Superior tennis sweeps Troy | Independent of Valley Press/Mineral

They rallied and won the match despite some discouraging news earlier in the week.

The Superior High tennis team, the only high school tennis program in Mineral and Sanders counties, overcame the loss of one of its best players to post a 4-0 win over Troy in Superior last week.

Previously, the team faced the rest of the season losing junior Lani Crabb, a state seed two years ago and this year’s singles number one, who will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a left knee injury.

“The girls were pretty depressed,” said head coach Angie Hopwood. “But they pulled it together and played hard against Troy. Lani will be missed for the rest of this year but hopefully she’ll be ready for next season.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Bobcats shrugged off the setback and dealt with the visiting Lady Trojans with senior Brooke Bibler, part of the Cats’ number one doubles team, slipping to a singles place and walking away 6-3, 6-. 2 Victory over Troy’s Winter Sedle.

Superior also won in doubles from Tina Azura 6-1, 6-1 over Miley Babcock and from Ireland Neinrich and Olivia Greuter 6-4, 6-3 over their Troy opponents Bella O’Day and Lilly Kanzler.

The win came as the team celebrated Seniors’ Day at their home pitches. Moving on beyond this spring’s conclusion will be Bibler, Maddy Drey and team manager Mel McCoy.

“It’s been wonderful working with these girls (seniors) and their coaches wish them all the best in the world,” Hopwood said. “We couldn’t have asked for more in terms of hard work, great attitude and the fun of their presence. You will be greatly missed.”

Superior has one game left on their regular season schedule, against Valley Christian this Thursday in Missoula. They will then travel to Bigfork for the Western Divisional tournament next Friday and Saturday, May 19th and 20th.


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