The Baldwin-Woodville girls tennis team had one single and two doubles teams advance to the Sectionals on Oct. 7 with the hope of advancing at least one of them to the State Tournament this week.
The Blackhawks were unsuccessful as all three lost their first-round matches.
Bailey Albrightson at No. 1 singles lost 6-0, 6-0 to Becky Larrain of Newman Catholic.
“Becky was seeded fourth last year at the State Tournament, so we knew this would be a tough first round match,” Blackhawk coach Dana Helgeson said. “I was so proud of Bailey, she played smart tennis, she also went into deuce points many times with Becky. We don’t see players like this in our conference or season. It was a fun match to watch.”
Larrain qualified for the state tournament.
At No. 2 doubles, Allison and Brooke Albrightson, fell 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, to a pair from Ashland.
“This was a fun match to watch,” Helgeson said. “Allison and Brooke played with great focus. They were playing some of the best tennis I’ve seen them play.”
Finally, Ella Schroeder and Marissa Stolt of Pacelli eliminated Juneau Paulsen and Alison Nutt at No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-1.
“Ali and Juneau played well, but we couldn’t finish the points we needed. Alison and Juneau have done a great job this season as singles players and doubles. They will be missed.”
“Although we didn’t advance anyone to the State Tournament, it was still a great day for tennis,” Helgeson said.
Regis won the Section, as they advanced one singles and two doubles team to the Individual State meet. Amery was second.
Blackhawks finish fourth in the subsection
Two days earlier, B-W competed in the subsection and finished fourth.
Bailey Albrightson at No. 1 singles defeated Hope Lowney of Osceola 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
“Bailey has done an exceptional job with her mindset on the courts this season,” Helgeson said. “I know when Bailey is on the court she is pouring every ounce of energy on her match. She plays every point like it’s the last one.”
Albrightson only needed to win one match to advance the sectionals.
Alison Nutt and Juneau Paulsen at No. 1 doubles defeated Deidra Meyer/Aly de la Cruz 6-3, 6-3.
“They played with a great mindset and control, placing the ball and finishing points when needed,” Helgeson said. “Both did a great job serving and playing at the net. I was very happy for them.”
Allison and Brooke Albrightson at No. 2 doubles defeated a pair from Ellsworth, 6-3, 6-0 and a pair from Rice Lake, 6-2, 6-2.
“Allison and Brooke both played with great energy and focus,” Helgeson said. “They know when to be aggressive and when to be patient on the court. I was very pleased with how well they played.”
Katelynn Miller lost to Aria Hanson of Rice Lake, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
“Katelynn had long points but the wind really affected her match,” Helgeson said. “Katelynn has done a wonderful job this season.”
Ashley Van Someren beat Unity’s Annie Strege, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, but fell to Regis’ Maddie Metz, 6-0, 6-3.
Alyssa Moore fell 6-2, 6-1 to Regis’ Brittany Martin at No. 4 singles.
“The points went on forever,” Helgeson said. “I was so proud of Alyssa and I know she was pleased with how well she played too.”
Finally, Camille Bennis and Alayna Brightbill lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to Ella Gould and Lidia Curtis of Amery.