Strong finish for Baldwin High tennis
After winning another team title on Saturday, the Baldwin High School tennis team is prepared to prove it can contend for the state title.
The team finished in first place at DeSoto with 54 points, followed by Ottawa 28, Gardner-Edgerton 24, Paola 20, DeSoto 16, Immaculata 14 and Lansing 12.
"This was a great day for us in the fact that we improved some of our seeds for regionals," said coach Troy Webb. "This will be important in our goal to be regional champions and qualifying for the state tournament."
In No. 1 singles, sophomore Chris Irick finished in first place by beating Kozak of Immaculata 8-1, Morris of Ottawa 8-1, Ben Knoll of Baldwin 8-5 and Mosley of Paola in the championship match, 6-0, 6-0. Irick finished the regular season with a 26-6 record.
"This was a great way for Chris to end the regular season," said Webb. "Mosley had beaten Chris the last three or four times they met. It was no contest today. It was too bad he had to meet Knoll before the finals. It was the best match he had all day."
"I thought I did really well," said Irick. "It was a great day to end
the regular season before heading into regionals."
In No. 2 singles, sophomore Ben Knoll finished the day with a third-place finish at DeSoto. Knoll beat Meinhart of Paola 8-5, Borjas of Gardner-Edgerton 8-3, lost to Irick 8-5 and beat Navarro of DeSoto 8-1 in the consolation round. Knoll finished the regular season with a 28-3 record.
"This was a big day for Ben in terms of seedings for regionals," said Webb. "He beat some number one's that will be at Hayden."
In No. 1 doubles, seniors Eric Jorgensen and Brent Schultz finished second after losing a tie breaker in the championship match. Jorgensen and Schultz beat Lansing 8-1, Gardner-Edgerton 8-1, Immaculata 8-6, and lost to Ottawa 4-6, 6-3, (5-7). Jorgensen and Schultz finished the regular season with a 23-6 record.
"The loss to Ottawa was a little disappointing since we have beaten them twice already," said Webb.
"The first two matches went as well as we could have asked for," said Jorgensen. "When the wind picked up for the last two matches, that distracted us and we didn't play as well. We should have put that past us and played, but we let it get to us."
"This is the second year in a row we've got the one seed and finished second," said Schultz. "It's really disappointing."
In No. 2 doubles, junior Jeff Hill and sophomore Dusty Schultz finished third. These two beat Immaculata 8-0, Lansing 8-5, lost to Ottawa and beat Immaculata (No. 1) 8-4 in the consolation match.
"Like Ben, this team got a couple of big wins today," said Webb. "As a team this year we are 7-1. By far the best team showing of any boys tennis teams in Baldwin history. These guys work very hard in the summer to get to where they are right now. I am glad that they are being rewarded for their efforts."
The junior varsity tennis team also fared well last May 5 with a dual against Lawrence. In singles, senior Nick Nelson lost to Flescher 2-8, senior Dennis Craig beat Yoon 8-3, junior Brad Ikenberry beat Diamond 8-5, junior John Stockdale lost to Gage 8-7, sophomore Ryan Schmidt beat Gering 8-2 and junior Edd Stansberry beat Schulyer 8-5.
In doubles, Nelson and Craig lost to Flescher and Gage; Ikenberry and Stansberry lost to Yoon and Diamond; and Stockdale and Schmidt beat Gering and Schuyler 8-3.
The JV team also competed May 6 at Gardner-Edgerton.
In No. 1 singles, Craig beat Reynolds of Gardner-Edgerton 8-0, Fonseca of DeSoto 8-2 and lost to Wheatley of Gardner-Edgerton.
In No. 2 singles, Schmidt beat Claypool of Spring Hill 8-0, Brant of
Gardner-Edgerton 8-0 and Freeman of DeSoto 8-6.
In No. 1 doubles, Nelson and Stockdale beat Spring Hill 8-4, DeSoto 8-1 and Gardner-Edgerton 8-2.
In No. 2 doubles, Ikenberry and Stansberry beat Spring Hill 8-2, DeSoto 8-2 and Gardner-Edgerton 8-3.
"This was a good couple of days for the JV," said Webb.
The JV team also finished first at the Spring Hill Quad.
Next up for the varsity team will be next Monday at
Topeka-Hayden for the regional competition.
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