Busy week for BHS tennis
The Baldwin High School tennis team turned in a pair of second-place finishes and a sixth-place finish in heavy tournament action last week.
First off was the Bulldog's own Baldwin Invitational Tournament Wednesday. There, BHS finished second to Topeka Hayden (40-32), with Mill Valley third at 24 and DeSoto fourth with 22 in the 10-team field.
"Wow, what a long hot and windy day of tennis," said coach Ginny Honomichl about the BIT. "Congratulations go to our team on the second-place finish in this tournament. A special congratulations goes to our doubles teams which went undefeated on the day."
On Saturday, the team split with varsity players going to two tournaments. The group that went to the Hayden Invitational Tournament finished second behind Hayden again (60-48), while the other group finished sixth at Smoky Valley where numerous top Class 4A teams competed.
"These girls went out and played hard all day even though most have had limited varsity experience," said assistant coach Laura Beaulieu about the Smoky Valley bunch. "We were very excited about each girl winning third place and very proud of the second-place team medal."
In BIT action, No. 1 doubles Holly Oakleaf and Kalie Harris and No. 2 doubles Carissa Venable and Jamie Lawrenz both finished with 6-0 records and first-place finishes. No. 1 single Jenna Dick and No. 2 single Liz Beaulieu both finished with 2-2 records and didn't place.
At the Hayden tourney, third-place medals were won by: Beaulieu, No. 1 single, 4-1 record; No. 2 single Madeline Conduff, 4-1; No. 1 doubles of Sarah Regnier and Lindsay Gastelum, 3-2; and No. 2 doubles Jessica Hoehn and Katie Beall, 4-1.
No. 2 doubles Venable and Lawrenz turned in the best performance at Smoky Valley with a 5-1 record good for second place. No. 1 doubles Oakleaf and Harris went 4-2 for fourth. No. 2 single Kyleigh Garman was 2-3 and finished seventh. Dick, at No. 1 single, went 1-4 for ninth.
"It was a full day of quality tennis," Honomichl said of the Smoky Valley tournament. "Congratulations go to our doubles teams which were both medal winners. I was a little disappointed in our team finish as sixth of 12. I thought a top four spot was within our reach and it would have been if either of our very close final doubles matches would have been victories.
"We had the opportunity to play some top-quality teams in 4A tennis and now know what improvements are needed to raise the level of our play," she said. "Another very tough tournament is coming up this Saturday at Wichita Collegiate with 14 teams competing."
Honomichl also praised the junior varsity team for stepping up and playing in the BIT.
"Thanks goes to our JV squad who filled in as the 10th team when Mill Valley was added to this tournament," said Honomichl.
Although they didn't place, Regnier played No. 1 single, Beall played No. 2 single, Gastelum and Conduff played No. 1 doubles, and Bridget Trybom and Garman played No. 2 doubles.