For the second straight day, the Lansing girls’ tennis team was victorious on the road.
Competing in its final match before regional play, the Lady Lions won first at Gardner-Edgerton after it went 9-3 against its host, DeSoto and Baldwin.
“We continued to take points off here and there, but we are doing a better job of not being lax during the match,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “What worries me is that Saturday, we can’t take any points off so that will be our biggest test yet.”
Beginning with No. 1 singles action, Lady Lion No. 1 Cheyenne English went 1-2 after beating Baldwin 8-5 but losing to her Gardner opponent, 0-8, and then DeSoto 1-8. Lansing’s No. 2 singles Katie Rathjen was 2-1 following a 8-4 loss to Gardner. She then rebounded to win 8-1 over DeSoto and 8-2 against Baldwin.
Both Lady Lions’ doubles teams were a perfect 3-0. The No. 1 pairing of Alanda Kohl and Valyssa Layton beat Gardner 8-1, DeSoto 8-2 and Baldwin 8-3, while the No. 2 duo of Jenna Hinckley and Keli Myracle defeated Gardner 8-2, DeSoto 8-4 and Baldwin 8-3.
The Lady Lions will play its regional tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park on Saturday with times to be announced.
“We just have to have a sense of urgency,” Fenton said, “because after regionals, nothing is guaranteed.”