Laramie Lady Plainsmen Win Regional Tennis Title
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen won titles at three positions in their line-up and that led to the South Regional Tennis team championship last Saturday in Cheyenne.
Laramie’s ladies took first place with 60 team points. That was 21 points better than runner-up Torrington.
Senior Lucia Cho rallied for a victory at number one singles, despite some illness during last week. Her match scores were 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 over Rachel Phillips of Cheyenne Central.
The Lady Plainsmen captured regional crowns at number two and three doubles, as well. Olivia Dorrell and Tori Longress beat a duo from Green River 6-2 and 7-5 for the top spot at number two. Niky Pisitpong and Kyra Wulff took the title at number three with a 6-3, 6-3 victory also over a duo from Green River.
Head coach Elizabeth Clower said she was very pleased with the squad’s performance.
“What I saw was doubles teams that were making adjustments; finding a way to win, because we’re not allowed to coach them unless they split sets. I see Lucia fight through some illness to come back after losing that first set to win.”
All the players received All-Region honors after first place finishes.
Lea Bergman at number two singles and the tandem of Morgan Bury and Ally Franc at number one doubles both came in second place after they lost in the regional championship match.
The Laramie Plainsmen had a tougher go at the South Regional Tennis Championships. They came in fourth place with a 34 team points. Green River took the team title with 45 points, one better than Central.
The number three doubles team of Abijah Ahern and Noah Dreiling won the regional championship with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over a team from Green River.
Clower said after they lost that first set, “They came back, and they figure out a way to win the second. Then, I was able to talk to them after the split, and they win the third. That’s pretty huge for those two.”
The number one doubles tandem of Ky Fike and Miles Stump lost in the regional title match, 3-6 and 0-6. Ben Graeff added a fourth place effort at number two singles.
Laramie is now preparing for the Wyoming State Tennis Championships in Gillette starting Thursday.