Central tennis season ends at divisionals

Butte Central’s tennis season is over.

The Maroons saw five players advanced to the second day of the Southwestern A Divisional tournament in Hamilton and Corvallis. All five lost out on Wednesday. (Results)

“Little bit of a bummer day today,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “The remainder of our kids played tough this morning, but it just wasn’t enough.”

Junior Drew Badovinac and Sophomore Nick Lester lost out with a tough 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Josiah Jones and Eli Sherwood of Dillon.

“Drew and Nick fought until the end,” Hancock said. “They have come a long ways as a doubles team, especially this being Nick’s first year playing and them playing together. Their competition was strong, and they competed with some of the best. Their play this year really came together in a short amount of time.”

Senior Marissa Anderson added a win before losing out. She beat Corvallis’ Addie Rohlman 6-1, 6-1 before falling 6-3, 6-3 to Tiani Ertel of Corvallis.

In girls’ doubles, Avery Kelly and Mati McGree picked up a win in the morning. They beat Brooklyn Williams and Roby Pierce of Dillon 6-2, 7-6 (3). Then they lost out in a 6-2, 6-4 match against Rachel Fluckinger and Eden Kindgerb of Dillon.

Anderson and the team of Avery and Kelly each came one win short of advancing to the Class A State meet. The top four individuals and teams move on to the meet, which is next week in Billings.

“Marissa Anderson had a heck of a tourney,” Hancock said. “She played her best tennis and definitely at the right time. That second match of hers had some long rallies, and just came down to missed shots here and there that started to add up. For her first time competing in singles, she had a great run.”

The coach also praised her doubles tandem.

“Avery and Mati were in a similar situation, playing together for the first time through-out their four years on the squad,” Hancock said. “In their second match, they had many of their games go into deuce multiple time. They just couldn’t pull away with the games they needed. That match was a heartbreaker, they had opportunities to pull ahead, but shots just didn’t go their way.”

Overall, Hancock called the 2021 season a good one for the Maroons.

“It’s always hard to see seniors’ careers come to an end, especially when they were so close to advancing,” Hancock said. “(This was) just a great group of girls, and one I have really enjoyed coaching,”

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