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Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

Lions climb tennis ladder

Youthful LHS squad draws with SM South, 2-2, after falling to Olathe South, 3-1

September 6, 2001

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It was another step forward for the Lawrence High girls' tennis team on Wednesday, even if the results didn't indicate as much.

The Lions, who have 25 sophomore and juniors on the 42-player roster, dropped a 3-1 decision to Olathe South and split with Shawnee Mission South, 2-2, at the Lawrence Tennis Center.

Although Lawrence dropped the majority of its matches, coach Dick Wedel saw an improvement from the team's opening 8-1 loss to Blue Valley Northwest.

"I thought we looked better," Wedel said. "I think the girls competed more, and they knew a little more about playing a match, especially in the (junior varsity) matches."

That's not to say the Lions were perfect, of course.

"I thought the varsity played pretty well," Wedel said, "(but) there's some things that we really have to work on. I'm happy with the doubles wins that we got, but we have some issues. I want them to play more side-to-side. I don't like to see up-and-back doubles."

The doubles wins were by Erin Morgan and Sarah Collins, 8-1 over Olathe South's Slivani Desai and Andre Volin, and Sara Olson and Becca Fritzel, 8-5 over Stephanie Cooper and Kehly Druen of SMS.

"We were both getting our serves in which helped a lot because we've been having trouble with that," Collins said. "We worked together and covered each other very well."

Wedel was impressed by his team's tenacity, especially Sydney Lartigue's 8-7 (7-5) JV singles loss and Olson and Fritzel's 8-6 loss to Olathe South's Kali Meredith and Vanessa Gower.

"They got in a big hole," Wedel said of Olson and Fritzel. "They were down 6-1 and they came back and ended up losing, 8-6. They did a terrific job getting back in. We just have to not get in the hole to start with. I guess I probably need to take away their shovels at the beginning instead of the end."

Abby Olson, Sara's sister, picked up the lone singles victory for Lawrence. Abby defeated Emily Huffhines of SMS, 8-2.

"All I really had to do was keep the ball in play and make sure each point mattered," she said.

The Lions will play host to Missouri powerhouse KC Pembroke Hill today.

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