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TFHS Tennis battles at Triangular

The Three Forks High School Tennis team was busy last Tuesday with a strong showing against in a Triangular against Broadwater and Red Lodge.

The Wolves opened against Red Lodge with Sophie Meskimen picking up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Taylor Schultz and the doubles team of Malia Eriksson and Claire Cutler picking up 6-2, 6-2 wins over Meredith Buchanon and Chole Buescher, and Sam Lenohs and Buescher.

TFHS Head Coach Janna Lauver said Red Lodge had a much smaller team because of illness. Along with the three matchups, they added a few exhibition games for Maddie Griffiths, Sarah Christman, Ruby Warden, and Alicia Deriana.

"We are looking forward to seeing Red Lodge and their whole team against at our meet on April 18 and the Dawgbite Tourney at the end of April," Lauver said.

In action against Townsend, Christman lost in three sets to Calie Gentry, 2-6, 6-2, 4-7. Meskimen won in three sets against Cass Johnson, 3-6, 7-5, 7-3. Karin Williams won the lone set against Gentry 7-5 in a match that was called due to time and darkness.

Lauver said Meskimen had a lively game with lots of back-and-forth playing off a giant crack.

"Several hard-fought game points gave Sophie the second game win, and she ultimately bested Broadwater's Cass Johnson in a set tie-break," Lauver said.

In doubles play, the Wolves' number one team of Warden and Deriana, lost 2-6, 4-6, against last year's second-place division team of Liz Collins and Lexi Howard.

"They picked up some late match points, which helped them move more around the court to try to get around Broadwater's defensive wall. We look forward to a rematch later in the season," Lauver said.

The number two doubles team of Griffiths and Williams's fell 3-6, 3-6, to Emily Bird and Carsyn O'Dell.

"They put up a good fight going into several deuce matches but ultimately fell to the Broadwater pair. We know we are going to see a lot of improvement from these two as we get them more practice and court time in the coming weeks.

Eriksson and Cutler defeated Addy Kraft and Harper Wolfgram, 6-2, 6-2. Lauver said there were lots of great shots and serving in the wind during the match, and the team will need that practice for later in the season when the wind dominates most of the state.