Frank picks up two wins in singles, doubles for Ronan
The Ronan tennis team returned to the Bitterroot for their second week of tennis duals on Saturday and they got plenty of competition from their Southwestern A hosts.
Hamilton proved tough, sweeping both the boys' and girls' duals 7-0. The Corvallis boys swept their matches 7-0, but the Ronan girls picked up two wins before falling 5-2.
Brianna Frank won her number two singles match 6-3, 6-4 over Corvallis' Coral Higuerra. Frank also teamed up with Seri Smith to win the number one doubles match 6-1, 6-4.
"We met up with some very strong competition in the Bitterroot. Our youth and inexperience caught up with us," Ronan head coach Gordon Cummings said.
He said the highlight of the day included Frank's play in Corvallis.
"She works very hard and in the long run it will eventually pay off," the coach said. "Seri (Smith) had a good day, also, as she and Bri work well together. She also had the opportunity to play some singles and came very close to winning (at number three singles)."
Cummings said his boys didn't have a good weekend against some quality competition.
"Payton Adams, as a freshman, is very athletic and is learning quickly. He had a strong outing on Saturday," Cummings said. "(But) our team, as a whole with last year's return players are not where they were last year. So, we really need to step it up this week. We have matches Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, so this will be a big test for us, both mentally and physically."
Ronan hosts Polson on Thursday, beginning at 3 p.m., then hosts Bigfork Friday at 4 p.m., Whitefish at noon on Saturday and Eureka at 2 p.m. on Saturday before traveling to Columbia Falls on Monday.
Hamilton 7, Ronan 0
Singles - Bob Huppert, H, def. Hunter Shima, 6-1, 6-0; Ethan Selig, H, def. Chase Allen, 6-0, 6-0; Aaron Mead, H, def. Michael Elliott, 6-1, 6-0; Cody Tredik, H, Tallor Fortine, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles - Jason Jessop/Parker Richards, H, def. Hunter Shima/ Austin Butler, 6-1, 6-4; Cody Lewis/Graham Silcher, H, def. Colten Cheff/Jeff Leo, 6-3, 6-4; Reese Isherwood/Craig Weese, H, def. Kyle Yankey/Payton Adams, 6-3, 6-2.
Corvallis 7, Ronan 0
Singles - Isaac Smith, C, def. Austin Butler 6-0, 6-2; Dillon Murray, C, def. Colten Cheff, 6-0, 6-3; Luke Allsop, C, def. Jeff Leo, 6-0, 6-0; Jake Pekoc, C, def. Payton Adams, 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles - Bridger Walczynski/ Cody Lengyl, C, def. Hunter Shima/Jeff Leo, 6-3, 6-0; Luke Lagerquist/Turner Zsupnik, C, def. Kyle Yankey/Chase Allen, 6-1, 6-0; Mack Reichard/Tim Allsop, C, def. Michael Elliot/Tallon Fortine, 6-0, 6-1.
Hamilton 7, Ronan 0
Singles - Kelsey Jura, H, def. Amber Metzger, 6-1, 6-2; Mary Conwell, H, def. Taylor Courville, 6-0, 6-0; Nelie Moran, H, def. Janelle Lauer, 6-1, 6-2; Riley Bourne, H, def. Tashina Barnaby, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles - Kim Lamar/Stella Quinlan, H, def. Darian Leo/Katelyn Matkovich, 6-4, 7-5; Varsha Roo/ Tara Strazzberg, H, def. Seri Smith/Brianna Frank, 6-1, 6-1; Erica Huppert/Meg Maclean, H, def. Kylee Pennington/Bujinikham Chinzorig, 6-1, 6-2.
Corvallis 5, Ronan 2
Singles - Dao Slagter, C, def. Taylor Courville, 6-4, 6-1; Brianna Frank, R, def. Coral Higuera, 6-3, 6-4; Brooke Heckroth, C, def. Seri Smith, 6-4, 6-3; Lexi Sangster, C, def. Janelle Lauer, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles - Brianna Frank/Seri Smith, R, def. Paige Haave/Megan Lengyel, 6-1, 6-4; Lacey Allsop/ Jaurice Cooper, C, def. Janelle Laurel/Tashena Barnaby, 6-2, 7-5; Jessica Belmonts/Kelly Gifford, C, def. Kylee Pennington/Bujinikham Chinzorig, 6-3, 6-1.