Girls tennis takes down The Dalles
Last updated 5/9/2023 at 11:15am
The Lady Outlaws tennis squad crushed The Dalles in a final score of 7-1, at home on Tuesday, May 2, under beautiful and sunny weather conditions. Sisters is 5-1 in conference play and 9-4 overall.
Sisters' singles players were once again a force to be reckoned with. They were on fire - dominating play, sweeping the court with wins in all four matches. They dropped only five games.
Kizziar (No. 1) dominated play and cruised to an easy 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Josie Hamm.
Coach Bruce Fenn said, "Juhree continues to be solid in her games. Some new skills she's developed is a soft drop shot, bringing her opponent to the net and then passing them or lobbing them."
Brooke Harper (No. 2) easily defeated Gabby Vega 6-0, 6-2. Harper hit a lot of balls in play during the match, while her opponent got anxious and hit the ball out. Fenn noted that Harper is a superior defense-style player and waits for her opponent to miss.
Katy Ryan (No. 3) took down Aimee Sanchez with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. Ryan is on a run of three straight matches where her opponent has not won a game.
Rylie Bick (No. 4) rounded out the singles wins with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alexa Diaz. Bick continues to improve her game with every match she plays, especially her footwork and getting into good hitting positions. Fenn added that Bick has also improved her backhand hitting with more confidence and depth on her shots.
Doubles players also had a strong performance. Coach Fenn mixed up the players and positions once again, and the outcome was
Sophie Rush and Presley Adelt moved up to No. 1 doubles for the first time this year. They fought hard in the first set and lost 5-7, in a game that Fenn said could have gone either way. The pair came back in the second set, made fewer errors, and won 6-2 to force a tiebreaker, where unfortunately they fell 4-10, to Lucy Booth and Naomi Heredia.
Lanie Mansfield and Cadence Dahl were successful as the No. 2 duo and beat Giselle Ortega and Jessica Huzar-Perez 6-1, 6-1. Both players hit winners at the net and defended from the baseline.
Leah O'Hern and Charlotte Seymour matched up against Yamari Santillan and Rita Rincon. The first set tied at 6-6 in games, and then the Outlaws duo won in a 7-4 tiebreaker. They went on to easily win the second set 6-0.
The Wyland sisters, Sage and Shae, won their No. 4 doubles match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ari Chavez-Rodriguez and Jarmin Elias. Fenn noted that Sage and Shae are both very physical and aggressive at the net. Shae defends well from the baseline and Sage knocks off winners at the net.
"It was a very good day for the Outlaws in all areas," said Fenn. "We are beginning to come together as a good team that will compete at Districts for the title."
The Subdistrict Tournament was to be held at Madras on Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9. There are 20 teams in Special District 4, so four different Subdistrict tournaments are being held to make things more manageable. The Subdistrict Tourney qualifies players for the District Tournament, which will be held in Corvallis on May 19-20.