Cody senior Simona Wambeke said if some of her teammates play like they did Thursday against Powell, they’re as good as anyone in the state.
“Our singles players played really well and if they play the way they have they will give Sheridan, Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne Central a run for their money,” she said.
The Cody girls tennis team won the first meeting and Thursday won the one that counts, defeating Powell 5-0 in conference. Teagan Thompson lost just one game at No. 1 singles and Torrie Schutzman finished 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
The Fillies (9-0, 4-0 North 4A Conference) lost only one set in the sweep at No. 3 doubles, which won in three sets.
Wambeke, who along with Maddy Icenogle won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, said many of the matches were close.
“Our doubles teams were also playing well, but it took a second for Maddy and I to calm down, focus and play our game,” Wambeke said.
The Broncs (5-4, 1-3) again played tough but lost 4-1 to the cross-county rivals, with only the No. 2 doubles team walking away with a win.
“The Powell boys could very well win the North 4A Conference championship, the North 4A Regional championship and the Wyoming 4A State championship,” coach Norm Sedig said. “They’re that good.”
Solomon Stewart and Mitchell Schwab won in straight sets for Cody’s lone win.
“Powell has been and will continue to be a tough matchup as we move into regionals and state,” No. 1 doubles player Dillon Romero said.
He said a Panthers lineup change – the No. 2 singles player switched with a No. 1 doubles player – put him and partner Hayden Demaranville, along with No. 2 singles player Jackson Golden, in a tight spot.
“Jackson, Hayden and I had made comprehensive plans on how to take them down after our first meeting and then we were kind of caught off-guard when we played different players,” Romero said. “That of course was our fault but it did play a role in the outcome of the meet.”
Cody plays at Sheridan on Tuesday. Saturday the teams host Kelly Walsh.
“It’s going be our first big test for the Fillies,” Sedig said. “We’ll find out Tuesday if we’re made out of steel or cream puffs. I expect close matches in all five entries.
“Hopefully, we can come out to stay in contention for the 4A conference championship and continuing to push for top seeds at North 4A Regionals.”
Fillies 5, Powell 0
No. 1 singles: Teagan Thompson def. Sloane Asay 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles: Torrie Schutzman def. Ashley Dunkerley 6-3, 6-1
No. 1 doubles: Simona Wambeke and Maddy Icenogle def. Hailee Paul and Sophe Morrow 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 doubles: Ashlynn Staggs and Anna Brenner def. Sami Cole and Sydnee Thompson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 3 doubles: Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales def. Whitney Hull and Kaili Wisniewski 6-1, 6-2
Powell 4, Broncs 1
No. 1 singles: Cody Champlin lost to Jesse Brown 2-6, 1-6
No. 2 singles: Jackson Golden lost to Dylan Preator 4-6, 1-6
No. 1 doubles: Dillon Romero and Hayden DeMaranville lost to Aidan Jacobsen and Justin Vanderbeek 6-7(3-7), 2-6
No. 2 doubles: Solomon Stewart and Mitchell Schwab def. Grant Dillivan and Ethan Bartholomew 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 doubles: Tristan Dollard and TJ Smith lost to Jay Cox and Logan Brown 2-6, 6-3, 2-6