Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2008

BHS tennis season ends at sub-state

October 16, 2008

For the second straight year, Baldwin High School seniors Brianna Krysztof and Alyssa Peterson made it to the sub-state round of girls’ tennis.

Although they fell to a Topeka-Hayden team in three sets Saturday, both girls played with great effort to finish off their high school tennis careers. The doubles teams lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Hayden.

“I think we played well,” Peterson said. “We went out with a good bang. It was a long match and we didn’t get blown out. We kept up with them.”

Coach Justin Hoffman thought that the wind played a major factor within the match and that the girls did not adjust as quickly as needed.

“The wind played a factor in the outcome of the match and we simply did not adjust as quickly as we needed to,” Hoffman said. “They played hard and did not leave anything on the court. I am proud of them and the effort they gave, and have given, for the last four years. This group of seniors is special to me as they were freshman when I started coaching the tennis team and I am going to miss them and their leadership next year.”

In the regional round, there was leadership throughout the whole team. Some of the players struggled with the pressure of the tournament and with the thought of sub-state and the pressure or knowing that if you do not win you go home.

Sophomore Kara Protasio was the next player to come close to heading to sub-state. Protasio made it to the second round of regionals and ended falling to De Soto’s Kara Doherty.

“Kara played consistently as usual,” Hoffman said. “She was playing in regionals for the first time and gained some great experience which will help during the course of her tennis career.”

Senior Emily Russell, senior Aubrey Black and sophomore Michaela Krysztof all struggled with their game at the beginning of the day. M. Krysztof played hard to battle her way back but with the late start it was difficult for her to pull through and finish off with a win.

“Regionals didn’t really turn out the way I hoped,” M. Krysztof said. “But it’s just going to give me more motivation for next year.”

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