BHS tennis takes second once again
For the third consecutive week, the Baldwin High School girls tennis team came away from a tournament as runners-up. The squad competed in the Topeka Hayden Invitational Saturday. The squad also placed second at their own Baldwin Invitational last Wednesday. In both competitions, the Bulldogs fell short to Class 4A foe Topeka Hayden.
The undefeated doubles team of senior Suzie Weege and sophomore Holly Oakleaf brought home a gold again with a 4-0 record. The duo also won the championship at the Baldwin Invitational as well. Oakleaf was one half of the Baldwin 4A state championship doubles team last year, teaming up with graduating senior Natalie Moreau.
"Things are gong smoothly, only to get better," Weege said of her and Oakleaf's early season success.
Oakleaf and Weege were named the Lawrence Journal-World's Area Athletes of the Week for their winning efforts.
Sophomore Carissa Venable and junior Colleen Kivett placed second in doubles at Hayden. Their only loss was to Weege and Oakleaf in the championship match. At the Baldwin Invitational, Kivett and Venable won the championship in No. 2 doubles with a 5-0 record.
Competing "unattached," senior Summer Taul and junior Jodie Bacon finished ninth at Hayden, but had a winning record of 4-1. These Bulldog players took the place of Perry Lecompton's No. 2 doubles team and competed "independently." They could compete in the tournament, but could not score team points for BHS because teams can only enter two doubles teams. The only losses for Baldwin doubles teams came to each other.
In the singles competition, junior Sarah Beaulieu had a 1-2 record in singles and freshman Kalie Harris took 10th place with a 3-2 record at Hayden.
At the Baldwin Invitational, Beaulieu was fourth in No. 1 singles with a 2-3 record. No. 2 single Melissa Johnson went 3-2 and finished third.
Topeka Hayden won the Baldwin Invitational with 34 points, followed by BHS with 30, Chanute (24), DeSoto (24), Iola (8), Lansing and Gardner (both with four) and Bonner Springs (two).
"It was a beautiful day for tennis and a beautiful day of tennis," said coach Ginny Honomichl about the Baldwin Invitational. "The race for the team title was close, as was the race for third place.
"Congratulations go to our doubles champions in both divisions. Holly and Suzie only lost one game all day in five matches," said Honomichl. "Colleen and Carissa were also tough, losing only four games all day. Our singles play is showing improvement and remains competitive with our third and fourth place finishes."
The team will play again Saturday at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.