GREAT FALLS — Great Falls Central’s Roger Mai marched into the semifinals of the State B-C boys tennis tournament on Thursday, inching closer to his second straight singles title.
Mai defeated Anaconda’s Josh Clark and Bigfork’s Grant Gibson in straight sets to advance to the semifinal, where he’ll face Missoula Loyola’s Jacob Hollenback.
The match could go a long way toward deciding the team champion: Mai's Mustangs are in first place after Day 1 with 20 points, while Hollenback's Rams are in second with 16 points.
The other boys semifinal will pit Great Falls Central’s Nicholas Scott against Valley Christian’s Trey Christiaens.
The boys doubles final is already set. Loyola’s Dan Ramsey and Dan Kaleva will face the Bigfork brother tandem of Colton and Clayton Reichenbach. Ramsey and Kaleva survived a three-set match in the semifinals, while the Reichenbachs won a first-set tiebreaker in their semifinal match and went on to win the second set 6-1.
On the girls side, Loyola scored 17 points to stake its claim to first place in the team standings. The Breakers' Grace Daniel moved into the singles semifinals, where she’ll face Choteau’s Michaela Gunderson.