Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Wolf Point sent five athletes to Missoula to participate in the 2013 Class B/C State Tennis Tournament.
For most of the tournament, the girls had to play indoors due to rain. This took much longer as there were only five indoor courts and scoring had to be adjusted to save time.
The Wolves’ double team of Zirahuen Hernandez and Sierra Hanks played extremely hard. In their first match, they had to play the team that would eventually take second at state, Barta/Baeth from Fairfield. Hernandez and Hanks played long points and had some great shots, but fell short, losing to the Fairfield team in straight sets. In their second match, they played Bahm/Coleman from Superior-Alberton. Again, the girls played well - hitting smart shots, but in the end Superior-Alberton prevailed 10-1.
“Zirahuen, a second year senior, should be very proud of her performance at state and overall in her tennis career. She is a wonderful athlete and I was blessed to have coached her,” said coach Dan Horsmon.
“Sierra Hanks should also be very happy with her fine effort. She is only a sophomore and has all the potential to become a great tennis player and I know she will. We will all see her at state again,” Horsmon continued.
In singles, junior Carry Vandall had a great tournament. Her first match was against Megan Drury from Superior-Alberton. Points lasted long and Vandall put away many winners to beat Drury 10-5. Vandall then matched up against Brittani Muer from Darby. Muer played a tough slice game, but Vandall was able to counter with nice angles shots keeping Muer on her heals. Vandall would win in straight sets 6-1/6-4.
Next, she had to match up against the player that eventually took second at state, Kristine Warlick from Conrad. This match was a battle. Every game except one went to deuce or ad. After almost two hours, Warlick prevailed 6-3/6-3. In Vandall’s fourth match, she played the eventual sixth place player from Fairfield, Maggie Leighland. These girls fought hard, but in the end Leighland defeated Vandall 10-5.
“Carry is such a hard worker and an absolute coachable player,” said Horsmon. “She gets better every game and put on a clinic on how to rally. Other coaches would stop her and tell her what a great player she was and I think she has a fire to place next year at state. I know she will.”
The senior doubles team of Alyssa Hoversland and Ashley Parsley also had a great tournament. In the second round after a first round bye, they met up with a surprisingly tough team from Troy, twins Lundin/Lundin. Lundin/Lundin played a fast 2-up game. The Wolves played hard but lost 7-6(9-7). Parsley and Hoversland gathered themselves and prepared for their next match. They played Go-bert/Anderson from Fairfield, easily defeating them 10-3. The Wolves got a forfeit from the Loyola team and they moved on to play Stallknecht/Scoggins from Big Fork. Hoversland and Parsley were tenacious in their attack. They defeated Bigfork 10-6. The next team they faced, Williams/Higgins from Troy were tough. The Wolves prevailed 10-8. Hoversland/Parsley now had a re-match against their second round loss. They crushed Lundin/Lundin from Troy 10-6 with good serves and precise volleys. In their final match, the Wolves played hard and earned fourth place at state, losing to a Fairfield team.
“Alyssa and Ashley performed incredibly well in tough conditions. I am so proud of them and their hard work,” said Horsmon. “They are the perfect role models for upcoming players.”
Horsmon expressed his appreciation to Coach Sweet for all of his help and advice these last few years. “He was instrumental in our success,” Horsmon said, who extended appreciation to the parents who fed the team and supported them throughout the season. “Finally, good-bye,my family and I are starting a new adventure in Minnesota. I wish good luck to the Wolves in all that you do, I will miss you all,” said Horsmon.