Cody faced its toughest opponent yet on the final day of the tennis regular season.
For the Fillies No. 1 doubles team the opponent was tough enough to make it look easy as Simona Wambeke and Maddy Icenogle dropped just one game en route to a quick win.
“When we have tougher competition we play tougher,” Wambeke said. “When they hit hard we can hit hard back. We can get tougher shots at the net.”
For the other doubles teams the wins took awhile, but those victories secured a 3-2 decision against Kelly Walsh for the season 4A North Conference title.
The Fillies (12-0, 7-0) last won the conference championship in 2017. Last year Kelly Walsh defeated Cody for the regular season title.
The win for the Cody girls, along with a sweep of Natrona earlier in the day Saturday at the Cody Tennis Complex, secured a perfect regular season, but Kelly Walsh players will likely be a thorn in the side for regionals and state as well.
Regionals starts Thursday in Casper at the Trojans courts.
Last year Cody finished third at state, just behind Kelly Walsh.
“It’s hard to lose, but it’s almost better going into regionals and state, you can relax,” she said. “Now I know what I need to do to get better.”
Thompson fell to the state’s third-best singles player from last season but had the chance to watch as the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams fought through tough, long matches for wins.
The No. 2 doubles team of Ashlynn Staggs and Anna Brenner recovered from a second-set tiebreak loss against Kelly Walsh to win in three sets.
In the morning, Staggs had taken a break from doubles and filled in for Thompson – who was taking the ACT test – at No. 1 singles, securing an easy win over Natrona.
“I was pretty happy with it,” she said. “I actually prefer singles over doubles.”
But Saturday doubles proved the difference.
“It was a donnybrook Saturday with Kelly Walsh for the championship,” Sedig said. “It came down to the last match being played, the No. 2 girls doubles.
“Ash and Anna rose to the occasion and steamrolled to a 6-2 third-set victory,” Sedig said.
Broncs go 1-1
The Broncs likewise fought through long, grueling matches but could not secure any victories, falling 5-0 to Kelly Walsh after sweeping Natrona in the morning.
Three of the five matches were decided in three sets and the No. 3 doubles team of TJ Smith and CJ Dominick went to a third-set tiebreak after the Broncs couldn’t secure match point.
“Obviously it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth,” Dominick said of the loss. “But we played really well.”
Jackson Golden is no stranger to lengthy matches and he played through another over-two-hour match against Kelly Walsh, losing the third set by two games after rallying to win the second.
“I guess I’m just a slow starter,” he said.
And a persistent finisher, mirroring the rest of the team.
The Broncs finished the season at 6-6, 2-5 in conference play.
Fillies 5, Natrona 0
No. 1 singles: Ashlynn Staggs def. Keating Chase 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles: Torrie Schutzman def. Elena Galles 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 doubles: Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke def. Taylin Smith and Brooklyn Colling 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Anna Brenner and Sage Crofts def. Taylor Bundy and Sydney Rizzi 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
No. 3 doubles: Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales def. Breanna Flesvig and Avery Olson 6-1, 6-0
Fillies 3, Kelly Walsh 2
No. 1 singles: Teagan Thompson lost to Finley Klinger 0-6, 2-6
No. 2 singles: Torrie Schutzman lost to Lily Putnam 5-7, 0-6
No. 1 doubles: Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke def. Gabby Blumberg and Kaitlyn Lane 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Ashlynn Staggs and Anna Brenner def. Kylie Dray and Isabel Rieker 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3
No. 3 doubles: Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales def. Kaylan Allsop and Marlan Wilson 7-6(2), 6-2
Broncs 5, Natrona 0
No. 1 singles: Cody Champlin won by forfeit
No. 2 singles: Jackson Golden def. Davis Knight 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 doubles: Hayden DeMaranville and Solomon Stewart def. Bridger Myers and Kyler Syverson 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 doubles: Dillon Romero and Mitchell Schwab def. Mason Aune and W. Neumiller 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 doubles: CJ Domnick and TJ Smith won by forfeit
Kelly Walsh 5, Broncs 0
No. 1 singles: Cody Champlin lost to Buck Harris 0-6, 4-6
No. 2 singles: Jackson Golden lost to Austin Putnam 3-6, 6-4, 5-7
No. 1 doubles: Hayden DeMaranville and Solomon Stewart lost to Drew Rasmussen and Jackson Catchpole 5-7, 3-6
No. 2 doubles: Dillon Romero and Mitchell Schwab lost to Parker Phillips and Colton Allaire 7-5, 0-6, 3-6
No. 3 doubles: CJ Dominick and TJ Smith lost to Brenan Brown and Ethan Spicher 3-6, 1-6, 5-7(3)