By Rob Everingham
GREAT FALLS The Havre tennis team got rained out on Friday, but played on Saturday in Great Falls. Havre was in the blue pool with Great Falls High, Billings Senior and Bozeman.
Against Senior, the Blue Ponies won six matches and lost one. Kellen Malone and Bryan Frey both won thieir matches, 8-2. Eric Dimou won by forfiet. Terrance Wells fell in his match, 6-8. In doubles, it was the team of Nick Heninger and Eli Sethre who won by forfiet and the team of Chris Dorcheaus and Rob Gaskill also won by forfiet. Mike Frey and Seth Maristuen, though, won their double match, 8-7.
For the girls against Senior, they lost only one match and won six. It was Teri Sherrill and Crystal Heggen both blanking their oppoents, 8-0. Lauren Malone took her opposition, 8-3, and Nicole Borst won 8-1. The doubles team of Jana McPherson and Tiffany Shrauger lost their match, 6-8. Shannon Brantley and Kristen Kuka won 8-6 and Breyon Briese and Sam Velk won by forfeit.
Against Great Falls High, the boys won three and lost four. Malone and Frey lost 2-8. Dimou won 8-1 and Wells got by his opponent, 8-4. In doubles Deninger and Sether lost 1-8 and Dorcheus and Gaskill also lost in a close one, 6-8. The team of Frey and Maristuen came back to win their match, 8-6.
Against the Bison girls, Havre won six and lost one. It was Sherrill winning 8-1. Heggen also got a victoy, winning 8-4. Malone lost the only match against the Great Falls High, 7-8. Borst won her match, 8-2. In doubles all three teams recored win with McPherson and Shrauger winning 8-6, Brantley and Kuka won 8-3 and Briese and Velk won 8-1.
Against Bozeman, the Blue Ponies won just two matches on the boys side. Malone fell in his match, 2-8, Frey won his 8-6. Dimou lost 1-8 and Wells won the final singles match, 8-3. The doubles team of Heninger and Sethre lost 4-8. Dorcheus and Gaskill were defeated 5-8 and Frey and Martistuen lost 1-8.
For the Havre girls it was only Sherrill recording a win as she downed her opponent, 8-4. Heggen lost 5-8, Malone fell to her opposition, 3-8, and Borst lost 6-8. In doubles, both teams of McPherson and Shrauger and Brantley and Kuka lost 2-8. Briese and Velk also came up short handed, losing 1-8.
Havre coach Sam Dierman said the teams had a poor showing on Saturday in Great Falls.
We took a step backwards, Dierman said. We need to go back to basics.
Dierman said he did not do a good job in preparing the athletes for their matches on Saturday.
The one bright spot for Havre was the play of Sherrill.
Teri played her best tennis of the season on Saturday, Dierman said.
Dierman said the girls singles played well, but everyone else was vey inconsistant.
Coming up for the Blue Ponies is a dual with Conrad on Saturday.
I hope that the team will recover from this weekends poor performance and be competitive against Conrad, Dierman said.