Archive for Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lions win Wildcat Invitational

Lansing High junior Allison Dillon competes on Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational.

Lansing High junior Allison Dillon competes on Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational.

September 28, 2008

— The Lansing High tennis team's red-hot season got even better on a red-hot day Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational.

On a hot, sunny day with temperatures in the 80s, the Lions handled the heat - and the opposition - in impressive fashion while rolling to a first-place finish at De Soto High School.

Individually, singles player Amy Briggs and the doubles team of Ariana Domke and Anisha Patel earned third-place finishes in the 16-player brackets. In addition, doubles players Ashley Harrington and Katelyn Griffen placed fifth and singles player Allison Dillon finished sixth.

As a team, Lansing piled up 38 points, well ahead of runner-up Kansas City Christian's 26. Leavenworth and Mill Valley tied for third with 21 points apiece.

Briggs, the tournament's No. 2 seed, started the day with a bang as she cruised to an 8-0 victory over Bonner Springs' Meghan Miller in the first round. Briggs then posted an 8-1 victory over Atchison's Tiffany Grand to advance to the semifinals.

Briggs' toughest match of the day came against No. 3 seed Bre Alholm of Kansas City Christian. In a match that featured numerous long volleys, Alholm defeated Briggs, 8-3. Alholm fell to Mill Valley's Lindsey Buenger in the finals, 8-4. In the third-place match, Briggs beat Leavenworth's Paige Sheaks, 8-0.

Domke and Patel, the tournament's No. 3 seed, made quick work of their early opponents, claiming 8-3 victories over Emily Boerkel and Anna Cline of Atchison and Lauren Heinen and Ashley Cole of Gardner-Edgerton.

Tournament champions Susie Gulley and Hana Lindbloom of De Soto knocked off Domke and Patel in the semifinals, 8-1, but the pair bounced back for an 8-6 win against Leavenworth's Andrea Messen and Emily Harper in the third-place match.

Harrington and Griffen, the No. 15 seed in the bracket, dropped their first match of the day - an 8-2 setback against Gulley and Lindbloom - but bounced back to win their final four matches of the day. They beat Shelby Moore and Katie Bauer of Mill Valley, 8-5; Breanna Tendick and Samantha Haas of Bonner Springs, 8-5; Michelle Sunderland and Caroline Toler of KC Christian, 8-1; and Gardner's Heinen and Cole, 8-5.

Dillon began the day as the No. 11 seed, and she compiled a 2-2 record for the day. She upset No. 6 seed Molly Sevcik of Leavenworth, 8-0 and lost a hard-fought second-round match to Alholm, 8-3. Dillon then beat No. 10 seed Tiffany Grand Pre of Atchison, 8-3, before falling to No. 8 seed Megan Larrabee of KC Christian, 6-2, in the final match of the day.

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