Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

LHS tennis cruises at Spring Hill quad

April 2, 2008

Gold was the color of choice for the Lansing High boys tennis team on Tuesday as it dominated the Spring Hill quadrangular.

Lansing's No. 2 singles player and both doubles teams earned first-place finishes, and the No. 1 singles player finished second.

Junior Clayton Hall took a break from doubles to play No. 2 singles, and he cruised to a 3-0 record. He beat Baldwin's Brandon Baltzen, 8-1, Spring Hill's Mason Fortney, 8-2, and then topped Fort Scott's Jeff Johnson, 8-1.

Lansing's No. 1 doubles team of senior Mo Meyer and junior Ezra Carpenter was equally sharp while winning all three of their matches. They blanked Baldwin's Camden Swartz and McKinney Dick, 8-0, and then coasted to an 8-1 victory over Spring Hill's Nick Gilliland and Shane Hollern and an 8-3 victory over Fort Scott's Josh Grant and Dustin Hilliard.

"This quad gave me an opportunity to look at some new doubles combinations and provide some quality playing time for my seventh and eighth guys on the challenge ladder," third-year LHS tennis coach Rachel Elkins said. "I was pleased with Clayton Hall's performance at the two singles position, and the combination of Carpenter and Meyer worked well."

At No. 2 doubles, Lions junior Metin DePaolis and senior Niklas Wagner on 8-3 over Baldwin's Sam cooper and Tim Larson, 8-1 over Spring Hill's Sam Warner and Josh Smith, and 8-2 over Fort Scott's Gabe Quick and Brian Borman.

"Metin DePaolis is primarily a singles player but (he) played some quality doubles with Niklas Wagner," she said.

Senior Dan Miskowic placed second at No. 1 singles. He beat Baldwin's Levi Moore, 8-1, and then fended off Spring Hill's Ben Atwell, 8-5, before falling to Fort Scott's Stephen Buntain, 8-1.

The Lions will be back on the court at 3 p.m. Thursday against Paola at Gardner-Edgerton.

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