Postseason play officially began this past Saturday for high school girls’ tennis teams in the state of Kansas.
All three local squads — Leavenworth, Lansing and Immaculata — were in action at their respective regional tournaments. From those teams, Lady Lions Cheyenne English, Alanda Kohl and Valyssa Layton advanced on to next week’s state competition while the rest saw the 2012 season come to a close.
Here is a quick rundown of each school’s weekend:
LEAVENWORTH The doubles pairing of Meagan Brocker and Sydnie Lundy was the lone Leavenworth unit to advance out of the first round of the Lady Pioneers’ regional in Topeka.
Jailyn Settles and Anna Salvatorelli fell in their opening singles’ matches while Christina Dominque and Megan Kelly lost in doubles. Following its win, however, the Brocker/Lundy combination lost its next two matches to get bounced from the bracket.
“I know a lot of the girls had fun this year,” LV coach Shad Langfoss said. “We will lose four seniors, but I think we will have quite a few juniors, sophomores and freshmen coming out, so we will just go to work this offseason and look forward to next year.”
LANSING Though the Lady Lions didn’t walk away with any titles from its Overland Park regional, it did bring home three tickets to the 5A state tournament.
“All the hard work these girls have put in over the last three summers really paid off on Saturday,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “When I took the program over three years ago, this was the season I had tagged as the best chance of reaching state and the girls really came through.”
Every Lady Lion won their first round match, which besides English, Kohl and Layton included Katie Rathjen, Keli Myracle and Jenna Hinckley. Following the opening round, English won her next singles match before losing her final two bouts to place fourth.
Kohl and Layton lost their second round matchup, but rallied to win its elimination contest and then placed sixth after losing its final match. Rathjen and the doubles pairing of Myracle and Hinckley lost their next two contests to finish the day 1-2.
The 5A state tournament will take place at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka with matches starting on Friday and lasting until Saturday.
IMMACULATA Olivia Wilson delivered the only Immaculata victory at the team’s regional tournament in Neodesha. She won her first singles match, but lost the next two to see her season come to a close.
Page 2 of 2 - Lady Raiders Sydney Simek, along with the Imac pairings of Liz Lee/Abigail Meirose and Priscilla Hernandez/Elena Nine, all lost their opening round matches.
“Olivia is one of my few four-year tennis players and a young lady who has made my tennis coaching experience a real blessing,” Imac coach Manuel Hernandez said of his senior. “I am sincerely proud of her and grateful for the opportunity to have coached her these four years.”