Loveland’s Beilynn Geiss relishes first-career FRL championship appearance – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Beilynn Geiss’ faultless resume suggests that Wednesday’s pressure elevated to an extreme degree as Loveland’s girls tennis star advanced into the Front Range League Tournament’s No. 1 singles championship.

With a 20-0 record and the league crown at stake, the senior met an opportunity to carry an unblemished mark into next week’s regional tournament when hitting the courts at North Lake Park to face Boulder’s Lily Chitambar in the FRL finals.

However, in reality, Geiss enjoyed a chance to compete through a relatively stress-free match.

“I wasn’t worried about winning the finals,” Geiss described. “I was just focused on playing well. Lily’s a very good player. So I didn’t feel like I had to win this match. Most of the time during the season, I feel like I have to win every match. So it’s nice to not have the pressure of winning. I felt really calm out there, which was nice. “

As Geiss alluded to, FRL’s No. 1 singles championship constituted a nice switch-up for the senior in which circumstances didn’t require fretting about the final score.

The priorities when facing 5A’s defending state champion –– who also stood undefeated entering Wednesday’s finals –– concerned utilizing said contest against Boulder’s premier player to improve before 4A state rolls around.

Despite falling in two sets while settling for second place at 2022’s league tournament, she certainly succeeded in finding a way to progress positively versus Chitambar.

Notably, after dropping the first set 6-1, Geiss subsequently hung tight and took a 3-2 second-set lead en route to ultimately dropping a back-and-forth 6-4 segment –– constituting just the fifth time this season Chitambar has surrendered four games.

“I was still trying to find my groove early, and she was striking the ball really well,” Geiss said. “But, in the second, I started gaining momentum and got more comfortable with my shots. That should give me confidence. Because if I can hit the ball that well against Lily, I can pull off those great shots moving forward. “

“It was honestly a great match for her,” head coach Heidi Abrahamson added. “She hung in every single point. She was able to work on some things that should help her at regionals and state. And anytime you face someone like that, it raises your game. “

Considering the Red Wolves’ 4A status within a prolific 5A-loaded league, Geiss’ ability to reach the No. 1 singles’ final round warrants praise.

It also displays 4A state’s defending silver medalist’s growth since 2021, given how she had never prevailed past the FRL semifinals in her career before Wednesday.

“I was super happy to win my semifinal match because it was a really close, challenging match,” Geiss said. “So I was just excited to even play the final. And I feel like getting to the finals shows how I’ve matured as a player this year. My mental game and focus have been the biggest improvements. Getting to the finals and going undefeated through the league matches really shows that. “

That semifinals match Geiss alluded to entailed defeating Makenna Collins of Fossil Ridge for the second time this season (6-4, 7-5). Beforehand, LHS ‘senior seamlessly toppled Monarch’s Sidney Kuhl (6-0, 6-0) during Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

As a team, the Red Wolves constructed a respectable fifth-place finish upon accruing 19 points throughout the 12-program festivities. Though Geiss represented Abrahamson’s only contributor to advance past the quarterfinals, LHS recorded three collective victories outside of No. 1 singles.

Specifically, the Red Wolves snatched a pair of first-round wins in the doubles realm as Haley Vair and Sydney Knapp seized triumph at No. 1 (6-0, 6-4) while Allyssa Hughes and Adri Orrock reigned supreme at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1).

Sophomore Libby Blanks, who commenced the FRL tournament at 7-4 on the season, also defeated Ella Gilley of Mountain Range in the first round of No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-1) on Tuesday.

Undoubtedly, the Red Wolves flip the page toward next Thursday’s regional endeavors with vital experience in their back pocket after duking it out against a plethora of potent programs.

Leave a Comment