Cody senior Teagan Thompson frustrates her teammates when she puts a spin on her return shots. It’s one of the many things she worked on over the summer.
Tuesday she frustrated her first two opponents with those same drop shots, winning both matches at No. 1 singles to help lead the Cody girls tennis teams to 5-0 sweeps against Green River and Rock Springs to open the season at the Cody Tennis Complex.
The Broncs won 3-2 and 5-0.
The senior-led Cody girls are looking at another year as a state contender, having finished third last season. The Fillies boast three returning state champs, including Thompson (No. 2 singles champ in 2017) and the defending state champ No. 1 doubles team of Simona Wambeke and Maddy Icenogle.
All came to play in the opener, even shaking off a late start in the afternoon when Rock Springs was delayed in Powell and turned a 2 p.m. start into an after-3 p.m. beginning.
Thompson finished 6-2, 6-2 against Rock Springs and 6-1, 6-3 against Green River.
Wambeke and Icenogle lost just one game all day, defeating Green River 6-1, 6-0 and Rock Springs 6-0, 6-0.
They know they’re the team to beat, but they’re not feeling any more pressure.
“I think people want to beat us,” Wambeke said. “But I think we play pretty smart together.”
Those three seniors are set in their spots this year, but No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles were to be decided Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Torrie Schutzman and Ashlynn Staggs, a transfer from Tennessee, each won at No. 2 singles and as part of the No. 2 doubles team.
One will play No. 2 singles going forward and the other will join Anna Brenner on the second doubles team.
“It’s fine for me because I like both of the girls,” Brenner said.
In the morning she and Schutzman were one of a couple of teams that struggled before finding the groove, prevailing 7-6, 6-3 after winning a first-set tiebreaker.
Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales needed a third set to secure the win against Green River in the morning – 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 – but came out on fire in the afternoon, winning 6-0, 6-0.
“At first we started slow,” Anderson said.
But the pair, having played together for seven seasons, switched it on soon after.
The Cody boys started slow as a team, slipping by Green River in the morning on the strength of singles and No. 1 doubles.
In the afternoon the Broncs left no doubt. By the time the lengthy No. 1 singles match ended with Cody Champlin winning 6-1, 6-1, Cody had long since secured the win for a 2-0 start to the year.
“That was a long one,” Champlin said.
He moved up from No. 2 singles last year after the graduation of Mark Bullerdick.
The spot was one of many in flux.
“The big thing is even though we only lost (two guys), our lineup is very different,” senior Dillon Romero said.
Romero was in the mix for No. 1 doubles again but has been unable to participate in the playoff due to a sprained back, so instead Solomon Stewart and Hayden DeMaranville grabbed a pair of wins.
Sorting out the final positions coach Norm Sedig said could take the rest of the week, but singles had already been established, with senior Jackson Golden vaulting from last year’s successful No. 3 doubles team to No. 2 singles.
“I played five times a week this summer,” he said. “I was really trying to play a lot of people, and I played in every tournament.”
He won 6-0, 6-0 in the afternoon and 6-1, 6-1 in the morning.
In the afternoon the No. 2 doubles team of Tristan Dollard and T.J. Smith, and No. 3 doubles team (C.J. Dominick and Mitchel Schwab) also cruised to two-set wins for the sweep.
Cody continues a busy start to the season, travelling to Rawlins on Thursday and Gillette on Friday.
Sedig said the flurry of early games will help decide the final positions.
“These matches give us a chance to look at different lineups, different configurations of doubles teams,” he said. “We’ll see where the chips fall.”
Fillies 5, Green River 0
No. 1 singles: Teagan Thompson def. Gabrielle Heiser 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 singles: Ashlynn Staggs def. Megan Counts 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 1 doubles: Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke(12) def. Morgan Atkins and Rory Ratcliff 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Anna Brenner and Torrie Schutzmandef. Sydney Beutel and Alice Harrison, 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 3 doubles: Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales def. Emmie Archibold and Kaylee Cairon 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Broncs 3, Green River 2
No. 1 singles: Cody Champlin def. Caeden Grubb 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 singles: Jackson Golden def. Connor Friel 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 doubles: Hayden Demaronville and Solomon Stewart def. Jon Ty Leininger and Elliot Potter 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Tristan Dollard and TJ Smith lost to Camden Nelson and Durgen Kunkle 4-6, 6-3, 3-6
No. 3 doubles: TJ Dominick and Mitchell Schwab lost to Kaden Lloyd and Jake Fincllow 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(5)
Fillies 5, Rock Springs 0
No. 1 singles: Teagan Thompson def. Rachel Shuler 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Torrie Schutzman def. Aislyn Pecolar 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 doubles: Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke 6-0 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Anna Brenner and Ashlynn Staggs def. Kameran Wilson and Allyson Turner 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 doubles: Soffy Anderson and Natty Morales def. Rikki Gozed and Abbie Erramousr 6-0, 6-0
Broncs 5, Rock Springs 0
No. 1 singles: Cody Champlin def. Nico Woolsey 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 singles: Jackson Golden def. Karden Hansen 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 doubles: Hayden DeMaronville and Solomon Stewart def. Kristan Klein and Tommy Edwards 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 doubles: Tristan Dollard and TJ Smith def. Kylerlen Valkenberg and Brodyn Conover 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 doubles: CJ Dominick and Mitchel Schwab def. Cole Meats and Adam Larson 6-1, 6-3