Lensing brings two titles back to Briarfield|[5/19/06]
Published 12:00 am Friday, May 19, 2006
LAKE PROVIDENCE – Briarfield Academy sophomore Lori Lensing had quite a week recently. Not only did Lensing help lead the Lady Rebels to the MPSA Class A girls tennis title, she also added an individual title at the MPSA Class A Track and Field meet at Mississippi College in Clinton a few days later.
Winning the team championship in tennis was particulary gratifying for Lensing.
“Basically what happened is Ainsley Moore of River Oaks lost in the finals,” Lensing said. “She hadn’t lost a match since seventh grade but some girl from Laurel Christian beat her.”
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Because River Oaks didn’t get that last point from Moore, Briarfield became the team champion with four match points. River Oaks was the two-time defending Class A champions.
Lori teamed up with her older sister Callie to win No. 1 doubles by beating a team from Huntington School 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.
The No. 2 doubles team of junior Carleigh Keene and eighth grader Aryn Brown defeated a pair from Humphreys Academy in straight sets for a second doubles title.
Playing with Callie, a senior, is different than playing singles, Lori said.
“It didn’t really bother me playing doubles with her. At least when she’s not in a bad mood. Then it’s not fun. When she’s not happy, she gives me that dirty look with her eyes,” Lensing said.
With Callie graduating, Lensing will have a new partner in a bid to repeat in No. 1 doubles – probably Keene, who won won all 12 of her matches this season with Brown.
Three days after winning a tennis title, Lori was running track at MC in a new event, the 800 run.
Lensing had to contend with two-time defending champion Sara Story, from Veritas, in the event. Lensing won by about 10 feet to claim the state title.
“It was something I had never run before this year. It was tough at the state meet because it was raining. It got heavy during the race,” said Lensing, who also plays basketball and cheers for Briarfield.