TORRINGTON – In their final home match of the season Friday, the Torrington girls tennis team bested Laramie 4-1, while the Blazer boys were swept by the Plainsmen.
Emi Glass got the winning started for the Lady Blazers at the top of the ladder in No. 1 singles action. She bested Ally Franc in two tight sets, 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4. Also in singles action, Richelle Fitzsimmons won her match over Kyra Wulf (6-3, 6-0).
“The girls had a strong day against Laramie,” coach Lyle Wiley said. “Emi battled in a great match, winning a tiebreak to take the first set and staying focused to win the second set. Richelle was poised and consistent in her last home match.”
Mia Saucedo and Shelby Luttrell were tested in No. 1 doubles, being forced to three sets against Tori Longress and Becky Barbier. The Torrington girls won the first set, 6-0, before dropping the second in a tiebreak (7-6 (7-3)). Saucedo and Luttrell picked up a win in the third set (6-3) to win the match.
“Mia and Shelby were forced into a third set after a tiebreak loss in the second set, but they kept intensity and focus in the third set,” Wiley said. “Under the lights, the two seniors showed resolve and determination to win their final home match.”
Aubree Powell and Sera Glass picked up the final win for the Lady Blazers, with their win coming over Caitlin Huang and Chloe Jenkins in their No. 2 doubles action. Powell and Glass won the match in two sets, 6-4 and 6-4. Sydney West and Kalli Smith linked up for No. 3 doubles action, falling to Hannah Brin and Courtney Hamilton (6-2, 6-2).
The Blazers boys drew a tough match against Laramie, falling in all five matches.
“Obviously a tough match against Laramie for the boys,” Laramie said. “This Laramie boys team is deep and poised to make a legitimate run at the state championship, so we knew it would be a challenge.”
In singles action, Ethan Creagar fell to Kyle Moore (6-0, 6-2) and Clay Peterson dropped his match against Quingfeng LI (6-3, 6-2).
The closest doubles match came at No. 3 doubles. Mason Brummell and Jaysen Stitt found themselves on the losing end of a two-set match, 6-1 and 6-4. Kelly Peterson and Brian Fenn were paired for No. 1 doubles. The duo fell in two sets as well, 6-3 and 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Levi Wickham and Mason Weis lost 6-1 and 6-0.
Torrington 3, Alliance, Neb. 2
In a warm up for Laramie, the Torrington boys hosted Alliance on Thursday, picking up the close win on their home court.
Creagar represented well at No. 1 singles, besting Chance Crowe in two sets, 6-0 and 6-1. Clay Peterson also picked up a win in singles action (6-2, 6-3).
“It was a great match for the boys,” Wiley said. “Ethan was precise and crisp with decision making. Clay adjusted well during his match and maintained solid, consistent play throughout.”
Fenn and Kelly Peterson linked up for the final Torrington win. The duo bested Jake Ackerman and Zachary Placek in two sets (6-2, 6-2). Wickham and Weis fell in two sets in No. 2 doubles action (6-1, 6-1), while Brummell and Ringle also fell in two, 6-4 and 6-1.
The Torrington JV players got several games in recently. Against Alliance, Kaden Wunibald and Emanuel Bustamonte fell in their match (8-4), while Weis and Benjamin Braddy picked up a win. Braddy and Weis also linked up for JV action Friday against Laramie, falling in their match. Jodee Powell and Martina Padovani lost in their JV match against Laramie on Friday.
The JV Blazers also competed in a tournament in Laramie on Saturday. Smith and West competed in the girls’ A Division, snagging second. Powell and Padovani again combined for action, winning the C Division.
Partners Stitt and Brummell and Braddy and Bustamonte went 1-3 each. Joseph Randolph and Wunibald went 0-4 in Laramie.
The varsity Blazers return to competitive action for the regional tournament scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Cheyenne.