State qualifier Tendick returns to lead BSHS tennis
Sometimes a veteran coach just knows a good pair when he sees it.
That was the case last fall when Bonner Springs tennis coach Bill Scott decided to switch Breanna Tendick from singles to doubles and have her team up with Emily Randolph.
The move worked perfectly.
The girls had good chemistry, their skill sets complimented each other nicely, and they earned a trip to the Class 5A state tournament.
For Randolph, it was a happy ending to her high school career. For Tendick, it was a springboard into her final two seasons at Bonner Springs.
Now a junior, Tendick is back and in search of another trip to state and Scott is searching to find her another good doubles partner.
“Breanna has learned what kind of partner she needs in order to go back to state,” Scott said. “Right now I think Caitlin Hilliard, a senior, or Melissa (Cisneros, a junior) just might be the one, but we’ll see. She knows she needs someone who is aggressive at the net, like Emily Randolph last year. Right now if we had a tournament tomorrow I would play her probably at singles until the others develop a better net game.”
The Braves boast a roster of 26 players this fall, led by five seniors and five juniors. Scott noted that both Cisneros and senior Riley Mortensen have emerged as leaders during the first few days of practice.
Both join Tendick as some of the squad’s top players, as does Hilliard, sophomore Sammy Weller and sophomore Bethany Bailey, a transfer from Maranatha Academy.
Scott noted that Bailey has been a pleasant surprise so far, even though transfer rules will prevent her from playing on varsity this fall.
“She has a great attitude in spite of this rule and plans to make the most of it,” Scott said. “She is really showing me a lot. I would even consider her as a partner for Breanna if I could. Maybe next year is when that will happen.”
Scott said freshman Hannah Hunt has been the most impressive of his eight freshmen so far, although that could change as the season progresses.
Bonner Springs opens its season against Bishop Miege at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo.