BHS tennis smashes opponents
It has been total domination for the Baldwin High School girls tennis team in the early going. The squad has been smashing opponents left and right so far.
At its first meet of the season, the team pulled off one of the hardest things to do in tennis the Bulldogs swept an entire tournament, getting first in every division.
The girls traveled to Topeka on Sept. 4 to compete in the Seaman Invitational. Competing for the Bulldogs were sophomore Kalie Harris (No. 1 singles), senior Sarah Beaulieu (No. 2 singles), senior Colleen Kivett and junior Holly Oakleaf (No. 1 doubles), and junior Carrissa Venable and sophomore Jamie Lawrenz (No. 2 doubles).
Each Bulldog entry placed first with 3-0 records.
"It is a very rare occasion that a team wins all their matches and that is exactly what we did. We do, however, have plenty to work on at our next practices," said coach Ginny Honomichl. Not only did the girls do well, they also had a good time.
"It was exciting for our team to come out undefeated in our first meet," said Harris.
Two days later, the junior varsity team traveled to Bonner Springs. Those competing there were seniors Casey Millstein, Amanda Brandenberger and Jenny Lawyer; juniors Sara Bowlin and Bridget Trybom; sophomores Jena Dick, Lindsay Gastelum, Lan Tu Le and Sarah Regnier; and freshmen Kyleigh Garman, Jessica Hoehn, Maddie Conduff, Elizabeth Beaulieu and Ashley Bjorgaard.
"We had a great start to our season," said JV coach Laura Beaulieu. "Our doubles were strong and we had some great individual moments in singles."
Baldwin overall won 12 matches and lost 10, but dominated the doubles division with six wins to two losses. Winning singles matches were Dick, Brandenberger, Millstein, Regnier, Conduff and Elizabeth Beaulieu. Winning doubles matches for Baldwin were the duos of Brandenberger/Millstein, Regnier/Gastelum, Conduff/Beaulieu (two matches), Trybom/Garmon and Le/Bjordaard.
On Saturday, the varsity Bulldogs traveled to the DeSoto Invitational. As usual, they had much success, sending the same varsity team that dominated at Topeka Seaman. Harris took first at the tournament, as well as both doubles teams consisting of Oakleaf/Kivett, and Venabale/Lawrenz. Beaulieu took fifth, losing her first match and coming back to win her next match.
"We had another fine outing and we were happy to get this tournament played with all the threatening weather," Honomichl said. "We are striking the ball pretty well. We just need to work on our mental focusing."
The team hosts the Baldwin Invitational today, starting at 8 a.m.