Briggs advances to state tennis meet
Emporia More than a decade has passed since the Lansing High girls tennis program sent a player to the state tournament.
That drought ended Thursday when LHS sophomore Amy Briggs placed third at the Class 5A regional tournament at Emporia High School.
Briggs entered the tournament as the third seed in the singles bracket, and she lived up to the ranking early by posting a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jessica Mitchell of Bonner Springs during the first round.
Up next for Briggs was a quarterfinal matchup with Amanda Roberts of Emporia. Briggs was sharp early as she cruised to a 6-2 victory in set one. Roberts picked up the pace in the second set, however, and forced a third set by taking a 6-2 victory.
With a spot in the state meet at stake, the third set lived up to the hype. Briggs won the first two games, but Roberts rallied and evened the set before ultimately taking a 5-4 lead. With the match on the line, Briggs quickly responded. She won four straight points to even the set at 5-5. Briggs then won the final two games for a 7-5 victory and a berth in the state meet.
Exhausted from a quarterfinal match that lasted more than two hours, Briggs showed signs of fatigue in a 6-1, 6-1 semifinal loss to No. 2-seed Elizabeth Kresie of Topeka West. Briggs rebounded in the consolation finals and defeated Topeka West's Rafi Mayer, 6-1, 6-4.
Briggs will take a 16-5 record with her to the state meet on Oct. 12-13 at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.
For more from regionals and a state meet preview, pick up the Oct. 11 edition of The Current.