BHS sophomore twosome place seventh at state
For their first time at the state tennis tournament, Baldwin High School sophomores Josh Beaulieu and Dustin Schiller made a good showing.
The doubles team went 3-2 during the two-day tournament, placing seventh in Class 4A.
"I was really happy for them, especially since they are just sophomores," coach Troy Webb said. "The fact that they got seventh is very impressive. It was really their first full year of playing together. I think they were happy with the results."
Beaulieu was pleased with their result, but knows they can do better, which will come,as they get older.
"I was really happy, but I thought we could do a lot better," Beaulieu said. "We are only sophomores this year, so all we can do is improve. All of the teams that beat us were juniors or seniors."
The BHS doubles team began the tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kingman Friday. But then they faced Hayden's No. 1 team and lost 6-3, 6-4. That Hayden team finished second in the state tournament.
Their next match came against Hayden's No. 2, but the Bulldogs were victorious this time, winning 9-4.
Webb thought the Bulldogs gained a good draw in the tournament, because of their regional strength.
"We got a good draw," Webb said. "When you come out of the No. 1 regional like we did, it helps your draw. They got a very good draw and that helped them."
On Saturday, the Bulldogs lost to De Soto 9-7, which placed them in the seventh-place match. In their final match of the tournament, Beaulieu and Schiller defeated Kingman again 9-3 to take seventh.
Webb said the strength of schedule throughout the year helped them achieve success at state.
"They have played some of the top teams all year," Webb said. "We play a pretty tough schedule. That has helped them all year."
The entire state tournament was a learning experience for Beaulieu, who hopes for better success next year.
"It was definitely a learning experience and now we have the feel for state," Beaulieu said. "The experience will help us next year."
Webb was very proud of both players this season.
"I am proud of the way that these 2 guys played all year," Webb said. "This seventh-place finish just topped it off. There were a lot of coaches that were impressed how well they play, especially as sophomores."