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Tennis closing out strong regular season at Best of the West

After a strong showing at last week's Dawg Bite Invitational, the Three Forks High School Tennis team will wrap up a successful regular season on May 10 and 11 in Missoula.

"I know the team is strong this year, and we are holding a solid record in both singles and doubles as we walk into our last regular-season matches at the Best of the West in Missoula, hosted by Loyola Sacred Heart," Head Coach Janna Lauver said.

After facing off on day one with Cut Bank and host Loyola, Lauver said the team would move into bracketed play on day two, with players working their way through matches against all the participating teams.

"We have worked all year for this weekend to be able to show off our growth and depth in our first invite to Best of the West," she said.

The Wolves wrapped up the regular season with 18 wins at the Dawg Bite Invite, which had matches played at several locations, including Helena and Manhattan.

Malia Eriksson shined at number one singles for Three Forks, picking up six wins at the two-day invite.

Eriksson won 6-3, 7-6 (6-4) over Kyra Kyung of Broadwater, 8-3 over Emily Enos of Baker, 6-3, 6-4 over Bailey Silvonen of Jefferson, 6-3, 6-2 over Miley Babcock of Troy, 6-2, 6-3 over Lina Vaughn of Fort Benton, and 6-2, 6-3 over Alex Joyce of Great Falls Central.

It was also quite the invite at the number three singles position for Sophie Meskimen who won 6-2, 6-3 win over Bryleigh Erickson of Broadwater, 8-4 over Avery O'Conner of Baker, 6-3, 6-2 over Grace Day of Jefferson, 6-4, 6-2 over Paetyn Templet of Fort Benton, and 6-3, 6-2 over Jolene Foutch of Troy. Meskimen was also winning in two matches that were called for time.

At number four singles, Sarah Christman won 8-6 over Iva Betnic of Baker, and at number five singles, Amanda Wilcox won 6-3, 6-4 over Allie Yenchek of Great Falls Central.

Lydia Ogeka won the first set in her singles match that was called due to time.

The number one doubles team of Maddie Griffiths and Karin Williams won 6-2, 6-3 over Clara Genger and Addy Leary of Jefferson and 6-2, 6-3 over Brooke Place and Abby Kreutzer of Troy.

Claire Cutler and Mikayla Lear, the number two doubles team, won 6-4, 6-2 over Clara Yap and Holly Keogh of Jefferson and 6-2, 6-2 over Bella O'Day and Sophie Simanovicki of Troy.

In other doubles action, Williams and Cutler teamed up to win 6-3, 6-2 over a Great Falls Central team.

The Wolves will open the postseason on May 16 at the Divisional Tournament in Butte.

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