Whitefish girls tennis three-to-three to begin the season


In less than ideal weather, Whitefish girls tennis defeated every team it met last week.

Starting the season by hosting Columbia Falls on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs beat their rival 6-1. So this weekend, Whitefish traveled to Polson for a set of duals. The girls defeated Polson 5-2 and Dillon 4-3.

“It was just an exciting weekend; getting into three matches was just what we needed, ”said girls tennis coach Patrick Dryden.

The coach expressed that he saw some tremors in the first match of the girls, but after they got the nerves out of the way, the tennis was good all weekend. Dillon and Polson had played significantly more games already this season, but Whitefish came up with more wins.

Although he expects singles to be the team’s strength this year with more recurring, Dryden says in the opening weekend that he was impressed with the doubles teams, who now have 8-1 to start the season.

At No. 1 double, the team of Emma Triieweiler and Tallory Workman defeated Wildkats’ Grace Gedlaman and Alyssa Williams 6-2, 6-4. The Whitefish team then continued their winning streak by defeating teams out of Polson and Dillon.

“Tallory Workman and Emma Triieweiler won a couple of really big conference matches, so they are well on their way to getting one of the topseeds in the division tournament,” the coach said.

The team of Elliette Haigh and Ashley Gunset also play doubles, which went 2-1 during the week. Dryden says that the two best double teams are both very competitive and that both can become the No. 1 team in the future.

For Whitefish’s singles players, Lauren Brown and Anyah Cripe are at the top – each player between No. 1 and No. 2. Brown had a couple of tough three-set losses to Columbia Falls and Polson, but then defeated Dillon’s No. 2 player Alanah Rose 6-1, 6-1. Cripe went 2-0 over Columbia Falls and Dillon, but unfortunately had to withdraw from his match against Polson with an injury.

“When I got into the season, I really thought the singles would be our strength, we had a lot of returning there,” Dryden said. “We had some good matches from our singles players, but we also dropped a couple of unbearable, long three-pointers.”

He added that Emma Shaffer and Alivia Lusko, in No. 3 and 4th place at the university, both lost matches in the morning against Dillon, but came back in the afternoon to defeat their Polson opponents – which really delivered a boost to the team.

Whitefish were due to play against Libby on Tuesday after press time. Then the team travels to Ronan on Thursday.

Whitefish 6, Columbia Falls 1

Singles

Cloey Ramage, CF, def. Lauren Brown 6-1, 3-6, 7-5; Anyah Cripe, WF, def. Lillian McDonald 6-1, 6-2; Emma Shaffer, WF, def. Mackenzie Nelson 6-3, 6-1; Alivia Lusko, WF, def. Anne Lybert 6-0, 6-0.

Double

Tallory Workman / Emma Triieweiler, WF, def. Grace Gedlaman / Alyssa Williams 6-2, 6-4; Elliette Haigh / Ashley Gunset, WF, def. Ava Foley / Lexi Oberholzer 6-0, 6-0; Addie Oehlerich / Piper Dudley, WF, def. Kati Crockett / Clare Stewart 6-1, 6-3.

Whitefish 4, Dillon 3

Singles

Anyah Cripe, WF, def. Emma Mitchell 7-5, 6-2; Lauren Brown, WF, def. Alanah Rose 6-1, 6-1; Brooklyn Williams, D, def. Emma Shaffer 6-3, 7-5; MiKelle Mosher, D, def. Alivia Lusko, 7-5.

Double

Rachel Fluckinger / Eden Kindberg, D, def. Ashley Gunset / Elliette Haight 6-2, 6-3; Emma Triieweiler / Tallory Workman, WF, def. Aubrey Hawley / Cayenne McCabe 6-2, 6-0; Addie Oehlarich / Lauren Salem, WF, def. Jessica Harrison / Laura Martin, 6-3, 6-2.

Whitefish 5, Polson 2

Clara Todd, P, def. Lauren Brown, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Katie Smith, P, def. Anyah Cripe, 0-6, 7-6 (6), inj .; Emma Shaffer, WF, def. Hope Morrison, 6-4, 6-3; Alivia Lusko, WF, def. Karli Owen, 6-3, 6-3.

Double

Tallory Workman / Emma Triieweiler, WF, def. Sierra Lundeen / Liz Tolley, 6-2, 6-3; Elliette Haigh / Ashley Gunset, WF, def. Summer Newman / Lucy Violeit, 6-1, 6-1; Addie Oehlerich / Lauren Solem, WF, def. Lauren Collinge / Sasha McCoy 6-2, 6-0.

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