SHERIDAN — The Broncs nearly swept the Natrona County Mustang tennis squad Tuesday afternoon at SHS.
In his usual groove, No. 1 singles player Reed Ritterbusch didn’t falter in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Spenser Dexter. That looked to be the case for the Broncs at No. 2 singles as Adam Berry rolled through his first set 6-0 over Andreas Degraeve, until Degraeve fought back for the win, 6-1 and 6-3.
“Everything was working for Adam the first set and then the wheels came off,” head coach Bob Faurot said. “Down 5-0 in the third, he found a game that was working, however, it was too little too late.”
Otherwise, the Broncs (1-1 conference, 1-1 overall) held off the Mustangs for the team win after dropping their first season dual with Jackson last week.
At No. 1 doubles, Logan Garstad and Turner Martini won their second straight dual match, holding off Jake Schmidt and Hunter Kuhn 7-5 and 6-1.
Broncs Lachlan Brennan and Tristan Gamble defeated Sam Rodosevich and Conor Frankland, 6-3 and 6-0, at No. 2 doubles. Robert Meixsell and Sam Sanders defeated Natrona’s Jake Pierce and Mike Langamade 6-3 and 6-4 in the No. 3 doubles game.
For the Lady Broncs (1-1, 1-1), Natrona’s three-set tiebreaker match win at No. 2 singles turned out to be the difference in their 3-2 win.
“Katelynn Brooks lost a tight match, but has the chance to learn a lot from this match,” Faurot said of the Lady Broncs sophomore. Brooks fell to Natrona’s Tristyn Phillips, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), in perhaps the match of the day. “If she does it will be a valuable experience,” he added.
The technical play of Julia Fenn helped her stay unbeaten on the year after her 6-0, 6-1 win over Regan Hendricks at No. 1 singles.
“Despite winning easily, (she) found parts of her game that she needs to work on,” Faurot said. Fenn cruised through the first set, and held off a late fight from Hendricks in the second.
Annalee Bailey and Hannah Maixner won 6-1, 6-2 over Crystal Gallup and Jessica White at No. 1 doubles, their coach praising them for their “aggressive” play.
“Second and third doubles did not have the energy that they displayed in Rapid City over the weekend,” Faurot said. “Hopefully they will learn how to bring that energy to every match.”
At No. 2 doubles, Gina Romanjenko and Samantha Hamilton fell to Jordan Jennings and Mariah Spearman 6-1, 6-1, and Belen Espada Vioque and Lacey Koropatnicki dropped their No. 3 doubles game with Liley Lower and Lydia Gallup 6-1, 6-1.
The Broncs are scheduled to play in the Scottsbluff Invite Saturday. Sheridan travels for duals with Gillette, Cheyenne East and Central Sept. 12-14. The team returns home against Buffalo Sept. 17.