The Hardin Bulldog tennis team traveled to Billings for the Billings AA invite on Saturday and were met with wind. The windstorm that blew through central Montana last weekend created tough playing conditions and forced the cancelation of some matches.
For the Hardin boys who were to comptete against Billings Senior and Skyview, only the matches against Senior were played. The girls played Senior and were only able to get in a single set against Skyview before the wind ended their competition.
This year, Hardin has about 45 students out for tennis allowing them to field both girls and boys varsity teams, and a full boys and girls junior varsity team as well.
According to Head Coach Mike Flamm, this year’s team is young. The Bulldogs only have five returning starters on each team.
“Last year our lineup was deep,” Flamm said. “This year we have a lot of inexperience at the bottom of the lineup.”
For the boys, 17 of the 24 players are freshmen or sophomores. The girls have 10 freshmen or sophomores.
“We are getting better each week,” said Flamm. “We have players that are Hardin good, but we need to make them Eastern A good.”
In boys action, Flamm said, “The Eastern A will be tough. Glendive has quality, both Billings Central and Miles City are tough. We are bringing back the least amount of experience.”
“The girls, Billings Central has back most of it players from last year and Miles City is much improved. We seem good at putting doubles together, but we need to work on our single,” he said.
Even though the play was shortened due to the wind, the Bulldog girls tied Billings Senior 4-4 and after one set also tied 4-4 against Billings Skyview.
In singles action, Naumie Dushane won in three sets after losing her first set 5-7. She then came on strong taking the second set 6-1 and the third set 6-2.
“It’s a real testament to her,” said Flamm. “First time on varsity and she swings the match.”
In doubles action, the Bulldog girls took three out of the four matches with Savannah Green and Jaysun Albert winning 6-4, 7-5, Brittney Schaff and Lisa Cai winning 6-0, 6-3 and Kyanna Brooks and Guan Yin Stevens winning 6-2, 6-0.
In the single set against Skyview, player Maddie Flamm won 8-6 and Guan Yin Stevens won 9-7.
In doubles play, CICI Three Irons and Lisa Cai won 8-6, and Maddie Flamm and Guan Yin Stevens won 8-1.
“All of the girls got quality court time,” said Flamm. “We just need to see who fits best where.”
For the boys, Hardin lost to Billings Senior 1-7 and the matches against Skyview were canceled by the wind.
Slade Brien gave Hardin it’s only victory with his 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory in singles action.
“That match started at 9:30 and ended at 12:32,” said Flamm. “Brien put on one heck of a performance. It was a good match.”
Flamm pointed out Michael Neeser. “Even though he lost 0-6, 0-6 he made the Senior kid work for everything.”
This week, the Bulldogs will be traveling to Glendive for their Invite.
Billings Senior 4, Hardin 4
Singles: Emma Dyre, Sen, def. CICI Three Irons 6-2, 6-0; Isabella Whiteniath, Sen, def. Lisa Cai, 6-3, 6-4; Maren Kirkland, Sen, def. Brittney Schaff, 6-2, 7-4; Naomi Dushane, def Lily Dyre 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles: Savannah Green-Jaysun Albert, Har, def. Abby Coffee-Kerry Gilsdorf, 6-4, 7-5; Sarah Walck-Maddie Flamm, Har, def. Brittany Schaff 6-0, 6-1; Kyanna Brooks-Guan Yin Stevens, Hardin, def. Leslie Pazmino-Shelby Tuttle 6-0, 6-1.
*Due to wind, all matches were pro sets
Billings Senior 7, Hardin 1
Singles: Jay Montague, Sen, def. Michael Nesser, 6-0, 6-0; Slade Brien, Har, def. Jader Moller, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4; George Dyre, Sen, def. Taylor Lundberg, 6-2, 6-1; Malcolm Wildenberg, Sen, def. Jae Hugs, 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: Jack Wilgus-Skeff Thomas, Sen, def. Jayden Cover-Patrick Toyne 6-2, 6-1; Andrew Driscoll-Paul Foster, Sen, def. Jordell Yarlott-Codi Small, 6-0, 6-0; Sam Replogle-Andrew Salyer, Sen, def. Sean Neeser-Jeremiah Jabs, 6-3, 6-1; Bo Henderson-Ian Leatherberry, Sen, def. Taylor Lundberg-Jae Hugs, 6-2, 6-1.