Amtmann, Nelson close in on medal

BOZEMAN — The Butte High doubles tennis team of Aidan Amtmann and Molly Nelson are three Saturday wins away from a third-place medal at the Class AA State tournament at Montana State University.

Amtmann and Nelson won two matches and lost one during a long day of play Friday.

The Bulldog duo beat Brooke Dart and Bailey Roady 6-3, 6-2 before falling in the quarterfinals to Jenna Donovan and Katie Veteto of Missoula Sentinel.

Amtmann, a senior who is making her third appearance at the state tournament, and Nelson, a junior, then battled for 2 hours, 45 minutes to keep their season alive against Missoula Hellgate’s Maddie Keiper and Holland Small.

In that battle, Amtmann and Nelson overcame a 7-6 loss in the first set to with 6-1, 6-4 wins to advance.

The team will play Dani Nichols and Abby Coffee of Billings Senior at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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