BHS girls host home tournament
The Baldwin High School girls' tennis team opened at home for the first time this year with the Baldwin Invitational Tournament Sept. 17.
The girls had some injuries the day before with senior Alyssa Peterson hurting her ankle and being unable to play. Coach Justin Hoffman had to do some last-minute lineup changes. Peterson's doubles' partner, senior Brianna Krysztof was partnered with her sister, sophomore Michaela Krysztof.
The Krysztofs played No. 1 doubles and ended up playing very well. They missed finishing in the top four by just a hair as they went 2-2 on the day.
They beat Iola's doubles team 8-6 and Perry-Lecompton 8-0. However, they were defeated by Topeka-Hayden 8-6 and Parsons 8-7 (9-7).
"Michaela Krysztof is really improving her serve," Hoffman said, "She is starting to put some 'pop' into it."
Sophomore Kara Protasio was the team's only placer at the tournament. Protasio placed third at No. 2 singles. She went 3-1 in pool play and won her third-place match against Lansing's Allison Dillon, 8-3.
Protasio defeated Valerie Winslow of Iola (8-2), Parsons' Amy Shaw (8-6) and Perry-Lecompton's Katya Kalinichenko (8-1). Her only loss came against Hayden's Sophie Frear (8-1), who placed second in No. 2 singles.
The Bulldogs placed sixth out of ten teams. The other Bulldogs that played were Bailey Brown (0-4 at No. 1 singles) and Emily Russell and Aubrey Black (2-2 at No. 2 doubles).
"Emily Russell and Aubrey Black are beginning to use the angles of the court to their advantages," Hoffman said.
This was the first high school meet that the Krysztof sisters have played together. It was interesting but at the same time fun to watch how they played with each other, they said.
"Michaela had to give up her singles spot to play doubles," B. Krysztof said, "It was a challenge but all in all it was a good day."
The team's next meet is Tuesday at Hayden.