For the majority of players on the Cody tennis team, Monday afternoon’s matchup with Powell was simply a nice warmup heading into regionals this weekend.
And for others, it was a grueling, all-out struggle that should prepare them well for what they are about to face in the postseason.
The Broncs swept the Panthers 5-0 on their home courts, and the Fillies managed to pull out a tough 3-2 victory as they wrapped up the regular season and said goodbye to the seniors.
Tade Geving got another tough match against Powell’s Cade Queen in No. 1 singles for the Broncs, but needed just two sets to take care of the talented Panther in Monday’s rematch which was rescheduled due to rain last Thursday.
Freshman Nick Stewart got a little payback against Powell’s Nathan Preator after falling to him on the road last month in two sets.
Stewart cruised to an easy 6-1 win in the opening set, dropped the second set 4-6, and rebounded with a dominant 6-1 third to win a big match heading into regionals.
“It’s the best the boys have done all year,” coach Jason Quigley said. “Actually the trip to Casper was great too. That’s where they started to pick it up. They were feeling it.”
Micah Idema and William Law shook off a 6-1 first set loss to dominate the next sets 6-1, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles for the Broncs, earning another win in their head-to-head matchup with their cross-county rivals.
With Carter Thompson out of town, Stewart Aguilar paired up with No. 1 alternate Christian Dudrick in No. 2 doubles and they didn’t skip a beat.
The new duo cruised to a nearly flawless 6-0, 6-0 win.
“We had a lot of seniors and they all kind of came together and performed really well,” Quigley said. “They just all played well together and it was great to see.”
Joseph Killpack and Caleb Wallace had a little closer match with Taeson Schultz and Ryan Barrus last month in Powell, but it didn’t take long to dispatch that pair on Monday in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
“I think we just got into our heads a little bit in Powell when we played them,” Killpack said. “We played a lot better this time.”
It turned out to be one of the quickest matches of the day, unlike another that turned out to be one of the longest matches of the year.
“We just came out a lot more aggressive this time,” Wallace said. “We played the way we should have the first time.”
Filly senior Hudson Selk probably didn’t anticipate what was in store for her in her rematch against Powell’s Chase Anderson.
Their dual in Powell was a three-set grinder last month, and Monday’s contest topped that one by a mile.
“I don’t know what happened, but it lasted four hours,” Selk said. “It was probably two hours longer than any other previous match.”
Selk played her game to perfection in the first set, taking that one 6-4 in a back and forth affair.
Anderson rebounded in the second however, taking it 6-7 in a battle that featured plenty of lengthy volleys.
“The first time I played Chase, she was more aggressive,” Selk said. “This time she started playing like I do and neither one of us missed a ball for hours. I think we were just waiting for the other person to make a mistake.”
Mistakes were few and far between, but Anderson pulled out the third set 6-2 after splitting the first two.
“Chase just came back and fought hard,” Selk said. “She has been playing singles for two years and has a little more experience, but it was a good match.”
Karina Schoessler had little trouble in No. 2 singles, taking care of Lachelle Lee, this time in two sets in the rematch.
Noelle Graham and Madison Christler got up big in their rematch with Allie Harp and Sydney Hull in the first set, but the Lady Panther pair fought back to get the win.
“That was just a really close matchup,” Quigley said. “It was about the same scores as it was in Powell.”
Alyssa Despain and Natalie Wenke, and Hailey Dansie and Brenna Foote took care of business in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively, to help the Fillies to the 3-2 win.
“It was a long day with a lot of good action,” Quigley said. “We have a lot of good kids heading into regionals and I have been pleasantly surprised with how they have all grown.”
Regionals will be split between Powell and Cody starting on Friday and running through Saturday.
The state tournament will be Sept. 23-24 in Gillette.
Broncs 5, Powell 0
No. 1 Singles - Tade Geving vs Cade Queen 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 2 Singles - Nick Stewart vs Nathan Preator 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
No. 1 Doubles - Micah Idema/William Law vs Keegan Hicswa/Kalin Hicswa 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Doubles - Stewart Aguilar/Christian Dudrick vs Seager World/Isaac Stensing 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Doubles - Joseph Killpack/Caleb Wallace vs Ryan Barrus/Taeson Schultz 6-0, 6-1
Fillies 3, Powell 2
No. 1 Singles - Hudson Selk vs Chase Anderson 6-4, 6-7, 2-6
No. 2 Singles - Karina Schoessler vs Lachelle Lee 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles - Noelle Graham/Madison Christler vs Alli Harp/Sydney Hull 5-7, 4-6
No. 2 Doubles - Alyssa Despain/Natalie Wenke vs Hannah Hincks/Alexis Terry 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles - Hailey Dansie/Brenna Foote vs Lucy Whipple/Maya Landwehr 6-3, 6-3