The De Soto girls’ tennis team finished fourth as a team at the Baldwin Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The tournament was formatted into two pools of four with crossover matches so each entry was able to play four matches.
De Soto was unable to break into the win column in doubles.
“Both doubles entries fought hard all day and there are definitely signs that we have greatness ahead of us. At the end of the day, it is youth and inexperience that leads to inconsistent play,” head coach Justin Hoffman said.
In singles action, senior Bailey Ramsdell went 3-1 on the day at the No. 2 spot with wins over Baldwin, Chanute and Independence.
“Unfortunately, Bailey had her toughest opponent in her first match. She played much better later in the day when she got her footwork on balance,” Hoffman.
Junior Issa Sullivan went 4-0 on the day at No. 1 singles with wins over Parsons, Baldwin, Chanute and Hayden Catholic. The final was a rematch from last year’s tournament, and Issa was able to avenge a loss with a tension-filled tiebreaker win over the three-time defending 4A State champion. “Issa went down 0-4 to start the match and did not show a lot of positive energy; however, she was able to show great mental toughness to fight her way back into the match late,” Hoffman said. “She was down 4-7 and had to break [Brooklyn] Hunter’s serve twice to even get into the tiebreaker. Issa faced down her opponent’s match point and ripped off three consecutive points to take the breaker 8-6.”
The Varsity Girls team will be in action next on Saturday, September 15th at the Mill Valley High School Invitational.