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Busy week nets positive results for Wolves tennis

A busy week of action in Billings was plenty successful for the Three Forks High School Tennis team. The Wolves found success on Tuesday with matches against Red Lodge, Forsyth, and Baker and were also strong winning 13 matches Friday and Saturday at the Red Lodge Invitational.

"I was absolutely thrilled with the style of play Three Forks played this weekend and the amount of hard-fought points and difficult matches they faced. We had a successful day with 13 wins. They played patient and skilled matches for sure," said Head Coach Janna Lauver. "They are definitely improving match after match in preparation for divisional tournaments in Billings in May."

Sarah Christman, Ali Kotter, Sophie Meskimen, and Karin Williams all had two wins in singles play at the Red Lodge Invite.

The doubles team of Maddie Griffiths and Williams had a great invite, winning three matches. The team of Alicia Deriana and Ruby Warden competed on the first day of the invite and picked up two victories.


It was a busy day of action on April 18, with Three Forks traveling to Billings for competition at a Tennis Extravaganza against Red Lodge, Forsyth, and Baker.

Lauver said the team started competing in best two of three sets, starting 2-2.

"Honestly, we saw our players play some of the best tennis we have seen all season playing #1, #2 and #3 singles and great competition with Red Lodge, Forsyth & Bakers #1 and #2 doubles. The competition was stiff, but we learned a lot and got to have our first matches ever against Baker," Lauver said.

According to Lauver, Meskimen had incredible back-and-forth matches with Danika Tucker and Katlynn Good at singles.

"All three were incredible competitors, and Sophie was impressive with her patience in both matches," Lauver said.

In other singles play, Lauver said Kotter got a pair of wins and remains a strong competitor with fast feet and strong game plan, adding Sarah Christmas fought hard in her two matches.

The doubles teams of Claire Cutler and Tommi Kirwan won in three sets. Lauver added that Cutler also had a hard-fought singles match that ended early. Warden and Deriana won in doubles, and Griffiths and Williams fell short in two hard-fought battles.

"Our freshmen Anna Dabling, Tommi Kirwan, Madison Evans, and Brooke Clayburn all got two matches today in both singles and doubles play. It was awesome to see them taking what they are learning in practice and putting it all out on the court," Lauver said.