Bulldog girls roll to victory, boys tie Big Sky

On a day when the Butte High girls’ tennis team beat Missoula Big Sky 8-0 and the Bulldog boys tied the Eagles at 4, Bulldog coach Mavis Bentley said the winner of the match was obvious.

“I think the wind won,” Benley said. “That was horrible.”

Gusting winds ruled the day that saw doubles action take place at Stodden Park and singles play held on the refurbished courts at West Elementary School.

Bentley said her girls’ team used its smarts while playing in the nearly unplayable conditions.

“They got smart, they got the ball in and let them make mistakes,” Bentley said.

Molly Nelson, Hannah Amtmann, Madi Jones and Jacee Sprunger won in straight sets on the singles side.

McKaul Ori and Sierra McGinnis, the No. 1 doubles team for Butte High, won in straight sets, as did the doubles teams of Carlee Johnson and Sydney Jennings and Janae Valle and Caitlyn Sheehan.

Butte High's McKaul Ori delivers a shot.

Butte High’s McKaul Ori delivers a shot.

Molly Sprunger and Lakyn Ludwick won the match of the day. After winning 6-1 in the opener and falling 6-3 in the second set, the Butte No. 2 team overcame a 3-0 deficit for a 6-3 victory over Shayla Johnson and Samantha Ormesher.

Bentley pointed out that the Eagle girls were playing without their top singles player and top doubles team.

Butte High’s boys also played shorthanded because of injuries and illness. The Eagle boys swept the singles matches, while the Bulldogs swept the doubles matches.

Andy Kelly and Nate Scherman, the No. 1 doubles team for the Bulldogs, won in straight sets. Brett Bentley and Marcus Madrazo also won in straight sets, as did Jordy Nordstrom and Mike Hogan.

Bulldog Nate Andy Kelly chases down the ball as teammate Nate Scherman looks on.

Bulldog Nate Andy Kelly chases down the ball as teammate Nate Scherman looks on.

Bulldog Marcus Madrazo approaches the net.

Bulldog Marcus Madrazo approaches the net.

Tyler Ossello and Seth Jaksha beat Nate Jordonnais and Mitchell Zook in a three-set thriller.

Levin Mullaney and Braden Layda of Butte High fell in three sets in singles play. Tyler Reilly, who played Colin Bahin in the No. 1 match, fell in straight sets, as did Erik Casagranda.

Bahin placed fourth at State last season.

The Bulldogs are back in action Thursday at the Five B’s meet in Bozeman.

Butte High 4, Missoula Big Sky 4

Colin Bahin, BS, def. Tyler Reilly, Butte High 6-0, 6-0
Royce Compton, BS, def. Levin Mullaney 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Jack Hall, BS, def. Erik Casagranda 6-2, 6-3
Francs Caina, BS, def. Braden Layda 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Andy Kelly/Nate Scherman, Butte High, def. Zakary Lee/Ino Caing, 6-2, 6-0
Brett Bentley/Marcus Madrazo, Butte def. Quois Farnam/Zach Nachtigal 6-0, 6-1
Tyler Ossello/Seth Jaksha, Butte High def. Nate Jourdonnais/Mitchell Zook 6-5, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2
Jory Nordstrom/Mike Hogan def. Chase Erickson-Dever/Jake Quinn 6-3, 6-1

JV Doubles
Matt Donner/John Berryman, Butte High, def. Tristan McBeath/Charles Chapman 8-2
Alex Cober/Connor Stanghill, Butte High, def. Chase Erickson-Dever/Jake Quinn 8-2

Butte High 8, Missoula Big Sky 0

Molly Nelson, Butte High, def. Jourdyn VanderVeer 6-1, 6-0
Hannah Amtmann, Butte High, def. Danielle Buchanan 6-3, 6-1
Madi Jones, Butte High def. Preston Chiles 6-2, 6-2
Jacee Sprunger, Butte High, def. Ashley Du 6-1, 6-1
McKaul Ori/Sierra McGinnis, Butte High, def. Ashley Luu/Anna Slown 6-1, 6-1
Molly Sprunger/Lakyn Ludwick, Butte High def. Shayla Johnson/Samantha Ormesher 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Carlee Johnson/Sydney Jennings, Butte High, def. Rachel Levison/Casey Nelson 6-2, 7-5
Janae Valle/Caitlyn Sheehan def. Shaylynn Burklar/Gwennyth Chambers 6-2, 6-0
JV Doubles
Rachel Levison/Casey Nelson, BS, def. Jo Valle/Maya Robins 8-1
Erin Fogarty/Hayley Boyd, Butte High, def. Shaylynn Burklar/Gwennyth Chambers 8-2
Emily Hildreth/Alyssa Cook, Butte High, def. Ashley Luu/ Montana (No last name available) 8-2

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