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Cut Bank senior Katelyn Edinger blasts a backhand return during an early season match at the Cut Bank courts. Edinger will team up with Madi Seifert in doubles competition at the divisional tournament this weekend in Conrad.

The Cut Bank Wolves tennis team closed out their regular season at the Missoula duels and Best of West tournament this past weekend. This week they will play the NW Divisional tournament in Conrad on Friday and Saturday with the qualifiers advancing to the State Tournament next week in Bozeman. 

Freshman Dayne Barbie led the way for the boys’ team on Friday going undefeated at the 4 singles spot. 

“Dayne had a good day Friday and both the girls’ and boys’ team showed some solid improvement over the two-day affair,” stated Coach Jim Gregg. “We just aren’t getting the consistency that we will need going into the next two tournaments if the teams want to place and qualify good numbers for the State tournament,” he added.

Playing well for the girls right now are both senior led doubles teams for the girls along with their singles. Jaycee Frydenlund played without her usual partner, Macee Barry, but advanced well into the tournament with teammate Joscelynn Mills. Katelyn Edinger and partner Madi Seifert also played well but at times showed some inconsistency in the mental game. 

“We like where both girls’ doubles are, they just need to step it up a little and they should have solid final two tournaments in the next few weeks,” added Gregg.

Playing some of her best singles tennis of the season, junior Lily Overstreet didn’t pick up a lot of wins at the number one position, but was very competitive and had her chances.

“All of the girls’ singles are playing much better tennis,” said Gregg. “Lily, Shannia (Schmidt) and Sharaira (First Rider) have improved so much and I’m looking forward to their contributions at the next tournament.” 

The boys are also showing much improvement going into the final few weeks of the season. Gus Meiwald is leading the boys in singles and feels good about his game and chances at the Divisional in Conrad. John Vermulm, Brett Sneed and Dayne Barbie will also represent the boys in singles at the next tournament and are hoping to utilize their improvement and step up their consistency of play.

“Singles is a little stacked on both the girls and boys side so it won’t be easy qualifying for State, but all of these kids are competitive and will have a chance,” said Gregg.

The doubles for the boys are led by Captain Colby Kraft/Colten Barsness. Senior Donnie Fleeger is teaming with freshman Dillon Gray as the number two doubles team for the Wolves. 

“Both doubles teams have a chance to advance but our twos will really have to play some consistent doubles. Colby and Colten are seeded two and depending upon which team shows up to play, they could win the title and advance to state as a top seed. Consistency and smart doubles will be a big key for these boys,” said Gregg.

Divisional play will begin at the Conrad High School courts at 9 a.m. on Friday and continue through Saturday. The qualifiers will advance to the State tournament on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 16-18 in Bozeman. Results from the matches in Missoula and earlier in the season may be found on the Wolves’ Tennis website at http://cutbank schools.net/hs/Tennis_site/19/2019MatchResults.htm.

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