Panther tennis teams dominate on senior day

Posted 9/10/20

For five of Powell High School’s tennis players, Saturday’s competition with Rawlins marked their last matches at home.

The five-girl senior group went out on top. The Panthers earned …

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Panther tennis teams dominate on senior day

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For five of Powell High School’s tennis players, Saturday’s competition with Rawlins marked their last matches at home.

The five-girl senior group went out on top. The Panthers earned 5-0 wins in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions against Rawlins to conclude the home season. Neither team lost a set.

On the boys’ side, Powell won four matches and earned a point in No. 2 singles via forfeit. Instead of facing a Rawlins opponent in that division, Aiden Chandler faced former Panther Dylan Preator in an exhibition.

In No. 1 doubles, Ryan Brown and Kolt Flores notched a “double bagel,” winning 6-0, 6-0.

The girls were just as dominant. They won two of their three matches by double bagel, with Chase Anderson/Sydney Hull and Kaili Wisniewski and Lila Asay not surrendering a game in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively.

Two of Powell’s points were earned by forfeit on the girls’ side, with Rawlins not fielding No. 2 singles or No. 1 doubles. Because of this, the girls who were supposed to play in those matches — Sophe Morrow, Sydnee Thompson and Sami Cole (all seniors) — played in a doubles exhibition along with Katy Asay, wife of head coach Joe Asay.

In addition to Morrow, Thompson and Cole, senior Ashley Dunkerley won 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 singles; senior Whitney Hull did not play on Saturday.

While it’s never easy to let go of a senior class, coach Asay was thrilled to see his girls’ finish their home careers on a winning note.

“One of the hardest things about high school athletics is these kids leave us,” Asay said. “A few of the best things about high school athletics are seeing these kids mature and grow in both their abilities and character.”

“They each bring something special to Panther Tennis,” he said. “They’ve all worked very hard to improve their games.”

With the boys and girls now both 3-6, Powell wraps up the regular season with road matches against Kelly Walsh and Natrona County on Saturday.

  

Boys’ results versus Rawlins:

No. 1 singles: Ethan Bartholomew def. Spencer Searle 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 singles: Aiden Chandler won by forfeit

No. 1 doubles: Logan Brown/Kolt Flores def. Drew Dilworth/James Laird 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles: CJ Barrus/Ryan Cordes def. Griffin Searle/Caleb Anderson 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 doubles: Kalin Hicswa/Wesley Preator def. Lorenzo Johanson/Elijah Longog 6-4, 6-3

  

Girls’ results versus Rawlins:

No. 1 singles: Ashley Dunkerley def. Darby Thayer 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 singles: Sami Cole won by forfeit

No. 1 doubles: Sophe Morrow/Sydnee Thompson won by forfeit

No. 2 doubles: Chase Anderson/Sydney Hull def. Buena Clark/Kadence Chavez 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 doubles: Kaili Wisniewski/Lila Asay def. Sienna Harrison/Maggie Boyd 6-0,6-0

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