Wolfpack doubles back for another bite

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Glacier seniors Anna Cecil and Maya Buckingham are back in the semifinals at the Class AA state tennis tournament, and have a chance to avenge a familiar foe to get to the finals.

Cecil and Buckingham teamed up to top Bozeman’s Hannah Hays and Brooklyn Mailey 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Flathead Valley Community College. The Bozeman pair knocked Cecil and Buckingham out of last season’s tournament.

“It was a rough match but I think we played well,” Cecil said.

“We managed to pull through in the tiebreak and got our attitude more positive. I think we’ve done really well. I think we’ve been playing better today than we have the entire year.”

The Glacier duo will face another familiar foe in the semifinals this morning, Missoula Sentinel’s Hannah Worden and Peyton Finch, for a chance to play in the final.

Worden is half of the state championship team that beat Cecil and Buckingham in the semifinals last season. The teams have played close matches this season, including a tiebreak in the first meeting.

Cecil and Buckingham are the only Wolfpack players to advance to the final day after starting the tournament with the most entries.

Wolfpack boys singles player Holland Blalack, the Northern division champion, was upset in three sets in the first round and again in loser-out play.

Girls singles player McKenna Tinseth lost in the first round to top-seeded Katie Hooten of Billings Skyview and won in her first match of the loser-out bracket, only to lose in the second match.

All three boys doubles teams and the other two girls doubles teams lost in the first round. Tyler Keller and Kyle Buckingham won in three sets to advance to a third match on the day but lost to top-seeded Jordan Gibbs and Jayden Ostler of Billings West after that pair had been upset in the quarterfinals.

Bozeman has the advantage to repeat for both the boys and girls titles.

The Hawks have two boys and one girl in the singles semifinals and two boys teams in the doubles semifinals.

Billings Senior and Missoula Sentinel are challenging for the boys and girls titles with each team in second place after the first day.

Play concludes today with matches starting at 8 a.m. and championship matches scheduled for 1 p.m.

BOYS

Team Scores — Bozeman 16, Billings Senior 11, Missoula Sentinel 11, Helena 8, Billings West 5, Missoula Big Sky 2, Great Falls 2, Billings Skyview 2, Glacier 1, Capital 1.

Singles

First Round

Jay Montague, BS, def. Clayton Ryerson, HH, 7-6 (1) 6-0; Connor D’Angelo, MH, def. Miggy San Pedro, GF, 6-3, 6-4; Liam Johnson, MB, def. Leonard Ormseth, CMR, 6-1, 6-4; Marcos Zelver, Boz, def. Andy Bough, BS, 6-0, 6-1; Jake Treece, MS, def. Andrew Davidson, GF, 6-2, 6-2; Ethan Hanley, Boz, def. Aidan Binau, SV, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0; Cory Bowlby, HH, def. Marko Foster, BS, 6-0, 6-0; Cody Curtis, MS, def. Holland Blalack, Gla, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Quarterfinals

Montague def. D’Angelo 6-0, 6-3; Zelver def. Johnson 6-0, 6-1; Hanley def. Treece 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Bowlby def. Curtis 6-0, 6-0.

Loser-Out

First Round

San Pedro def. Ryerson 6-3, 5-7, 6-3; Bough def. Ormseth 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Binau def. Davidson 6-0, 6-1; Foster def. Blalack 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

Second Round

San Pedro def. Johnson 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; D’Angelo def. Bough 6-0, 6-0; Binau def. Curtis 6-0, 6-1; Treece def. Foster 6-2, 7-5.

Doubles

First Round

Jordan Gibbs/Jayden Ostler, BW, def. Logan Hill/Ben Desmul, Gla, 6-1, 6-0; Noah Metzger/Henry Stewart, Boz, def. Kevin Thomas/Thomas Stevens, MS, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4); Alex Seburn/Noah Jakovac, HH, def. Wyatt Brown/Henry Stahl, MH, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; Bo HendersonConnor Eaton, BS, def. Tyler Keller/Kyle Buckingham, Gla, 6-2, 7-5; Sean Ramsbacher/Ethan Violette, MS, def. Brock Belcher/Alex Hanson, HC, 6-1, 6-2; Hayden Pulis/Dylan Burton, BW, def. Tyler Patrick/Kyle Korb, CMR, 6-1, 6-2; George Dyre/Justin Pazmino, BS, def. Jack Desmul/Morgan Cordell, Gla, 6-1, 6-1; Logan Derby/Jackson Pederson, Boz, def. Cole Tolleson-Knee/Hendry Ledyard, MH, 6-0, 6-1.

