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Polson tennis hosts three teams to kick off season

by SCOT HEISEL
Lake County Leader | March 30, 2021 2:00 PM

Both the Polson boys and girls tennis teams went 1-2 over the weekend in home matches against Hamilton and Libby on Friday, and Corvallis on Saturday.

The Lady Pirates’ most dominant match was a 6-1 win against Hamilton on Friday, when Berkley Ellis, Sierra Lundeen and Elizabeth Tolley all won singles matches. Lundeen’s came with an 11-9 third set. The girls also swept their doubles matches against Hamliton.

Also Friday, the girls fell 4-3 to Libby, with the Lady Loggers taking four singles matches and the Lady Pirates sweeping a trio of doubles matches.

The Polson boys lost 4-3 to Hamilton. Torrin Ellis and Brock Henrickson each won singles matches, while the duo of Michael Smith and Owen McElwee took a doubles match.

The Pirates also managed a 4-3 win over Libby on Friday. Trent Wilson notched a singles victory against the Loggers, while Colter Wilson teamed up with Chris Lake for a doubles victory.

Head coach Bob Hislop said Friday that his team was ready to compete again after missing last season due to COVID-19.

“They’re very eager,” Hislop said. “Maybe a bit too eager, in fact. I think some of them are too amped up and maybe not playing their best today. It’s just great to be back on the court, though.”

Both teams fell to Corvallis by a score of 5-2 on Saturday.

Qia Harlan/Berkley Ellis got a win in girls doubles, and Katelyn Smith won her singles match. Trent Wilson won in singles and Michael Smith/Torrin Ellis were winners in doubles for the boys.

Friday, March 2 at Polson

Boys: Hamilton 4, Polson 3

Boys Singles: Torrin Ellis (Polson) def. Dawson Berglund, 6-0, 6-1; Andy Purcell (Hamilton) def. Trent Wilson, 6-3, 6-1; Colin Hanley (Hamilton) def. Chris Lake 6-0, 6-1; Brock Henrickson (Polson) def. Logan Vandenburg, 6-2, 6-0.

Boys Doubles: Michael Smith/Owen McElwee (Polson) def. Liam O’Connell/Jackson Heath, 6-0, 6-3; Topper Gurney/Isaac Harmon (Hamilton) def. Tristan Clifford/Torrin Ellis, forfeit; Max Naidl/Philippe Vitse (Hamilton) def. Colter Wilson/Owen McElwee, forfeit.

Girls: Polson 6, Hamilton 1

Girls Singles: Berkley Ellis (Polson) def. Eliana Foss, 6-4, 6-2; Sierra Lundeen (Polson) def. Rylee Brackman, 6-2. 4-6, 11-9; Gracie Hawkes (Hamilton) def. Clara Todd 6-4, 6-4; Elizabeth Tolley (Polson) def. Sofia Lewanski, 6-4, 6-1.

Girls Doubles: Qia Harlan/Megan Rost (Polson) def. Maria Kanenwisher/Brynn Lehtola, (6-0, 6-2; Ara Mercer/Taylor Collinge (Polson) def. Madeline DeVall/Emma Hollingsworth, 6-0, 6-1; Jelaysia Forman-Webster/Piper Hoxie (Polson) def. Anna Twardoski/Natalie Hawks, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys: Polson 4, Libby 3

Boys Singles: Ryker McElmurry (Libby) def. Michael Smith, 6-3, 7-5; Ayden Montgomery (Libby) def. Brock Henrickson, 6-3, 6-4; Trent Wilson (Polson) def. Gabe Gier, 6-0, 6-2; Tristan Clifford (Polson) won by forfeit.

Boys Doubles: Colter Wilson/Chris Lake (Polson) def. Trever Collins/Cylis Goddard, 6-1, 6-1; Zach Fantozzi/Thomas Roark (Libby) def. Trent Wilson/Brock Henricksen, forfeit.

Girls: Libby 4, Polson 3

Girls Singles: Laneigha Zeiler (Libby) def. Taylor Collinge, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4; Elise Erickson (Libby) def. Sierra Lundeen, 6-4, 6-3; Ruby Martin (Libby) def. Katelyn Smith, 6-4, 6-3; Sally Weber (Libby) def. Piper Hoxie, 6-4, 7-5.

Girls Doubles: Qia Harlan/Berkley Ellis (Polson) def. Ivy Pierce/Jessica Cunningham, 6-2, 6-0; Ara Mercer/Megan Rost (Polson) def. Bella Covington/Macy Halvorson, 6-0, 6-1; Clara Todd/Elizabeth Tolley (Polson) def. Allie Thorstenson/Jenna Hammond, 6-0, 6-1.

Saturday, March 27 at Polson

Boys: Corvallis 5, Polson 2

Boys Singles: Luke Sangster (Corvallis) defeated Owen McElwee (Polson) 6-4, 7-5; Cade Kelly (Corvallis) defeated Colter Wilson (Polson) 6-0, 6-0; Aaron Powell (Corvallis) defeated Chris Lake (Polson) 6-1, 6-1; Trent Wilson (Polson) defeated Paul Powell (Corvallis) 7-5, 3-6,6-4.

Boys Doubles: Michael Smith/Torrin Ellis (Polson) defeated Marshall Fehr/Jason Bay (Corvallis) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3; Nik Talia/GrantWilcox (Corvallis) defeated Colter Wilson/Chris Lake (Polson) 6-0, 6-1; Ryan Hutchison/Wyly Ostrander (Corvallis) defeated Brock Henriksen/Tristan Clifford (Polson) 6-2, 6-1.

Girls: Corvallis 5, Polson 2

Girls Singles: Madeline DeLeo (Corvallis) def. Sierra Lundeen, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0; Tiani Ertl (Corvallis) def. Sarah Kinzle, 6-0, 6-2; Lilliana Trail (Corvallis) def. Elizabeth Tolley, 6-4, 6-4; Katelyn Smith (Polson) def. Josie Williams, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.

Girls Doubles: Qia Harlan/Berkley Ellis (Polson) def. Molly Powell/Bailey Jessop, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; Hailey Anderson/Madison Henry (Corvallis) def. Clara Todd/Taylor Collinge, 6-2, 7-6 (4); Abby Jessop/Alana Watt (Corvallis) def. Grace Simonich/Piper Hoxie, 6-4, 6-2.

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Liz Tolley hits a shot during her doubles match against Libby. (Courtesy of Bob Gunderson)

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Michael Smith serves during his singles match against Libby's Ryker McElmurry. (Courtesy of Bob Gunderson)