THS tennis splits with Thunder Basin; swept by Camels

Andrew Towne/Torrington Telegram File Aidyn Saucedo returns a volley last season. Saucedo won his first match of the season against Thunder Basin High School on Saturday in Gillette.

GILLETTE – The Torrington High School tennis teams were scheduled to open the season at home against the two Gillette schools, but the matches were moved to Gillette.

The Blazer boys opened the season with a 5-0 win over Thunder Basin.

No. 1 singles player Aidyn Saucedo and No. 1 doubles team of Cody Clayton and Gabe Russell both dropped their first sets but rebounded battled back to win the next two sets to score victories.

Saucedo dropped the first set 6-1, turning the tables, winning 6-1, 6-1 in the final two sets, while the doubles team fell 7-4 in the first but won 7-6, 6-4 to score the win.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 singles player Isaac Bartlett and No. 2 doubles team of Adam Bartlett and Ben Firminhac won in straight sets.

Bartlett won 6-0, 6-4, while the doubles team won 6-1, 6-3.

Thunder Basin didn’t have a third doubles team, handing Jorey Asmus and Gabe Posten a forfeit victory.

In the girls’ match, the Lady Blazers fell 5-0 to the Bolts.

“Most of our girls are very inexperienced this year,” first-year coach Alex Schaneman said. “They work hard at practice and will continue to improve as the season goes on.”

No. 1 singles player Bethany Wunibald led 5-2 in the first set before losing in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. The No. 2 singles match was also close throughout, but Jaycee Shields came up short 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles action, No. 1 team fell 6-2, 6-0, while the No. 2 team lost 6-0, 6-3. The No. 3 doubles team’s match ended in default while the team was trailing 6-0, 4-0 in the second.

In the afternoon, both Torrington teams fell 5-0 to the Campbell County Camels.

Despite the loss, Schaneman said, the match was closer than the final score appeared in the boys’ division.

“This was a lot closer than the final score looks,” he said. “CCHS is a strong team, and we had a legitimate chance to get a win here.”

Three of the five matches went three sets.

In the No. 1 singles match, Saucedo dropped the opening set 7-6 before forcing a third set with a 6-3 win. CCHS claimed the win in the third set, 6-3. In the No. 2 singles match, Isaac Bartlett grabbed a 6-2 win before falling 6-2, 6-2 in the other two sets, while the doubles team of Adam Bartlett and Firminhac also won the first set 6-3 before dropping the next two sets 6-1, 6-3.

All five the Lady Blazer matches ended in straight set losses.

The Torrington tennis teams have a busy week with three matches. They hosted Cheyenne East in a girls’ only match on Tuesday before hitting the road to Rawlins on Thursday and Laramie on Friday to play Rock Springs.

Thursday’s action begins at 2 p.m. in Rawlins, while matches get underway at noon in Laramie.

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