Lawrence High girls tennis coach Chris Marshall hasn’t been with his team for very long and has a lot to learn about his players.
But thanks to a 100-degree day, he saw his team struggle in the conditions with one victory on the varsity side and three for the JV on Thursday against Blue Valley Northwest.
“I’ve learned that you can’t predict Kansas weather,” Marshall said.
The lone varsity winner in singles was Natasha Hurt, the No. 7 player. Brooke Braman and Lily Abromeit won their JV singles matches, while Yelena Birit and Emily Wangler won their doubles match.
“To me, these types of matches work like practices to get us ready for later in the season,” Marshall said.
No. 1 player Taylor Eubanks suffered a concussion last Friday and was cleared to play Tuesday. The Lions played a tournament on Wednesday, but Eubanks started getting headaches Thursday and had to forfeit because of the after-effects of the concussion.
Abby Gillam, the No. 4 player who lost a close 8-6 match, said the entire team showed guts for sticking it out in the conditions.
“It was not as brutal as this,” she said, comparing Wednesday’s to Thursday’s matchups. “We all played our hardest and gave it our best so I’m really happy with however we came out today.”