BOISE, ID – The state tennis tournament got under way on Friday morning as a 10 person contingent of Blackfoot Broncos took to the Boise area courts against the finest 4A field in the state.
Playing at the Boise Racquet and Swim club, Capital High and Borah High School the team got off to one of the better starts on the day as they picked up wins in girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles in each of their respective first round matches as the girls squad sits in sixth place as a team with 7.5 points and the boys are in seventh place with 5.5 points.
“We started out pretty good but we hit a bit of a cold streak in the second round,” Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said.
Indeed, the quarterfinals were unkind to the Blackfoot tennis squad as the lone winner was the two time state finalist Meg Matsuura. Matsuura advances to the state semi finals to be played this morning at 8 A.M. courtesy of a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win over her opening round foe and then a 6-2, 7-6 victory over her Canyon Ridge opponent in round two.
“I felt pretty good about my game, I thought that I started well and hopefully I can keep it up,” Matsuura said. “I loved playing indoors. I like to use my lob and inside it’s pretty effective.”
In the boys doubles Blackfoots first team of Jacob Harris and Tyler Cannon picked up a big 6-4, 6-0 win in the opening round while the second doubles squad of Bobby and Paul Cannon dropped their first round match with Wood River 6-2, 5-7, 4-6.
Harris and Cannon looked as if they were poised to advance into the semi-finals after winning their first set 6-2 in the quarterfinal round but their Wood River foes wont the next two sets 3-6, 2-6 to drop the duo into the consolation bracket where as the luck of the draw had it, they faced off with the Cannons in a loser out affair.
Paul and Bobby got the better of the match up as they stay alive in the consolation bracket with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
“Just hard fought matches in the boys doubles,” Coach Jeffris said. “The Cannon boys were just throwing their bodies everywhere.”
The girls doubles squad of Brandi Bird and Kendall Armstrong had a similar fate as they also won their opening round match 6-0, 6-4 but fell in the next two contests 4-6, 2-6 and 1-6, 2-6 to bow out of the tournament.
Blackfoot’s mixed doubles tandem of Tanner Norton and Lindsey Loveland remain active for Saturday’s competition as they opened the day with a solid 6-1, 6-1 win over Kuna before falling 5-7, 3-6 to a very talented Bishop Kelly squad.
Despite the disappointing loss in the quarterfinals, Norton and Loveland were able to rebound for a hard fought 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 victory over familiar foe Hillcrest and will continue their march to a trophy this morning at 9:30 A.M.
Regardless of how it all pans out, Blackfoot already knows that they will be bringing home hardware however, as they are the academic state champions for 2012.