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League tennis on tap

May 10, 2005

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Recently, Lawrence High tennis coach Dick Wedel has made sure the only grade-point average seniors Tommy Johnson and Rahul Gogineni kept track of was in the classroom.

"We've talked about that tennis GPA, and I think that it's coming up," Wedel said. "Today, they're up to 3.0. I think they're not going to overwhelm anybody, but if they'll do what they can do, get the ball low over the middle, they can be pretty competitive."

The duo, each of whom has signed to play next season at Grinnell College in Iowa, recently have become doubles partners and will look to improve those marks in their coach's eyes today at the Sunflower League meet, which the Lions are playing host to.

Play begins at 9:00 a.m., with doubles at Robinson Courts and singles at the Lawrence Tennis Center. All championship and third-place matches will be held at LHS.

Johnson and Gogineni are 4-5 since joining as doubles partners. And while Johnson enjoys playing with his best friend he won't have a chance at league to avenge his loss to Free State senior Keith Pipkin -- a feat Johnson accomplished last year.

For the second straight year, Pipkin ousted Johnson at the intracity dual April 12, but that was when Johnson was playing singles. Wedel said Johnson didn't mind playing doubles because it gave him a better chance to advance at league and, in the end, could improve the team's showing.

Pairings for the four flights will be set at 7:45 a.m. today at a coaches meeting.

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