SHERIDAN — If sitting net side, one’s neck would have gotten a nice workout and perhaps a little sore from a back-and-forth motion following Friday’s tennis dual between Sheridan High School and Cheyenne Central. Sheridan’s No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Jost and Ella Laird battled Central’s Cailin Brugger and Maggie Black in a three-set marathon.
And the Lady Broncs’ duo outlasted the Lady Indians’ team 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
“We all went through those ups and downs of emotions,” Laird said. “It was terrifying at some points, but it was awesome.”
Jost and Laird breezed through the opening set, but many self-inflicted wounds led to their demise in the second set. That’s something head coach Bob Faurot and assistant coach Toby Laird harped on ahead of the deciding third set.
“When they got the ball back in play, they won 80-90 percent of the points, so we just kept telling them to make (Central) play,” Faurot said. “There’s very good possibility that, that could be a state finals match. Those two teams came into this with undefeated records.
“That was a good match, a real good one, and one we were looking forward to.”
The potential state finals match marked the final one of the day, finishing long after every other match. That made for a long day under the sun where the pair of Lady Broncs had to battle quite a bit of fatigue.
“We were getting energy from somewhere, but I don’t know where,” Jost laughed.
That lack of energy didn’t come without merit. Jost and Laird, like all of their teammates, were participating in their second match of the day as Friday morning featured a dual against Cheyenne East.
“It’s good for us,” Faurot said. “When we go to state and conference, we are going to play at least two matches a day and sometimes three. We need to get ready for that.”
The Lady Broncs — who lost the dual to Central 4-1 — edged the Lady Thunderbirds 3-2, which pushed their record to 4-3 on the season. The Broncs also fell to the Indians 4-1, but dominated the Thunderbirds 5-0 to improve to 5-2 on the season.
No. 1 singles player Ethan Kutz had little trouble, winning both his matches in straight sets. All of Kutz’s teammates — No. 2 singles player Reed Rabon, the No. 1 doubles team of Kellen Mentock and Logan Jensen and the No. 3 doubles team of Tomy Phillips and Jarett Hoy — followed followed suit winning in straight sets.
No. 2 singles player Aspen Malkuch and the No. 2 doubles team of Tori Pearce and Steph Gonda claimed straight-set wins to help the Lady Broncs to victory.
Sheridan travels to Powell and Cody for a couple more duals Saturday.