All-area girls tennis: LHS’ Beilynn Geiss tabbed as RH player of the year

All-area girls tennis: LHS’ Beilynn Geiss tabbed as RH player of the year

No matter the opponent, score of a match, or any possible detail associated with a given circumstance, Beilynn Geiss rarely bats an eye.

Though it’s common for freshmen to experience prolonged jitters, Loveland’s singles specialist hardly flinched back in 2019 upon casually constructing a 10-0 regular-season record en route to concluding her first campaign as a state tournament quarterfinalist.

Despite potential pandemic-produced rust, the junior seamlessly picked up where she left off when 2021 rolled around amid a rapid progression through the high school girls tennis ranks.

And now, after capturing a Class 4A silver medal at No. 1 singles, the RH bestows all-area girls tennis player of the year honors on the junior for the second time of her decorated career.

“She has always had a really tough mentality,” LHS coach Heidi Abrahamson said. “When things aren’t going quite her way, she just picks it apart and figures out what she needs to do better. She never really gets down on herself and is always positive on the court. And I think just that internal, positive self-talk that she has really helps her overall play.”

Rather than succumb to adversity, the internal formidability Abrahamson referenced enabled Geiss to respond seamlessly when any foreign obstacle came her way over the recent season.

Namely, she entered uncharted territory in mid-May after suffering an unexpected defeat against Poudre. Before the narrow, three-set demise, Geiss’ 2021 resume entailed a 5-0 mark in which she solely seized two-set sweeps.

Her confidence could have endured a substantial hit as Poudre halted her seemingly untouchable momentum. But she didn’t dwell on the defeat whatsoever. Instead, Geiss put her head down and upped her game –– bouncing back by besting a respectable Fairview foe as she returned with a vengeance in LHS’ next match.

“I feel like losing that helped light a fire under me for my next match and the rest of the season,” Geiss described. “I just played really well and kept rising to the occasion after that. That’s part of why I’m really proud of how I did this season. I became a more mature player just because of the experience I’ve gained. And I focused better in my matches and always competed well.”

Speaking of rising to the occasion, Geiss’ mature demeanor coupled with her overpowering skill helped her soar through the 4A tournament in June.

Specifically, she dropped just two total games while snatching a pair of convincing triumphs to obtain her first 4A semifinals berth –– winning 6-0, 6-1 in both state’s first round and quarterfinals.

As she stepped onto Pueblo City Park’s court the following day with a trip the finals on the line, Geiss noticed a rare sense of nervousness creep in. Given her knack for doubtlessly conquering the task at hand, the preliminary anxiety felt a bit uncomfortable –– or at least unfamiliar.

Nevertheless, she exhaled, picked up her racket and locked into game-mode upon reflecting on everything she’s achieved in daunting environments to prepare her for the moment.

“I play in big tournaments outside of high school, and that shows me a higher level,” Geiss said. Those teach me how to win the big points and that definitely translates over to the high school ones. It also alleviates some pressure for me. Like when I’m playing in a high school match, I sometimes compare it to a tournament and that helps de-stress me going into the match.”

While displaying an ability to perform in high-stakes scenarios, Geiss prevailed past her semifinals adversary (6-4, 6-1) before competitively falling to state’s eventual No. 1 singles champion Lauren Manwiller (by scores of 6-2 and 6-4).

Still, impressively, Geiss posted a 14-3 record in 2021 as, simultaneous to the mental side of the game, she emphatically expanded her physical capacity.

Hence, moving forward, the sky appears to constitute Geiss’ limit concerning her final high school season and beyond.

“She changed up her game a little bit, so she’s not just that one-dimensional, baseline singles player,” Abrahamson said. “She’s added some strategy. She’s been coming up to the net a little bit more, getting some more volleys. So, honestly, at this point, she has all of the skills. She just needs to tweak and improve, and that just comes from repetition.”

Obviously, after landing a tad short, Geiss will most definitely dedicate her focus toward snagging state’s No. 1 singles gold when her final campaign arrives.

However, regardless of what the future holds, the potent veteran –– whose tireless commitment includes traveling across the country to compete year-round –– surely boasts the required physical dedication and mental tenacity to indeed conclude her prep tenure atop 4A’s podium.

“It was a great experience playing in those really high-pressure matches at state for me,” Geiss said. “Practicing how to execute in those situations I think will translate really well for me into next year. Hopefully in the finals.”

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