The Powell High School tennis teams had a busy week, welcoming in Cody for a conference match Thursday, then hitting the road to Rawlins on Saturday.
The rematch against their cross-county rivals was a split for Powell, with the Panthers cruising to a 4-1 win over the Broncs and the Lady Panthers swept by the Fillies 5-0.
Saturday’s non-conference match against Rawlins was all Powell, with 5-0 sweeps by both teams.
“The opportunity to play those Cody kids a few times is always great,” said PHS head coach Joe Asay.
Panthers 4, Cody 1
Senior Jesse Brown remained undefeated at No. 1 singles, making short work of the Broncs’ Cody Champlin in the second meeting between the two in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
“Jesse kind of got off to a slow start, but once he put things together, he put the pedal to the metal and finished out well …,” Asay said.
Panther No. 2 singles player Dylan Preator was also pushed a bit in the first set against Cody’s Jackson Golden before winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
“Jackson Golden plays a real conservative game, not a lot of power, but he’s pretty consistent,” Asay said. “That challenged Dylan a bit in the first set, but he handled it well and played really good tennis.”
In their second outing together, the No. 1 singles team of Aidan Jacobsen and Justin Vanderbeek beat Cody’s Dillion Romero and Hayden DeMaranville. The first set went to a tie-breaker before Jacobsen and Vanderbeek came out on top 7-6(7-3), 6-2.
“After that first set tie-break, Aidan and Justin really dominated from that point,” Asay said. “I was tickled to see them finish well. They’re a really solid doubles team.”
The lone blemish on the boys’ side for Powell came at No. 2 doubles, as Grant Dillivan and Ethan Bartholomew fell to Soloman Stewart and Mitchell Schwab 6-1, 6-4.
“We’re still working through some things at that No. 2 spot with a couple of pretty athletic kids in Grant and Ethan,” Asay said. “They played a pretty solid team from Cody and played well in that second set but came up short.”
It was a thriller at No. 3 doubles, with Powell’s Jay Cox and Logan Brown outlasting Cody’s Tristan Dollard and TJ Smith in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Cody 5, Lady Panthers 0
The Lady Panthers once again struggled to find an answer to a loaded Cody team, losing in a 5-0 sweep.
Cody’s Teagan Thompson, last year’s state runner-up at No. 2 singles, beat Powell’s Sloane Asay 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
At No. 2 singles, Lady Panther Ashley Dunkerley lost in straight sets to Torrie Schutzman 6-3, 6-1.
“Sloane and Ashley are alone on an island playing singles, and both played good tennis against some pretty solid girls from Cody,” Asay said. “We won a couple of games and got some good experience.”
Powell’s Hailee Paul and Sophe Morrow fell in straight sets to Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambekeat No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-1.
In No. 2 doubles, Lady Panthers Sami Cole and Sydnee Thompson lost to Anna Brenner and Ashlynn Staggs in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
“Sami and Sydnee are playing really good tennis together,” Asay said. “They’re moving well, seeing the court better, and they really battled against those Cody kids. They really got after them.”
In the No. 3 doubles spot, Whitney Hull and Kaili Wisniewski lost to Cody’s Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales 6-1, 6-2.
Panthers 5, Rawlins 0
The Panthers coasted against Rawlins Saturday, losing only eight games in a 5-0 sweep.
“It was a good outing,” Asay said. “It’s non-conference, but it’s matches, it’s experience. It’s an opportunity to get out there and battle.”
Brown and Preator made short work of Rawlins’ Sebastian Maes and Chad Hansen at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively.
Jacobsen and Vanderbeek won for the second time this season at No. 1 doubles for Powell, defeating Toran Flores and Chase Holcomb 6-2, 6-0. Dillivan and Bartholomew got back on track at No. 2 doubles with a win over Tanner Wooley and JC Ice 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 3 doubles, Cox and Brown won in straight sets over Rawlins’ Andrew Dillworth and Spencer Searle 6-3, 6-0.
Lady Panthers 5, Rawlins 0
Matches were a little more competitive on the girls’ side against Rawlins, but the results were the same, as the Lady Panthers won in a sweep 5-0.
Sloane Asay had her hands full with Rawlins’ Darby Thayer at No. 1 singles, but came away with a straight-set win 6-4, 7-5.
At No. 2 singles, Dunkerley downed Bailee Thompson 6-2, 6-4.
“Sloane and Ashley had really good, competitive matches; they had to work for their wins,” Asay said. “They came out on top, so it was fun to see them get some wins.”
Paul and Morrow got the win in straight sets at No. 1 doubles over Savannah Townsend and Alexis Townsend 6-4, 6-1, while Cole and Thompson beat Sharahyah Thimas-Lusch and Sierra Skinner 6-3, 6-1.
At No. 3 doubles, Hull and Wisniewski came out on top over Carla Lucero and Buena Clark 6-4, 6-0.
The PHS tennis teams travel to Sheridan Friday, then return home Saturday for the regular season finales against Casper’s Kelly Walsh and Natrona County. Asay said he’s excited for the Sheridan match, which will feature a tough test for Brown at No. 1 singles.
“Sheridan is always a very solid team on both sides, and Jesse [Brown] will be coming up against a kid [Ethan Kutz] who’s kind of had his number in the past,” Asay said. “It’s one of those matches that Jesse will have to work hard at, but he has all the right tools. It will be a good opportunity for him.”