After a history-making year on the courts, Capital High twins Fiona and Bridget Powers have been selected as the IR’s Tennis Super Team Players of the Year.
The Powers sisters posted a sparkling 21-2 overall season record, while winning three major tournament championships: the Helena Invitational, the Southern AA Divisional, and the Class AA State Tournament in Kalispell.
Their victory at State was the first girls doubles title in school history. The junior netters’ win also led to another first, that being a pair of second-place State trophies for both local schools in the same year -- the Capital girls and Helena High’s boys.
“The key was knowing our game and playing our shots that we’ve played the entire year,” said Fiona, the combo’s right-hander, after defeating Glacier’s Maya Buckingham and Anna Cecil 6-4, 7-6 (5) for the crown.
During the season, the tandem defeated Helena High’s Abbie George and Lindsey Burkett 6-4, 6-3 for the Helena Invite championship. And then at the Southern Divisional tourney in Bozeman, they beat Lady Hawks Hannah Hays and Brooklyn Mailey in the finals, 7-5, 6-1, for CHS’ first girls divisional title in 17 years.
At State, the sisters won their first two rounds with relative ease, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0.
On Friday, however, their semifinal match against Missoula Sentinel’s Chelsea Bone and Bronwyn McCormic was close throughout. The Lady Bruin netters ultimately prevailed, 6-3, 7-5, earning a spot in the chipper.
Next came the straight-set triumph in the finals, giving Fiona and Bridget an overall 50-22 record at State
Afterward, Bridget related that playing with her sister is something she loves, and that it also ensures that there’s always someone there to play tennis.
“We have the same schedule,” the lefty said. “On the court we communicate well, and we both know the other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
She also agreed with Fiona’s assessment to the keys to their State AA run, while adding a couple more things to the list.
“The key was definitely believing in our talent and ourselves. We just had to stay confident and keep our head in the game,” Bridget explained.
Capital coach Ryan Swenson said it “was awesome” to see the Powers sisters take the title.
“Bridget and Fiona have put in an incredible amount of work since last year, and it shows,” he said. “All season long, they made adjustments and improvements each week to continue improving all the way up through today, and it paid off.”