Quarterfinals

Metzger/Stewart def. Gibbs/Ostler 7-5, 0-6, 6-3; Seburn/Jakovac def. Henderson/Eaton 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; Ramsbacher/Violette def. Pulis/Burton 6-1, 6-1; Derby/Perdersen def. Dyre/Pazmino 6-0, 6-0.

Loser-Out

First Round

Thomas/Stevens def. Hill/Desmul 6-0, 6-1; Keller/Buckingham def. Brown/Stahl 6-2, 2-6, 6-0; Belcher/Hanson def. Patrick Korb 6-0, 6-2; Tolleson-Knee/Ledyard def. Desmul/Cordell 6-2, 7-6 (7).

Second Round

Thomas/Stevens def. Henderson/Eaton 6-1, 7-6 (3); Gibbs/Ostler def. Keller/Buckingham 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; Dyre/Pazmino def. Belcher/Hanson 6-3, 6-3; Tolleson-Knee/Ledyard def. Pulis/Burton 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

GIRLS

Team Scores — Bozeman 10, CMR 8, Billings Senior 8, Missoula Sentinel 8, Missoula Hellgate 7, Helena 6, Glacier 5, Helena Capital 4, Billings West 3, Great Falls 1.

Singles

First Round

Katie Hooten, SV, def. McKenna Tinseth, Gla, 6-1, 6-0; Pilar Santos, HH, def. Maya Nguyen-Haberneski, MH, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Luci Marques, HH, def. Meredith Murdock, MS, 6-2, 6-1; Mackenzie George, CMR, def. Zuzhana Durisova, BW, 6-2, 6-2; Olivia Panerella, MH, def. Ellie Zillis, Boz, 6-3, 6-1; Gail Parambi, CMR, def. Annie Woods, BS, 7-5, 6-1; Kristen Kraske, BS, def. Anna Johnson, GF, 6-0, 6-4; Heather Sikoski, Boz, def. Danielle Buchanan, MB, 6-0, 6-0.

Quarterfinals

Hooten def. Santos 6-1, 6-2; George def. Marques 7-5, 6-1; Panarella def. Parambi 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; Sikoski def. Kraske 6-1, 6-0.

Loser-Out

First Round

Tinseth def. Nguyen-Haberneski 6-4, 7-6 (5); Durisova def. Murdock 6-4, 6-0; Woods def. Zillis 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; Johnson def. Buchanan 7-6 (2), 6-0.

Second Round

Marques def. Tinseth 6-1, 6-1; Durisova def. Santos 6-1, 6-2; Woods def. Kraske 6-4, 6-3; Parambi def. Johnson 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles

First Round

Gigi Montague/Kenzy Gilsdorf, BS, def. Abbie George/Lindsey Burkett, HH, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Chelsea Bone/Bronwyn McCormick, MS, def. Tessa Howe/McKenna Johnson, Gla, 7-6 (4), 6-4; Holland Small/Kate Koenig, MH, def. Ally Dube/Erynn Murphy, CMR, 6-4, 7-5; Fiona Powers/Bridget Powers, HC, def. Ellie Kuoppola/Destiny Soennichsen, Butte, 6-2, 6-3; Hannah Worden/Peyton Finch, MS, def. Libby Hill/Meagan Gillespie, Gla, 6-1, 6-1; Annika Linkenbach/Laurel Ward, Boz def. Payton Crawford/Leslie Pazmino, BS, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1); Hannah Hays/Brooklyn Mailey, Boz, def. Catherine Follet/Allison Johnson, BW, 6-3, 6-1; Maya Buckingham/Anna Cecil, Gla, def. Katie Greybeal/Zoe Nelson, MH, 6-3, 6-0.

Quarterfinals

Bone/McCormick def. Montague/Gilsdorf 6-1, 4-6, 7-5; Powers/Powers def. Small/Koenig 6-1, 6-0; Worden/Finch def. Linckenbach/Ward 6-3, 7-6 (1); Buckingham/Cecil def. Hays/Mailey 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Loser-Out

First Round

George/Burkett def. Howe/Johnson 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3; Dube/Murphy def. Kuoppola/Soennichsen 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Crawford/Pazmino def. Hill/Gillespie 6-3, 6-3; Follett/Johnson def. Greybeal/Nelson 7-5, 6-4.

Second Round

Small/Koenig def. George/Burkett 7-6 (6), 6-2; Montague/Gilsdorf def. Dube/Murphy 6-2, 6-2; Hays/Mailey def. Crawford/Pazmino 6-2, 6-2; Linkenbach/Ward def. Follet/Johnson 6-3, 6-4.

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