Lady Dogs split a pair in Bitterroot

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The Lady Bulldogs got a solid weekend of tennis in down in the Bitterroot.

Whitefish took down Hamilton 5-2 before falling to a strong Corvallis team 7-0 on Friday. The following day the team competed in the Bitterroot Invitational.

Against Hamilton, Claire Carloss and Aubrey Hanks picked up singles wins at the No. 1 and 2 spots. In doubles, Kit Anderson and Autumn Roalson, Abigail Shaffer and Payton Kastella and Hunter Grimes and Jade Greenburg picked up wins.

Head coach Patrick Dryden said he tried some new looks in his roster and was happy with the results.

“We did kind of a different lineup, played some different combinations. There were some people who hadn’t played a lot of doubles that actually looked pretty good in doubles,” he said.

Dryden said he was happy with the play of Carloss at the No. 1 singles spot, but some tough defeats by some high level competitors will be part of a learning experience. Carloss went 1-1 in the invitational on Saturday.

“She had a very impressive win over a Hamilton girl, [who] played extremely well in the invitational. So that was a nice win,” Dryden said. “That was a good experience for Claire. I think she realized she’s going to have to be more aggressive with her game plan to beat people at that level.”

This week is another full schedule for the Lady Dogs.

On Tuesday after press time they headed down to Polson for a makeup dual against the Lady Pirates. They’ll host Columbia Falls on Thursday, then bring Ronan and Libby to town for a doubleheader on Saturday.

Thursday’s dual starts at 3 p.m. at the Riverside Park courts.

With just a couple weeks left in the season, Dryden said he likes where the play of his doubles teams are going.

“Our lineup is starting to come together. I thought we made some really big strides with our doubles this week,” he said. “I saw flashes of brilliance, we’ve just got to work for consistency now. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs when it comes to doubles.”


Whitefish 5, Hamilton 2

Singles: Claire Carloss, W, def. Sarah Trinh, 6-0, 6-4; Aubrey Hanks, W, def. Holly Mahon, 6-2, 6-4; Grace Kemp, H, def. Jesse Grawauper, 6-1, 6-3; Nastasha Garrison, H, def. Bella Wilson, 6-1, 6-4

Doubles: Kit Anderson/Autumn Roalson, W, def. Mia Simatovich/Colleen May, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; Abigail Shaffer/Payton Kastella, W, def. Lauren Kimzey/Claire Mathews, 6-1, 6-3; Hunter Grimes/Jade Greenburg, W, def. Corrine Felton/Savannah Gurney, 6-1, 6-2.

Corvallis 7, Whitefish 0

Singles: Olivia Fehr, C, def. Claire Carloss, 6-3, 6-3; Emilie Thomas, C, def. Autumn Roalson, 5-7, 6-2, 10-6; Kristen Saturday, C, def. Gracie Young, 6-4, 6-3; Madeline Deleo, C, def. Jade Greenberg, 6-2, 7-5.

Doubles: Claire Pickett/Connie Watt, C, def. Aubrey Hanks/Kit Anderson, 3-6, 6-2, 10-4; Megan Kirkland/Molly Gale, C, def. Payton Kastella/Abigail Shaffer, 5-7, 6-4, 10-3; Danielle Coates/Christina Weidkamp, C, def. Ali Hirsch/Jesse Grawonder, 6-4, 6-2.


Bitterroot Invitational

Teams competing: Valley Christian, Dillon, Stevensville, Anaconda, Hamilton, St. Ignatius, Libby, Butte Central, Troy, Corvallis, Whitefish.


No. 1 singles flight: Harley Fullmer, A, def. Ashley Eyre, ST, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5); Sarah Trinh, H, def. Isabelle Martineau, L, 6-1, 6-4; TeaAnna Rouse, D, def. Tricia Joyce, BC, 6-3, 6-4; Nicole Hristsco, D, def. Claire Carloss, WH, 6-2, 6-3; Olivia Fehr, C, def. Taylor Munoz, VC, 6-0, 6-0; Martineau def. Eyre, 6-2, 6-2; Hritsco def. Rouse, 7-5, 6-1; Trinh def. Fullmer, 6-3, 6-1; Fehr def. Joyce, 6-2, 6-1; Carloss def. Ashlyn Sandall, D, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9; Martineau def. Maddie Weber, ST, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 singles flight: Sandall def. Mehki Sykes, L, 6-4, 6-3; Kristen Saturday, C, def. Elsa Podesta, D, 6-3, 6-2; Aubrey Hanks, WH, def. Zoe Sullivan, BC, 7-6 (3), 6-3; Maddie Weber, ST, def. Aspen Jonas, A, 6-0, 6-0; Hanks def. Taylor Munoz, VC, 6-2, 6-3; Saturday def. Sykes, 6-3, 6-1; Sullivan def. Podesta, 4-6, 6-3; 10-5; Eyre def. Jonas, 6-0, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles flight: Bartlett/Westman, ST, def. Wilson/Grawunder, WH, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 10-4; Pickett/Watt, C, def. Davis/Weldon, BC, 6-0, 6-3; May/Simatovic, H, def. Henrikson/Dienhart, A, 6-1, 6-0; Hritsco/Sandall, D, def. Jones/Wood, L, 6-0, 6-1; Jones/Wood def. May/Simatovic, 5-7, 6-2, 10-4; Bartlett/Westman, ST, def. Davis/Weldson, BC, 6-0, 6-4; Pickett/Watt, C, def. Henrikson/Dienhart, 6-0, 6-0; Hritsco/Sandall def. Roalson/Anderson, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles flight: Downey/Coldwell, T, def. Anderson/Germain, ST, 6-2, 6-4; Roalson/Anderson, WH, def. Riordan/Sullivan, BC, 6-1, 6-2; Kirkland/DeLeo, C, def. Fluckinger/Davis, D, 6-0, 6-1; Lauer/Snyder, L, def. Kimzey/Matthews, H, 6-1, 6-0; Riordan/Sullivan, BC, def. Downey/Coldwell, T, 6-2, 6-2; Wilson/Grawunder, WH, def. Anderson/Germain, ST, 6-1, 6-2; Lauer/Snyder, L, led Kirkland/DeLeo, 7-5, susp.; Kimzey/Matthews, H, def. Law/Larsen, 6-1, 6-0.

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