Katie Logan, No. 2 doubles team go 3-0 in LHS tennis quadrangular

LHS No. 2 singles player Katie Logan returns a serve against Shawnee Mission West. Logan finished 3-0 in the LHS quadrangular on Monday, Sept. 23.

As she built momentum from match to match, Katie Logan could feel here aggressive play leading to better shots, even with her first two matches starting off “a little rocky.”

“I was getting more motivated when I saw that my shots were working really well for me,” Logan said.

Logan, who went 3-0 as Lawrence High’s No. 2 singles player, led the way for LHS in the Lions’ quadrangular against Shawnee Mission Northwest, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission West on Monday afternoon.

While she won her first two matches against SM Northwest (8-7(5)) and Mill Valley (8-2), Logan felt she wasn’t turning enough with her forehand swings, leading to some errant shots.

“If you can’t turn, your ball’s not going to go (inbounds),” Logan said. “I finally fixed that midway through my second (match), and I guess it kind of went up from there.”

Once she figured out her shot, Logan said her third match, a 8-1 win over SM West, went “really well.”

“I just decided to hit aggressive shots and she couldn’t hit them back,” Logan said.

Her teammate Lilli Derby, LHS’ No. 1 singles player, picked up a 8-2 win over SM Northwest but finished with a 1-2 clip on the day.

“I’ll definitely learn from my mistakes and use those for future matches,” Derby said. “I made a few errors, and I think I could’ve played a little better.”

Logan also said she can tweak some aspects of her game and rely more on forcing opponents’ mistakes with the aforementioned aggressive play.

“(I need to) focus more on self-evaluation to figure out what I’m doing wrong, rather than forcing (my opponents) to make mistakes,” Logan said.

One aspect that didn’t need to change, though, was the weather. The heat didn’t play a factor for either Derby or Logan in singles play, with Monday’s quadrangular being a bit more “modest compared to the prior few meets we’ve had.”

“If it’s really hot, it’s kind of a drag,” Logan said. “If it’s really cold, it is as well. But if it’s nice and there’s not much wind (like Monday), it’s perfect.”

In doubles play, LHS’ No. 1 pair Lana Chieu and Laura Teska finished with a 1-2 clip, recording a 8-4 win over SM Northwest. Meanwhile, Bella Kirkwood and Ryleigh Leon went 3-0, highlighted by a 8-0 win over SM Northwest and a 8-6 win over Mill Valley.

LHS girls tennis next plays in a dual at home against Bonner Springs at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Results

No. 1 Singles: Lilli Derby, 1-2; 8-5 win over SM Northwest, 8-0 loss to Mill Valley, 8-2 loss to SM West

No. 2 Singles: Katie Logan, 3-0; 8-7(5) win over SM Northwest, 8-2 win over Mill Valley, 8-1 win over SM West

No. 1 Doubles: Lana Chieu and Laura Teska, 1-2; 8-4 win over SM Northwest, 8-7(7) loss to Mill Valley, 8-4 loss to SM West

No. 2 Doubles: Bella Kirkwood and Ryleigh Leon, 3-0; 8-0 win over SM Northwest, 8-6 win over Mill Valley, 8-3 win over SM West

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