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September 09, 2008 1:01 am

PHS tennis teams split matches

Written by Tribune Staff

Girls go 2-1, boys go 1-2

It was an up-and-down week for the PHS tennis teams.

On Thursday, the PHS boys and girls emerged victorious over the Cody Broncs and Fillies, both by 4-1 margins.

PHS coach Ray Bieber couldn't recall another time in his tenure that Powell has swept Cody.

Things took a downturn Saturday morning. Both boys and girls squads came up empty against Jackson, losing their 10 matches.

Bieber said that although the final scores may not show it, all the matches were competitive.

“We gave it a good effort, but (Jackson) played very well,” he said.

Bieber said he's never seen a team play as well as Jackson did on Saturday.

“We figured out some things to work on, which is good,” he said. “It was a good wake-up call for us.”

Bieber said the Panthers need to battle against teams like Jackson if they want to succeed at state.

Both the boys and girls teams bounced back in the Saturday afternoon match against Riverton. The guys took a 3-2 victory, and the girls won 5-0, two matches by forfeit.

Girls No. 1 singles player Darcee Lynn played three strong matches last week, Bieber said. Lynn, a senior, beat Cody's Jill Ross in three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-1) on Thursday. In Saturday's competition, Lynn fell to Jackson's Mady Gerard (6-2, 6-1), but trumped Kelsey Fuztos of Riverton (6-2, 6-2).

Senior Chelsea Akin also had three good matches, Bieber said. At No. 2 singles, she beat Alison Johnston of Cody (7-5, 6-0), lost to Jackson's Madison Pachoe (6-4, 6-1), and then defeated Riverton's Hailey Reiter 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 1 doubles, seniors Alexa Kienlen and Taylor Stockdale beat Cody (6-0, 6-1), dropped a match against Jackson (6-1, 6-1), and won by default against Riverton.
Bieber said the Riverton squad had some people sick and one girl missed the team bus.

No. 2 doubles duo Kelli Lewis and Kelsey McKearney went 2-1 last week. The seniors trumped Cody (6-3, 7-5), suffered a Jackson setback (6-3, 6-0), then turned around and beat Riverton's team (7-5, 6-0).

Sophomore Lisa Schiermeister and junior Brittany Feller rounded things out at No. 3 doubles. The pair lost to Cody (7-5, 6-3) and Jackson (6-0, 6-3), and then won by forfeit against Riverton.

On the boys side, Jonas Kuehl took down Cody's Gunnar Lampe at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3). On Saturday, junior Kuehl fell to Jackson's Cody Blum (6-1, 6-1), but rebounded against Riverton's Randy McKinnon (6-2, 6-2).

Senior Chris Brinkerhoff had similar results on a 2-1 week. At No. 2 singles, he beat Cody's Wiley Newsome (6-3, 7-6(3)), lost to Jackson's Nate Tratenberg (6-1, 7-5) and beat Quintin Harrison of Riverton (6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4).

Bieber was pleased with the improvement of No. 1 doubles team Levi Anderson and Sam Wise. The juniors came through with their first win of the season on Thursday, trumping their Cody counterparts in split sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Anderson and Wise lost to Jackson (6-1, 6-3) and Riverton (6-2, 6-1).

At No. 2 doubles, freshmen Todd Lewis and Eric Curtis fell to Cody (6-1, 6-4) and Jackson (6-2, 6-4), but bounced back to beat Riverton in straight sets (6-2, 7-6(4)).

Tyler Morgan and Robert Speiser triumphed in three sets over Cody's No. 3 doubles team, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. The sophomores dropped matches against Jackson (6-1, 6-2) and Riverton (7-5, 6-4).
Bieber said the teams will have plenty of work this week. Specifically, they'll practice volleys and second serves.

“This weekend it isn't going to get any easier,” Bieber said.

The Panthers will take on Kelly Walsh and Natrona this Saturday, two teams that Bieber says should be strong.