Ashley Davis, a senior on Lawrence High's girls tennis team, is just as comfortable with a microphone as with a racket.
Davis, who split two matches with teammate Hester Wong to determine the team's No. 1 player, sings country music in her spare time.
"I've been singing in public since I was 14 or 15," Davis said. "When I was in the ninth grade, people kept commenting to me what a country-western voice I had."
Davis has been successful on the tennis court, too. She won one singles match and went 1-1 in doubles Thursday at the Lawrence Tennis Center as the Lions defeated Olathe South, 24-3, and lost to Shawnee Mission South, 4-0.
Davis downed Olathe South's Halle Trupp, 8-3, in singles and teamed with Kate Spano to defeat an Olathe South duo, 6-1. Davis and Wong teamed in doubles against powerful SM South and fell, 8-4.
"THERE'S A LOT of matches I've lost that I should have won," Davis said.
Actually, Davis admits she might feel more comfortable singing than playing tennis. But she never expected to be singing country music, even though a number of people suggested it.
"I didn't like it when people would tell me that," she admitted. "But when I figured out that was where my niche was, then I didn't mind. I would never have expected it. I used to make fun of country music."
A fan of the late Patsy Cline's music, Davis now listens to country "all the time. My friends don't like it," she said. "It's mainly an alternative (at LHS). I wish it were more popular."
BESIDES DAVIS, Lions who claimed singles victories against Olathe South were: Kathrin Walsh, Spano, Allison Sollars, Katie Sackman, Kim Austin, Erin Hubert, Araine Kissam, Cheryl Jones, Catherine Pees, Marlo Terlizzi, Iza Motoyama, Shaina Hunter, Jana Hoisington, Laura Bulkley and Fanta Chansaviang.
"Shawnee Mission South beat us so badly," LHS coach Dick Wedel said, "and we beat Olathe South so badly. It's two ends of the spectrum, and we're kind of in the middle. It's hard to tell what we're like.
"For the most part, the girls tried hard," Wedel said, "and concentrated well in both matches -- and we got blown out in one and won easily in the other."
The Lions will travel on Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday.