The Baldwin-Woodville girls tennis team hosted a four-team quadrangular with Osceola, Ashland and Ellsworth Sept. 19.
The Blackhawks had two first place finishes thanks to the Albrightson triplets.
Bailey Albrightson at No. 1 singles defeated Ellsworth’s Kacie Duvall 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and beat Osceola’s Hope Lowney 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match.
“She played her best tennis,” said B-W coach Dana Helgeson. “I was so proud of her…Both of Bailey’s opponents are strong players, but Bailey played her game, she kept her mindset strong. Bailey played high quality tennis and finished with first place.”
At No. 2 doubles, Allison and Brooke Albrightson beat Morgan Feldt and Jam Dannenmuller of Osceola 6-2, 6-2 in the championship after defeating Ellsworth’s Tori Dawley and Shelby Schultz, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.
“They have really stepped up their doubles game this season,” said Helgeson. “They have dedicated so much time to it. I am very proud of them.”
Alyssa Moore and Alayna Brightbill fell in the championship match at No. 3 doubles to Ellsworth’s Hayley Bach and Brianna Mauer after winning against Osceola’s Alexis See and Adason Gauls in the first round.
“We put these two together because they are both missing their doubles partner,” Helgeson explained. “It’s hard to play with a new pattern when you are used to playing with the same person. Alyssa and Alayna did a great job communicating and doing their part on the courts.”
Emily McConnelle and Lexi Everts finished in second place at No. 4 doubles. They didn’t give a game against Ashland’s Emma Brouder and Lainey Westlund in the first round, but fell to Ellsworth’s Molly Janke and Maria Harrington.
In other B-W action:
• No. 2 singles Katelynn Miller finished in third place. She lost to Osceola’s Sophia LaVigne, 6-4, 6-3, but then rebounded to win against Ellsworth’s Bailey Ahlers, 6-3, 6-4.
• No. 4 singles Faith Rens lost her first match to Ellsworth’s Claire Lawrence 6-3, 6-3. She then defeated Ashland’s Izzy Rasmussen 6-2 and 6-1.
• Juneau Paulsen and Alison Nutt finished third at No. 1 doubles. They fell against Ashland’s Maddie Clevette and Abby Davidson, 6-43, 6-3 in the first round. In the second round, they defeated Osceola’s Rachel Olson and Kathryn Marek, 6-1, 7-5.
• Dru Beebe fell to Ashland’s Kelli Mikkonen 6-1, 6-3 in the first round at No. 3 singles and then lost to Ellsworth’s Ella Gardner 6-1, 6-1.
• Lauren Thompson lost to Osceola’s Jordan Vetter, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round at No. 5 singles and then fell to Ashland’s Abby Brew, 7-6, 6-2 in the second round.
Blackhawks sweep Unity
On Sept. 17, the Blackhawks hosted a conference match against Unity and won all seven matches. As a matter of fact, B-W didn’t even go to a third set in all of its matches.
B-W 7, Unity 0
Singles: No. 1 – Bailey Albrightson (B-W) def. Hailie Nelson (U), 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 – Katelynn Miller (B-W) def. Piper Nelson (U), 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 – Alayna Brightbill (B-W) def. Annie Strege (U), 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 – Dru Beebe (B-W) def. Taylor Erickson (U), 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: No. 1 – Alison Nutt/Juneau Paulsen (B-W) def. Molly Eley and Emma Teideman (U), 6-0, 6-1: No. 2 – Allison and Brooke Albrightson (B-W) def. Emma Ogren/Emma Mullin (U), 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Ashley Van Someren/Alyssa Moore (B-W) won by forfeit.
B-W’s singles play keys win against Ellsworth
The Blackhawks traveled to Ellsworth Sept. 15 and thanks to its singles play left with a 4-3 win.
“This wasn’t an easy win for us,” Helgeson explained. “Our team really had to work for it. We won three of the four singles matches and a doubles match.”
Alison Nutt won a three-set battle over Kacie Duval, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
“She was playing great tennis with her opponent but couldn’t finish the points we needed to win the set,” Helgeson said. “We changed Ali’s game in the second set. She started moving the ball more and playing her game and her style of tennis. She played like a brick wall. I was happy with how well she played and I know she was too!”
Juneau Paulsen at No. 3 singles beat Ella Gardner, 6-2, 7-5. “Juneau is playing great tennis,” Helgeson continued. “Juneau is playing with a broken wrist. She has a good attitude about it and is happy to be playing. She works so hard on her new game and it shows on the court.”
B-W 4, Ellsworth 3
Singles: No. 1 – Alison Nutt (B-W) def. Kacie Duval (E), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 – Bailey Albrightson (B-W) def. Bailey Ahlers (E), 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 – Juneau Paulsen (B-W) def. Ella Gardner (E), 6-2, 7-5; No. 4 – Claire Lawrence (E) def. Katelynn Miller (B-W) 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles: No. 1 – Allison/Brooke Albrightson (B-W) def. Lydia Cole/Hannah Hinrichs (E), 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 – Alayna Brightbill/Camille Bennis lost via injury forfeit; No. 3 – Hayley Bach/Molly Janke (E) def. Ashley Van Someren/Alyssa Moore, 6-3, 6-0 .