Hall, Griffen win gold at Gardner
Gardner Two weeks after making a strong showing at the Shawnee Heights Doubles Tournament that ended with a third-place finish, Lansing High doubles players Briana Hall and Katelyn Griffen have added a gold medal to their collection.
The sophomore duo placed first in the No. 2 doubles bracket on Tuesday at the Blazer Invitational at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
Hall and Griffen posted a 3-1 record in pool play, and by winning their pool they earned a spot in the finals against a pair from Shawnee Mission East. Hall and Griffen won the match, 8-6, and notched a first-place finish for the first time this season.
"Today they played real smart," LHS coach Rachel Elkins said. "What I like is they're showing good doubles tactics and they're communicating very well. Also, they both served a high percentage."
With the exception of an 8-2 setback to Sierra Amon and May Simpson of Lawrence Free State during pool play, Hall and Griffen were nearly flawless all day.
Sophomore Amy Briggs also had a solid day for LHS. She posted a 2-2 record at No. 1 singles and narrowly missed advancing to the third-place match.
Sophomore Ashley Harrington turned in a 1-3 record at No. 2 singles, and senior Christine Cordes and sophomore Anisha Patel went 1-3 at No. 1 doubles. Cordes and Patel had to take an injury default in their final match against Free State after a back injury flared up on Cordes.