State berths elude BSHS tennis
A last-minute lineup change made for an interesting day for the Bonner Springs girls tennis team at the Class 4A regional tournament Friday at De Soto High School.
Two-time state qualifier Breanna Tendick, a senior, suffered a concussion and broken nose during a softball game a few weeks ago, and BSHS coach Bill Scott was forced to hold her out of competition.
“Bre wasn’t cleared to play,” Scott said.
Tendick had been slated to team with Bethany Bailey in doubles, so Scott had to jostle his postseason lineup on short notice.
Scott said he was pleased with the way his team responded to the change, although Bonner Springs was unable to advance anybody to the state tournament.
Bailey moved from doubles to singles and faced a tough draw in Olivia Schmidtberer of Topeka Hayden. Bailey lost the match, 6-0, 6-1.
“Bethany was thrown into singles, where she only had seven matches all year,” Scott said of the difficult adjustment for Bailey.
Also in singles, Aubrey Julo was called up to the varsity squad and performed admirably, Scott said. She earned a first-round victory against Kjersti Anderson of Spring Hill, 2-6, 6-2, 10-7, before falling to regional runner-up Grace Schaffer of St. James Academy, 6-0, 6-0.
“Julo was brought up from the JV after she had won the number one singles spot in our JV tournament with 12 schools,” Scott said. “In fact, Julo was the most improved and hottest player on the team. She had 10 victories in a row until she was ousted by the number two seed (Schaffer).”
In doubles, Lauren Callahan and Toni Stock earned a first-round victory against a team from Wamego, 6-3, 4-6, 10-5, to advance to the second round. They ultimately fell to a pair from Baldwin, 6-1, 6-3.
“Callahan and Stock put up a valiant effort, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Scott said.
Also in doubles, Melissa Cisneros and Emily Hunt lost their first-round match to Perry-Lecompton, 6-4, 7-5.
Scott lamented the fact that Tendick wasn’t able to pursue a third trip to state during her senior season.
“If Bre would have been there, we would have been the number four seed and I am sure we would have advanced to state,” Scott said.
Still, he said the season was enjoyable even without a trip to state to close it out.
“It was a fun season, and we are saying goodbye to a great group of young ladies in our seniors,” Scott said. “Melissa, Bre and Toni have been with us all four years. They will truly be missed, and so will Lauren, Eliza (Barger), Emily and Ashton (Istas). Next year we will have Bethany, Hannah (Hunt) and Aubrey back from the varsity, and a whole lot of first- and second-year players. It will definitely be an inexperienced team, but some of those are the most gratifying to develop.”