Busy week for MHS netters


Boys play three matches, girls host tournament

The Madras High School tennis teams were in high gear last week with league matches, along with the girls team hosting their version of the Madras Invitational on Saturday.

Madras finished fourth in the tournament, behind champion Ridgeview and two teams from La Salle Prep.

The tournament had essentially the same format as the boys run of the Madras Invitational the weekend before, with the singles and doubles split into two flights and each entered team playing everyone else in a best-of-seven games set.

The No. 1 doubles team of Ivette Ruiz and Kaitlyn Carter finished second overall, and beat the tournament champions Rhian Sage and Makena Jordison of Ridgeview, 4-3.

But the Madras duo had a couple other close matches, which allowed the Ridgeview team to accumlate more wins in other matches to overtake them in the final standings.

"I was real pleased with how Ivette and Kaitlyn did," Madras coach Dave Jordan said. "They were the only team to beat the Ridgeview girls."

They also beat both La Salle teams, and Jordan said this was a good preview for the team, since they take on the Falcons later in league play.

Jenni Young and Sophie Gemelas finished second in the No. 2 doubles flight.

Megan Forristall finished fourth at No. 2 singles for the Buffs.

The girls lost a pair of league matches prior to the tournament, one an 8-0 loss to Cascade last Monday, then a 4-4 tie that ended up going the way of North Marion in Aurora, due to sets won on Wednesday.

Forristall picked up a win against North Marion at No. 2 singles, and Itzel Romero won at No. 4 singles.

Ruiz and Carter earned a win at No. 1 doubles, and the pair of Diana Gonzalez and Jessica Gonzalez won a double matchup for the Buffs.

The boys crammed three matches into a week, but lost them all.

The Buffs dropped a 5-3 decision to Redmond on Friday in Redmond, but picked up two wins in the doubles competition.

Jesus Vasquez and Adam Maldonado earned a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles, and the tandem of Oved Felix and Jered Pichette won 60-4, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.

Noel Cardenas picked up the lone singles win for the Buffs in the No. 4 flight with by a 6-0, 6-0 count.

On Wednesday, the boys met the same fate as the girls team. They ended up tied 4-4 with North Marion, but the Huskies escaped with the victory due to sets won, 9-8.

North Marion won every singles match, but the Buffs swept the doubles matches to create the deadlock. Kody Turner and Colby Jack-Parks had to go three sets to settle things at No. 3 doubles, but they took out Tony Caballero and Klayton Pippert 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to keep the Buffs' chances of winning the match alive.

The No. 1 team of Caleb Freshour and Alexsis Penazola beat up on Trevor Kauffman and Dillian Jackson 6-4, 6-0, and Eliceo Garcia and Jordan Gemelas dispatched Kyle Torian and Charlie Cha 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Felix and Pichette beat Sam Packham and Tristan Rostocil in the No. 4 flight 6-2, 6-2.

Last Monday, Felix and Pichette picked up a win at No. 4 doubles to avoid a Cascade sweep in a 7-1 loss at home.

The tandem beat Jose Franco and Josh Wood 6-0, 6-1.