BC girls ‘dominating’ against Belgrade

Butte Central's Zoe Sullivan eyes the ball in a straight-sets victory Thursday in Belgrade. (Photo by Dan Chesnet)

BELGRAE — Butte Central’s girls’ tennis team flexed its muscle in the cold Thursday afternoon.

The Maroons swept a non-conference dual, 7-0, against Belgrade. On the boys’ side, Belgrade won 4-3 team against a mixed up roundup.

“The girls’ side once again had a dominating showing today with a sweep,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “Sarah Drew and Zoe Sullivan are really starting to come together with their game. They are starting to be more aggressive and staying mentally tough, things you need at those No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots.”

Drew and Sullivan each won in straight sets, as did Tricia Joyce and Emily St. John at Nos. 3 and 4. Joyce, a freshman, and St. John, a junior, are in their first year with the team.

“Tricia Joyce and Emily St. John continue their successful streak,” Hancock said. “It is awesome to see first time players come in and play the way they have been, pretty impressive.”

The Maroons won in straight sets in all three doubles matches. Ali Guldseth and Kellsie Quinn won at No. 1, while Sierra Pica and Ryan Trudnowski rolled at No. 2. Larysa Blavatsky and Samantha Burton strolled to a win at No. 3.

“All duos continue to showcase their dominating abilities, Hancock said. “These girls have a tough, resilient play about them, I like it.”

All three boys’ wins for the Maroons came in doubles.

Cal Hollow, out for tennis for the first time as a senior, had been playing singles. He moved to doubles to play in the No. 1 spot with Sam Joyce, and the duo won in straight sets.

“They really play well together, I am excited to see how they do the rest of the season,” Hancock said of the new double steam. “My doubles side did great today.”

Sam Sterns and Cameron Johnson won at No. 2, while Sam Johnston and Aidan Petritz rolled at No. 3

Hancock praised her singles players, who were also playing different spots than before. Playing singles was Tyge Yelenich at No. 1, newcomer Tyler Kump at No. 2, Zach Luebeck at No. 3 and Jake McPherson at No. 4.

All lost in straight sets, but Hancock liked what she saw.

“The boys’ side had a little different look to it today,” Hancock said. “They were put into more competitive spots today, and that takes some time to adjust to.”

Next up for the Maroons is Saturday’s Bitterroot Invitational in Hamilton and Corvallis.

Butte Central 7, Belgrade 0

Sarah Drew, BC, def. Laura Stout, 6-3, 6-3
Zoe Sullivan, BC, def. Grace Davis, 6-2, 6-4
Tricia Joyce, BC, def. Lauren Adams, 6-2, 6-3
Emily St. John, BC, def. Abbie Grooms, 6-1, 6-2
Ali Guldseth/Kellsie Quinn, BC, def. Brooke Gilbertson/Lilly Reddick, 6-4, 6-2
Sierra Pica/Ryan Trudnowski, BC, Abigail Weirda/Eliza McLaughlin, 6-1, 6-2
Larysa Blavatsky/Samantha Burton, BC, def. Paige Stokke/Hannah Stokke, 6-2, 6-0

Belgrade 4, Butte Central 3
Jeffrey Fournier, Bel, def. Tyge Yelenich, 6-3, 6-2
Jan Mann, Bel, def. Tyler Kump, 6-0, 6-0
Trey Layman, Bel, def. Zach Luebeck, 6-1, 6-0
Javan Chisholm, Bel, def. Jake McPherson, 6-3, 6-3
Cal Hollow/Sam Joyce, BC, def. Thomas O’Leary/Conner McCauley, 6-4, 6-4
Sam Sterns/Cameron Johnson, BC, def. Aidan Hamilton/Ethan Monlux, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
Sam Johnston/Aidan Petritz, BC, def. Dylan Bell/Skyler Pulse, 6-2, 6-1

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