JHHS tennis

Jackson’s Campbell Gervais returns to his opponent during a match last year. Gervais defeated Green River’s Braxton Cordova last week at the Broncs’ home opener.

“We definitely had some nerves going on in that first match.” — Paul Dykeman broncs coach

The Jackson Hole boys and girls tennis teams opened their 2021 season in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon, sweeping their opening weekend to begin their seasons 2-0.

Beginning the season with a double-header, the team bounced back from a difficult start to the afternoon against Green River, while shaking off some of the rust from the off-season.

“We definitely had some nerves going on in that first match,” coach Paul Dykeman said. “I looked down on all the scorecards and we were losing almost across the board in the first set. Once they found their groove, we turned everything around.”

Against Green River the boys finished 4-1, while the girls claimed victory on their side, finishing 3-2.

In what ended up being a pivotal set for the girls in a best of three match, Olivia Webb and Katie Wiley rebounded from a 2-6 loss in the first set with back-to-back set victories (6-2, 6-2) to swing the match to the girls in a narrow 3-2 victory.

Facing off against Rock Springs in the ladder-end of the double-header, the boys and girls handily defeated the Tigers, finishing a combined 10-0, with nine of the victories coming in straight sets.

Anna Revill and Christa Finlay rebounded from losses to Green River earlier in the afternoon to knock off Rock Springs’ Isabella Rodriguez and Karlie Nandrup. On the boys side, Charlie Webb and Jack Stolte bounced back to defeat Rock Springs’ Brayden Davies and Landen Atkinson in doubles for their first victory of the season.

With experience on both of his teams, Dykeman has the opportunity to put the fundamentals aside and work on more advanced techniques with his athletes.

“Fundamentals are key, but we’re actually fine tuning it a bit more and really working on strategies, doubles strategies, and the mental part of the game,” Dykeman said.

Around Wyoming, Dykeman expects strong competition throughout, and adds that the Broncs are ready to challenge any team in the state.

“I think [the competition] is pretty consistent,” around the state, Dykeman said. “Kelly Walsh, Campbell County and Sheridan are always good. This year we’re going to give them all a run for their money, that’s for sure.”

With the opening weekend behind them, the Broncs will get set for their first road match of the season this Thursday, as they travel across the state to take on Sheridan High School.

The match is set for 3 p.m.

Contact Will Aldrich at 732-7065 or sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

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