BHS doubles set for state tourney
Baldwin High School had the top two doubles teams in the Topeka Hayden-based Class 4A Regional Tournament Monday and both advanced to the state meet to be hosted by BHS in Lawrence Friday and Saturday.
BHS's doubles team of Holly Oakleaf and Kalie Harris went 4-0 to become regional champions. To do that, they had to knock off teammates Carissa Venable and Jamie Lawrenz in the finals.
It wasn't easy, but Oakleaf/Harris prevailed 7-5, 1-6, 6-1. It wrapped up the regular season for the pair with a 28-4 record. Venable and Lawrenz wound up with a 31-3 mark.
"Congratulations go to our doubles teams which finished first and second with both qualifying for the state tournament," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "They were definitely the best two doubles teams of the 10 team regional tournament.
"Their championship match at 7 p.m. was a very well played match. It had the attention of the spectators," said Honomichl.
The one-two finish helped the Bulldogs finish second as a team to host Topeka Hayden, 14-9. DeSoto, Lansing and Mill Valley tied for third with three points, followed by Spring Hill, Atchison and Hiawatha, and Perry-Lecompton and Wamego.
In singles play, BHS's Liz Beaulieu and Jena Dick both lost in the first round. Beaulieu ended the season with a 12-11 record and Dick was 9-13.
BHS will now turn its attention to state, which it will play host to in Lawrence Friday and Saturday because of the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin.
"It's now on to the state 4A tournament hosted by us on the Lawrence High School courts Friday and Saturday," she said.