By Tiffany L. Rehbein
The Havre Blue Pony tennis team has proven once again why it is some of the toughest competition in the state.
Havre won 23-of-26 matches against the Chinook Sugarbeeters in dual action at the Bill Vaughey Memorial Tennis Courts on Tuesday.
"They played very well," Havre head coach Sam Dierman said about his Blue Ponies.
Havre's six seniors each won first-round matches, sweeping the Sugarbeeters.
No. 1 singles' player Crystal Heggen defeated Cassie Jerguson 8-2, Lauren Malone defeated Kelsie Whitney 8-4, Nichole Borst defeated Susan Thackeray 8-0 and Breyon Briese defeated Savannah Brown 8-3 in singles' play.
Doubles' partners Kirsten Kuka and Tiffany Shrauger defeated Brown and Kelsey Altenhofen, 8-0. Nikki Baltrusch and Jana McPherson teamed up to down Elizabeth Stuker and Julianna Hellman, 8-0.
Chinook's Brown and Jergeson teamed up to defeat Borst and Briese, who doubled up for the first time this season.
Whitney and Thackeray defeated Havre's Heggen and Malone in doubles' action.
The lone singles' win for Chinook was earned by Jerguson, who knocked off McPherson, 8-7 (7-3).
"We took on a tough Blue Pony team and discovered why they are one of the toughest teams in A and AA tennis," Chinook head coach Brent Schellin said.
During tie-breaker play, Havre freshman Crystal Pyrak defeated Stuker, 8-7, and Jen Gorder defeated Chinook's Hellman, 6-5.
Singles Crystal Heggen, Hav, def. Cassie Jerguson, 8-2; Lauren Malone, Hav, def. Kelsie Whitney, 8-4; Nichole Borst, Hav, def. Susan Thackeray, 8-0; Breyon Briese, Hav, def. Savannah Brown, 8-1; Ryan Hamilton, Hav, def. Jennifer Heilman, 8-1; Crystal Pyrak, Hav, def. Heather Bissaillon, 8-1; Jennifer Gorder, Hav, def. Kelly Acra, 8-2; Samantha Shrauger, Hav, def. Stephanie Jerguson, 8-3; Tiffany Shrauger, Hav, def. Cassie Jerguson, 8-0; Kirsten Kuka, Hav, def. Whitney, 8-3; Jana McPherson, Hav, def. Thackeray, 8-2; Nikki Baltrusch, Hav, def. Kelsey Altenhofen, 8-2; Hamilton, Hav, def. Julianna Hellman, 8-3; Crystal Pyrak, Hav, def. Elizabeth Stuker, 8-7 (7-4); Gorder, Hav, def. Jennifer Heilman, 8-4; S. Shrauger, Hav, def. Bissaillon, 8-4; Jerguson, Chi, def. McPherson, 8-7 (7-3); T. Shrauger, Hav, def. Whitney, 8-0; Hamilton, Hav, def. Altenhofen, 6-0; Gorder, Hav, def. Hellman, 6-5, (7-3).
Doubles Kuka/T. Shrauger, Hav, def. Brown/Altenhofen, 8-0; Baltrusch/McPherson, Hav, def. Stuker/Hellman, 8-0; Whitney/Thackeray, Chi, def. Heggen/Malone, 8-4; Brown/C. Jerguson, Chi, def. Borst/Briese, 8-5; Hamilton/Gorder, Hav, def. S. Jerguson/Acra, 8-0; Pyrak/S. Shrauger, Hav, def. Heilman/Bissaillon, 8-4.