By Rongi Yost

Lady Outlaws head to tennis Districts


Last updated 5/12/2022 at Noon

The Lady Outlaws started their week with a 4-4 tie against Woodburn on Tuesday, May 3, and in their final match of league play a day later fell 1-7 at Philomath against the Lady Warriors.

In Tuesday’s match, Juhree Kizziar (No. 1 singles) continued her dominance on the court and recorded a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Juhree won the match with a variety of shots that were both short and deep, which kept her opponent off-balance.

Brooke Harper returned to play after being out with an injury and defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-2, due in large part to her consistent shots.

Adrianna Luna and Sophie Rush (No. 3 doubles) earned a 6-0, 6-2 win. The duo continued their solid consistent shot-making with fast serves, well-placed shots, and teamwork.

Sisters’ final win came from their No. 4 doubles team, Molly Greaney and Presley Adelt. The combo defeated their opponents with scores of 6-2, 6-2. Greaney and Adelt stepped up and played with focused energy and better placed shots to the open court.

Coach Bruce Fenn said, “We were missing three varsity starters, but the team came together and played with resolve and positive attitudes.”

A day later the Outlaws couldn’t hold up against the strong Lady Warriors squad.

The lone win came from Luna and Rush, who played at No. 4 doubles. The combo won their match 6-2, 6-2, and ended league with a 7-2 record, only losing to Cascade and Molalla.

Fenn said, “Their strength is in their competitive ability to play positive supporting team doubles.”

Kizziar (No. 1 singles) suffered her first loss of the season and fell 0-6, 2-6, to last year’s District Champion, Bailey Bell.

“Juhree had many chances to win more games, but she had too many unforced errors,” said Fenn.

Maddie Pollard fought hard in her match at No. 3 singles, and lost the first set in a 7-6 tiebreak, and then fell 3-6 in the second set. Oly Thorson (No. 4 singles) played with a sore left arm but with determination, and took the match to three sets, ulimately losing with scores of 6-3, 2-6, 2-6.

Fenn said, “A loss is sometimes a greater teacher than winning. Our team found out things about themselves that will help them in the regionals. We are progressing each match and I feel we are better prepared to play our best tennis at Regionals.”

The Lady Outlaws were scheduled to kick off District play at Madras on Monday, May 9.


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