MISSOULA – The Lady Prospector tennis duo of Jaden Comings and Sarah Goff coasted to their second straight divisional title in doubles tennis Saturday at Play Fair Park in Missoula. The win earns them the right to play this weekend in the state tournament in Great Falls.
“Everyone won their first matches and made it into the second day which was a big success!” said Granite Head Coach Meredith McDonald after the match. “Madison Brabender had a fabulous divisional debut winning her first match.
“All of the girls played hard and with heart. I couldn't be more proud.”
As a team Granite finished second in doubles with 12 points, seven behind Loyola with 19. Third was Valley Christian with seven and Anaconda was fourth with three. The Lady Prospectors were also second in singles play with 26 points. Loyola dominated play with 59 points for first place, with Valley Christian (12) and Anaconda (10) rounding out the field.
While Loyola may have won the team competition, they had no answer for Granite’s seasoned tandem. Comings, a senior, and Goff, a junior, lost just seven games in six sets, sweeping through all three of their opponents. In the opener they defeated Anaconda’s Deinhart/Hendrickson in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals they defeated one of two Loyola teams of Daniel/Round, 6-0, 6-2. The championship against Loyola’s other duo of Job/Burke was tighter, but still resulted in a 6-4, 6-1 win for Comings and Goff.
Senior Brooke Rouse played well in #1 singles, winning three of her five matches. Her wins included a 6-8, 5-7 (10-6) first round win over Harley Fullmer of Anaconda and a consolation bracket wins over Jing of Loyola (6-2, 6-2) and teammate Sierra Metesh 6-4, 6-4.
Metesh, a junior, played #2 singles and split her four matches. She earned wins over Jett of Anaconda (6-0, 6-0) and Dierking of Valley Christian (6-0, 6-0)
Brabender’s praise from her coach was well-founded. The senior beat Valley’s Dierking 6-2, 6-0 and Jonas of Anaconda 6-0, 6-0 to go 2-2 on the day.
Makayla Pederson played the fewest matches of the day, going 1-2. Her only win came in her opening match over Loyola’s Jing 6-1, 6-7 (7-5).
by Tim Allen, QSPNLive.com