MISSOULA — The third sets didn’t go the way of the Bulldogs Thursday.
Butte High’s tennis teams found themselves on the wrong side in five out of six three-set matches against Missoula Big Sky, and the result was a 4-all tie on the girls side and a 5-3 loss for the boys.
“It could have gone either way,” Butte High coach Mavis Bentley said.
Madi Jones and Jacee Sprunger picked up singles victories for the Bulldog girls. Both won in straight sets, and both are undefeated on the season.
Sierra McGinnis and McKaul Ori, Butte High’s No. 1 doubles team, also stayed unbeaten with a straight-set victory.
Lakyn Ludwick and Molly Sprunger picked up a straight-sets win at No. 2 doubles.
Hannah Amtmann fell in 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Marathon to Big Sky’s Tayler Johnson at No. 2 singles. That match lasted three and a half hours.
Sidney Jennings and Carlee Johnson fell in in three sets, losing 7-5 twice to Casey Nelson and Samantha Ormesher. Janae Valle and Caitlyn Sheehan also went down in three sets.
On the boys side, Butte High got singles victories for Blake Casagranda, Levin Mullaney and Braden Loyola.
Eric Casagranda fell in a three-set thriller to Mitchell Zook, while Loyola topped Zakary Lee in three sets in the No. 4 singles match.
Seth Jaksha and Tyler Ossello went down in three sets at No. 3 doubles.
The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday when they head to Helena to take on Helena High and Helena Capital. Bentley said the Bulldogs will also try to squeeze in a match with Bozeman.
Missoula Big Sky 5, Butte High 3
Blake Casagranda, Butte High, def. Francis Caina, 6-1, 7-5
Levin Mullaney, Butte High, def. Ino Caina, 6-4, 6-1
Mitchell Zook, Big Sky, def. Eric Casagranda, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3
Braden Loyola, Butte High, def. Zakary Lee 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Colin Bahin/Rayce Compton, Big Sky, def. Brett Bentley/Tyler Reilly, 6-4, 6-0
Luke Lingscheit/Jake Tabish, Big Sky, def. Marcus Madrazo/Nate Scherman, 6-2, 6-1
Jack Hall/Sean Lindley, Big Sky, def. Seth Jaksha/Tyler Ossello, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1
Jack Haller/Nate Jourdonnais, Big Sky, def. Mike Hogan/Jory Nordstrom, 6-4, 6-1
Big Sky 4, Butte 4
Molly Langland, Big Sky, def. Molly Nelson, 6-2, 6-0
Tayler Johnson, Big Sky, def. Hannah Amtmann, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Madi Jones, Butte High, def. Jourdyn Vander Veen, 6-0, 6-1
Jacee Sprunger, Butte High, def. Presion Chiles, 6-3, 6-3
Sierra McGinnis/McKaul Ori, Butte High, def. Alexis Madzelonka/Anna Slown, 6-1, 6-2
Lakyn Ludwick/Molly Sprunger, Butte High, def. Kyla Crispin/Shea Schmidt, 6-3, 6-4
Casey Nelson/Samantha Ormesher, Big Sky, def. Sidney Jennings/Carlee Johnson, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
Danielle Buchanan/Madison Keck, Big Sky, def. Janae Valle/Caitlyn Sheehan, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4