The Lansing Lions tennis program has had success under head coach Eddie Fenton including at least one state qualifier every season since 2012.
The 2018 team looks to continue that success. With 12 returning players and four seniors, the Lions will look to reach the team goals of getting back to state.
The four seniors, Trinity Hall, Mirinda Lowery, Darby Mance and Gracie Schneider, will all be some of the biggest key contributors for the Lions this season as all have experience needed to help the goal become a reality.
With the change to the United Kansas Conference, the Lions will finally have a true conference tournament, which Fenton feels like the Lions will no longer have a disadvantage.
“We will finally have a true conference tournament,” Fenton said. “In the past we’ve never had the opportunity and I feel like we’ve been at a little disadvantage compared to the schools who have a conference tourney to prepare them for regionals.”
The Lions won’t have to travel far for the tournament as Lansing will host the inaugural tournament. Fenton is looking forward to it being at Lansing as it gives an opportunity for the community to come support the team.
“I’m hoping we’ll have a nice turnout of parents and students coming to watch. It’s always nice to attend a tourney during the week and see teachers from the host school bring their classes out to cheer their kids on,” he said.
Although the team will look for success, they first will have to look forward to beating Mother Nature as the dual against Spring Hill has been affected twice by weather last week and Tuesday to start the season.