Broncos tennis team preps for Inland Empire Tourney


Last updated 4/26/2018 at Noon

CLAYTON MILLER makes contact with the tennis ball for the Broncos’ No. 1 doubles team during Lind-Ritzville/Sprague’s home match against St. George’s on April 21. -Journal photo by Katelin Davidson

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague tennis team faced tough league competition over the past week, losing matches to both Wilbur-Creston and St. George’s.

The team is now preparing for the two-day Inland Empire Tournament in Spokane, both to gain experience and see how the team measures up with other area competitors.

On April 17, the Broncos went on the road to face Wilbur-Creston. Head Coach Lorrie Swanger said both Bronco teams faced defeat, going 2-3 against the Wildcats’ teams.

For the women’s team, Claire Kessler started off the day’s contest for the Broncos in the No. 1 singles position. Kessler was able to net a win against Wildcat Danora Colvin, 6-2, 6-2, to earn one of the Broncos’ victories of the day.

The No. 1 doubles team of Katheran Gingrich and Megan Buriak achieved the second win for the Broncos. The duo netted a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Jordan Nestor and Heidi Kurkowski.

Viktoria Mengel-Nieman battled in the No. 2 singles match for the Broncos, but eventually suffered a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Savannah Holbrecht.

In the No. 3 singles match, Sydney Schmierer defeated Bronco Mya Lynch with a final score of 6-0, 6-1.

Kim Rios and Serena Block also suffered a loss after battling on the court in the No. 2 doubles match. The Bronco duo lost the match 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Awson Wheeler earned the Bronco men’s first win of the day in the No. 1 singles match. He defeated Daniel Harms 6-4, 6-0.

The No. 1 doubles team of Zane Swanger and Clayton Miller earned the Broncos’ second win, with a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

In the No. 2 singles match, Wildcat Jake Mattox defeated Brandin Layne 6-2, 6-3. Bronco Thomas Schermerhorn suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loss to James Manchester.

The No. 2 doubles match went in favor of Wilbur-Creston, due to an LRS forfeit.

The Broncos then battled strong winds and the St. George’s Dragons on April 21 in Ritzville. St. George’s women’s team won the match 3-2, while the Dragons’ men’s team won 4-1.

Gingrich earned the first win for the Broncos in the No. 2 singles match. She defeated Caroline He 6-1, 6-2.

Rios followed Gingrich’s performance with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Susie Jones in the No. 3 singles contest.

In the No. 1 singles match, Kessler faced a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Dragon Lauren Senske.

Block and Mengal-Niemann suffered a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 loss in the No. 1 doubles match, followed by Kayla Eddington and Jade Rios’ 6-2, 6-1 loss in the No. 2 doubles match.

For the Bronco men’s team, the sole win of the day went to Sean Roby in the No. 3 singles match. Roby earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sean Yao.

Wheeler battled in the No. 1 singles match, but eventually fell to Daniel Zhoa 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Layne also refused to quite on the court, but was defeated by Daniel Cao 6-0, 6-7, 6-2.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Miller and Swanger suffered a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Adam Hasdorff and Brett Coles.


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