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Polson finally opens tennis season with spurt of four duals

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POLSON — It was cold but there weren't many complaints from the Polson tennis players as they officially opened their season last week. Heck, they were just glad to be playing some competition.

"It was a great first weekend for the kids. Cold weather was the only negative," Polson head coach Bob Hislop said.

Polson hosted Bigfork and Corvallis on Friday, then hosted Hamilton and Libby on Saturday. 

The Polson boys went 2-for-2 in duals, while the Polson girls swept all their duals 4-0. 

Kendyall Rochin went undefeated over the two days, beating three strong state-level singles players, plus teaming up with her sister, Kayla, to win a five-set number-one doubles match against Libby.

Audra Engebretson also went undefeated playing singles and doubles over her four matches.

"Matt Roberts had an excellent weekend of play in singles even though he only picked up one win. He played smart and with a little more experience will be a contender in Northwestern A," Hislop said. Shad Giles and Justin Evertz had a "fabulous Friday of tennis," according to their coach by winning competitive matches at number one doubles against Bigfork and Corvallis. But the duo struggled on Saturday morning against Cislo and Benson of Libby, losing in two sets. 

Christian McCurdy also put together a great match against Libby getting a win at number three singles.

"With the youth of the boys' and girls' teams, I was very pleased with the level of play over the weekend. The nice part about getting matches (in) is that now we have a lot better idea of what to work on," coach Hislop said. 

Polson has another busy week of tennis, travelling to Columbia Falls on Thursday and playing in the Cut Bank Invitational on Friday and Saturday.


Polson 6, Bigfork 1

Singles - Kendyall Rochin, P, def. Jade Bosic, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Jane Probst, P, def. Carolina Tietzal, 6-1, 6-0; Kayla Rochin, P, def. Claire Wilken, 6-4, 6-4; Erika Nunlist, P, def. Ariel Stallknecht, 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles - Karmen Borchers/Kelsie Howell, P, def. Kelly Deaton/ Hannah Barrett, 6-4, 7-5; McKenzie Shults/Kianna Wicklund, B, def. Jordan Quinn/Mackenzie Clay, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8; Audra Engebretson/ Whitney Zimmerman, P, def. Makenna Gembala/Emily Hardman, 6-3, 6-2.


Polson 5, Corvallis 2

Singles - Kendyall Rochin, P, def. Sydnee Madruga, 6-2, 6-0; Tabitha Hooten, C, def. Erika Nunlist, 6-1, 6-1; Kelsie Howell, P, def. Sarah Harmsworth, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Lexi Sangster, C, def. Shayla McDonald, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles - Jane Probst/Kayla Rochin, P, def. Hanna Lockhart/Lairen Phinney 7-6 (7-0), 6-0; MacKenzie Clay/Jordan Quinn, P, def. Dao Slagter/Brooke Heckaroth 6-2, 6-2; Karmen Borchers/Audra Engebretson, P, def. Rachel Reynolds/Coral Higuera 6-4, 6-3.


Hamilton 4, Polson 3

Singles - Kendyall Rochin, P, def. Kelsey Jura 7-5, 7-5; Mary Conwell, H, def. Erika Nunlist 6-2, 6-2; Nellie Moran, H, won by injury default Kelsie Howell; Audra Engebretson, P, def. Gina Schmidt 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles - Kayla Rochin/Jane Probst, P, def. Kelsey Della Silva/Stella Quinlan 6-4, 6-4; Varsha Rao/Kim Lamar, H, def. Jordan Quinn/MacKenzie Clay 7-5, 6-3; Erica Huppert/Meg Maclean, H, def. Karmen Borchers/ Dominique McGowan 6-4, 6-3.


Polson 5, Libby 2

Singles - Jackie Mee, L, def. Jane Probst 6-3, 6-0; Erika Nunlist, P, def. Lindsey Kehn 6-2, 6-1, Chelsey Oedewalt, L, def. MacKenzie Clay 6-3, 6-2; Jordan Quinn, P, def. Tawya Granger 6-1, 7-5.

Doubles - Kendyall Rochin/Kayla Rochin, P, def. Anna Valentine/ Audra Poppen 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Kelsie Howell/Karmen Borchers, P, def. Ashley Shaw/Alissa Buti 6-0, 6-3; Audra Engebretson/Whitney Zimmerman, P, def. Kyla O'Brien/ Tana Wilson 6-1, 6-2.


Bigfork 4, Polson 3

Singles - Bridger Mahlum, B, def. Matt Roberts, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0; Colter Mahlum, B, def. Christian McCurdy, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2; Ryan Gembala, B, def. Andrew Storro, 6-1, 6-2; Dylan Riechenbach, B, def. Hayden Congdon, 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles - Shad Giles/Justin Evertz, P, def. Bridger Mahlum/Colter Mahlum 6-3, 7-5; Will Davey/Ian Laimbeer, P, def. John Lyon/Nate Roberson, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Harrison Pentilla/Jacob Browne, P, def. Seth Roessman/Shane Parks, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.


Corvallis 6, Polson 1

Singles - Levi Pauley, C, def. Matt Roberts, 6-1, 6-2; Spencer Fehr, C, def. Christian McCurdy, 6-0, 6-1; Dillon Murray, C, def. Hayden Congdon, 6-1, 6-0; Mitchell Decker, C, def. Andrew Storro, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles - Justin Evertz/Shad Giles, P, def. Luke Allsop/Isaac Smith, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); Cody Lengye/Bridger Walcynski, C, def. Ian Laimbeer/Will Davey, 6-1, 6-1; David Ilgenfritz/Turner Zsupnik, C, def. Reed Hovenkotter/Jacob Browne, 8-5.


Hamilton 5, Polson 2

Singles - Bob Huppert, H, won by injury default Matt Roberts 5-7, 6-3, 5-3; Shad Giles, P, def Ethan Selig 6-2, 6-2; Cody Tredik, H, def. Christian McCurdy 6-0, 6-4; Aaron Mead, H, def. Ian Laimbeer 6-1, 7-5.

Doubles - Will Davey/Justin Evertz, P, def. Jason Jessop/Parker Richards 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; Cody Lewis/Graham Silicher, H, def. Jacob Browne/Hayden Congdon 6-4, 6-3; Reese Isherwood/Craig Weese, H, def. Andrew Storro/ Harrison Pentilla 6-0, 6-1.


Polson 4, Libby 3

Singles - Matt Roberts, P, def. Zach Schikora 6-1, 6-1; Hayden Congdon, P, def. Mike Wise 6-0, 7-6 (7-4); Christian McCurdy, P, def. Ryan McCabe 6-0, 6-2; Andrew Storro, P, def. Kyle Sweedman 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles - Alex Cislo/TJ Benson, L, def. Justin Evertz/Shad Giles 7-5, 6-3; Nate Broden/Lewis Brossman, L, def. Ian Laimbeer/Will Davey 6-2, 6-0; Micah Germany/Chris Faulkner, L, def. Harrison Pentilla/ Reed Hovenkotter 6-3, 6-2.

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