Lady Plainsmen are in First After Day One at State Tennis
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen lead the 2016 Wyoming State Tennis Championships after the first day of action in Gillette.
Laramie has 13 points, which puts them 1.5 ahead of Kelly Walsh.
Both Lucia Cho and Lea Bergman, at number one and two singles, reached the semifinals with wins in straight sets. The number one doubles team of Morgan Bury and Ally Franc won in straight sets and then rallied for a three-set match victory. Number three doubles with Niky Pisitpong and Kyra Wulff survived a first set loss and a second set tiebreaker to advance to the semis in three. Scores of that match were 2-6, 7-6 (8-3) and 6-1.
The tough break happened at number two doubles where Olivia Dorrell and Tori Longress lost in straight sets to Gillette in the second round and fell into the consolation portion of the bracket. They face elimination each time on the court.
The Plainsmen are tied for fifth place with Jackson. Both teams have eight points. Gillette leads the way with 15, while Cody is in second with 10.
The number one doubles duo of Ky Fike and Miles Stump won two matches in straight sets to reach the semifinals. The number three doubles tandem of Abijah Ahern and Noah Dreiling also made the semis. They won their first match in straight sets, but dropped the first set in their second round and rallied to win the next two and advance.
At number one singles, Kyle Moore lost his opening round match, but won his first consolation to stay alive. Ben Graeff at number two singles lost in the first round and enjoyed a bye in the consolation and will play again Friday. The number two doubles team of Mao Matsuda and Quingfeng Li lost in the first round, but won in consolation to stay alive.
Play resumes Friday at 8:30 a.m. at four venues in Gillette. The championship and consolation championship (3rd place) matches will all be held at the Campbell County Recreation Center Saturday.