tournaments I couldn't ask for more, but this tournament I didn't feel like I played to my full potential," he said. "But overall it's been a good week."
Junior Mo Meyer went 1-2 in singles. Lansing's other doubles team, juniors Daniel Miskowic and Eric Hansen, also went 1-2.
DOUBLES SOLID AT IMAC
Lansing was back in action Monday at the Immaculata Quadrangular at David Brewer Park.
Battling both fatigue and tough competition, Robinson posted a 1-2 record at No. 1 singles.
The rest of the Lions went unblemished. Meyer went 3-0 at No. 2 singles. Carpenter and Hall won all three of their matches at No. 1 doubles and Miskowic and Hansen went 3-0 at No. 2 doubles.
The tournament was the final tune-up for the Class 5A regional tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. today at Bonner Springs High School. A full recap can be found Friday at lansingcurrent.com.