Look for Lawrence High's girls tennis players to plead their cases and bring their campaign managers during the next couple of days of practice.
With the Sunflower League meet set for next week, LHS coach Dick Wedel was sifting through the list of candidates and searching for a lineup following Wednesday's double-dual with Shawnee Mission Northwest and SM West at Lawrence Tennis Center. The Lions split with SM Northwest, 2-2, and swept West, 4-0.
Wedel has penciled in senior Brooke Seymour at No. 1 singles and juniors Katherine Wells and Lisa Dixon at No. 1 doubles for league because of experience.
"I'm pretty open on No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles," Wedel said. "I'm inclining toward the younger girls. I want them to get experience in the big meets so they'll be able to help us next year. I think the seniors understand that, or least they expect it. That doesn't mean there won't be any seniors playing in those positions."
LHS sophomore Sarah Collins and junior Nicole Henry began to lobby for the No. 2 doubles spot after an 8-5 victory over West's Kari Gurstin and Jessica Griffin.
"We played well together," said Collins, who teamed with Henry for the first time this season. "We're trying to talk to the coach about that (final doubles position for league)."
With Wells out with the flu, Henry was a late substitution at doubles.
"We were able to communicate," Collins said of playing with Henry. "We know each other pretty well just as friends."
Added Henry, "We kind of had that wavelength going on."
Sophomores Erin Morgan and Lori Lemesany are another potential LHS doubles combo. They won their doubles match against West, 8-4. Morgan teamed with Dixon to win a doubles match against SM Northwest.
"There's so many things all of them need to work on," Wedel said of the doubles candidates. "Where they want to hit the ball, getting first serves in ... it's incredible what needs to be done. In some years it's clearer than this year. Nos. 2 can be pretty up in the air. It's a luxury to have that all decided."
Seymour continues to roll in singles. She won 8-0 in both matches.
"She wasn't tested, but she was hitting the ball pretty well and moving well," Wedel said. "She got to hit a bunch a balls, run around a lot and didn't get hurt."
Seymour will take an 11-3 record to league and expects to be seeded third behind SM South's Cassie Drake and Free State's Laura Gravino.
"It's nice to get two easy wins under my belt for confidence," Seymour said. "There wasn't much pressure and I was able to attack."
LHS senior Kristin Wong won her singles match against SM West, 8-3.
In the junior varsity duals, the Lions tied SM Northwest and swept SM West.
The Sunflower League meet is Tuesday at Shawnee Mission East.
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