BHS tennis squad endures elite tournament
The Baldwin High School girls' tennis team continued its season this week amid sultry conditions and many obstacles. Despite the slightly unfavorable circumstances, the girls managed to compete successfully.
The first competition for the week was Sep. 14 at the Baldwin Invitational. The team competed well and finished third overall behind Topeka-Hayden and DeSoto.
Andrea Hamilton (2-2) played No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs and Katie Ikenberry (1-3) played No. 2 singles. Also playing No. 2 singles and faltering only slightly was teammate Mary Clippinger, who dropped only a single match and placed second.
No. 1 doubles team of Katie Beall and Kristen Ferris had a spectacular showing finishing 4-1 on the day for second place. The duo of Emily Krysztof and Morgan Grissum took fourth place in No. 2 doubles finishing with a 3-2 record.
The players continued their season on Saturday at the prestigious Smoky Valley Invitational in Lindsborg. This high-caliber meet featured only teams with a reputation of placing highly at the state meet.
This invite-only outing showcases the best of the best in Kansas and is comparable to the state meet with most teams traveling about three hours to compete.
The individual results were quite impressive despite the stiff competition. Beall and Ferris, No. 1 doubles, finished second on the day winning all of their pool play games before falling to Parsons in the finals 8-2.
No. 2 doubles duo of Rose Garrison and Grissum concluded with a fifth-place finish, going 2-2 overall. Clippinger also went 2-2 on the day finishing fifth in No. 2 singles and Hamilton finished seventh in No. 1 singles.
Coach Laura Beaulieu was extremely pleased with the efforts of the team and is optimistic about what is to come.
"We were very pleased with the results because last year our highest placing was fifth," Beaulieu said. "I am ecstatic about our doubles and we will be tough competition in regionals this year."
The junior varsity continues their season at home today and the varsity action resumes on Tuesday at Hayden.