BHS tennis team finishes second
After three weeks of practice, the Baldwin High School tennis team finaly got a chance to showcase its talent Thursday. The varsity squad traveled to the Topeka Seaman Invitational, where the Bulldogs took second place with 23 points, just four points behind first place Shawnee Heights.
Highlighting the varsity's day was the No. 1 doubles team of seniors Kalie Harris and Jamie Lawrenz. The duo went 4-0, placing first. The No. 2 doubles team of senior Lindsay Gastelum and junior Lindsey Hitchcock made their varsity debuts and went 3-1 to place fourth.
"Both groups are learning to play together pretty well," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "I not sure yet if the No. 2 team will stay a team though."
"Our first game was rough because we hadn't played together before," said Hitchcock, "but it got better as they day went on."
In singles action, the No. 1 player, senior Jena Dick, split her matches going 2-2 to place fifth and junior Liz Beaulieu went 2-1, placing fourth.
"This was a solid start for us in all divisions of play," said Honomichl. "Our young ladies handled the length of the tournament (3-11 p.m.) well for our first outing."
The JV team had a successful day as well, winning four out of four doubles matches and six out of eight singles matches from Olathe East.
"With the limited practicing that the girls have been able to do with the weather, this was a surprisingly great way to start our season," said assistant coach Laura Beaulieu. "We typically have good depth to our JV squad and that tradition seems to be continuing."
"It was kind of a major wake up call for some of us that hadn't played before," said sophomore Morgan Grissum. "We need to stay more focused when we play."
The varsity and JV's next action is Thursday in Bonner Springs when both teams take on the Braves. The meet begins at 3 p.m.