Playing through a blistering heat, the Lansing and Immaculata girls’ tennis teams renewed their rivalry on Tuesday.
On a day where temperatures on the playing service neared triple digits, it was the Lady Lions that got the best of the Lady Raiders — winning all nine matches save for one.
“I think it was a tough day for us and Imac and all the girls did really well considering the heat,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “I’m pleased with the fact that we won all three doubles matches because a couple of those were tight, especially the No. 1 doubles. They were actually behind and came back to win and for being mainly singles players, that was good to see.”
The Lady Lions swept doubles play as Cheyenne English and Katie Rathjean defeated Olivia Wilson and Sydney Simek 8-7 (7-2) in the No. 1 doubles bout. The No. 2 pairing of Alanda Kohl and Valyssa Layton topped Liz Lee and Abby Meirose 8-5 while Savannah Baker and Jenna Hinckley dropped Priscilla Hernandez and Elena Nine 8-0.
Imac’s top highlight and lone win on the day came from the No. 1 singles match where Wilson beat English 8-6.
“Our singles play showed where the hard work of the first few weeks of the season is beginning to pay off,” Raiders coach Manuel Hernandez said. “Olivia maintained consistency in her ground strokes and was able to handle Cheyenne’s mix of shots throughout the match.”
The rest of the singles results included No. 2 singles Rathjean winning 8-2 over Simek, Kohl taking a 8-6 victory over Lee and Layton edging Meirose 8-3. Baker also beat Olivia Theus 8-3 in the No. 5 singles while Hinckley dispatched Hannah Wilson 8-0.
“All the girls, both Imac and Lansing, worked hard today and they battled some high temperatures as they represented their schools well,” Hernandez said. “The Lady Lions were the stronger team today and it was a tough loss for us overall, but I commend them for their efforts.”
Immaculata will next compete in the Sabetha Quad on Thursday while Lansing is at DeSoto on Monday.
Eagles shut out Lady Pioneers
The Leavenworth girls’ tennis team hosted Olathe North Tuesday and had troubles throughout the day with its visitors.
Fighting through oppressive heat, the Lady Pioneers lost all nine matches to the Eagles.
“Unfortunately, it was a tough day out there all around for us,” LV coach Shad Langfoss said. “There were some girls that got light-headed from the heat but it goes both ways and Olathe North played well.”
To begin with, Meagan Brucker and Sydnie Lundy fell in the No. 1 doubles match 8-1 while the No. 2 pairing of Christina Dominique and Megan Kelly were beat 8-2, as was the duo of Anna Salvatorelli and Maggie McDonald.
Page 2 of 2 - In singles play, No. 1 Brucker was topped 8-5, Lundy taken down 8-2 and Dominique defeated 8-1. In the No. 4 singles match, Salvatorelli lost 8-3, Kelly was upended 8-5 and McDonald was tripped up 8-2.
“We are going to work more on serves because we had a few too many double faults today,” Langfoss said. “We are doing good with volleys and I think the girls are getting so much more comfortable at the net that we will continue to encourage that.”
Leavenworth will next compete at the Bishop Miege Tournament on Sept. 14.