In doubles tennis, the best duos maintain a balance between one another.
And not just in their play, but also in their ability to pick each other up when a play goes against one of them.
Madras sophomores Erika Olivera and Jessica Olivera went the furthest of any White Buffalo team at the Special District 2 tournament, and undoubtedly, their run to the quarterfinals would not have been possible without their positive response to adversity.
Last Wednesday at the second day of districts in Madras, the two were leading Molalla's Cassidy Burke and Jayden Beyer 5-2 in the second set, but dropped three would-be match points and saw Molalla rally to win 7-5, which took the match into a decisive third set.
They again found themselves with a 5-2 edge in the third set, and again watched Molalla rally to within 5-4. But this time, the Madras pair stopped the comeback.
"Jessica and Erika really have a lot of potential — I'm sure they're going to do nothing but improve," Madras girls head coach Dave Jordan said. "Next year, they're going to be really tough."
In advancing to the quarterfinals, Jessica Olivera and Erika Olivera made the deepest run of any Madras team. Even though they lost to eventual runners-up, Shanay Rogers and Mayla Morgan of Estacada, 6-2, 6-2, the duo frustrated Estacada on several occasions with timely returns and solid serves.
With two more years to grow as individuals and as a team, Jordan expects them to take another big step next season.
The White Buffalos' other doubles team of Sophia Rubio and Katherinne Parodi lost to Molalla in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
In singles, senior Rosita Santellano lost to Stayton's Emma Lindemann in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Junior Daniela Rodriguez also dropped a straight-set match to Mary Florian of Sisters, 6-2, 6-2.
With several girls playing little to no tennis before this season, the Buffs' inexperience showed at times. But, many of them should improve, and as a result, so should the team next season.
"We have a lot of girls who came out their first time playing and made varsity," Jordan said. "They just didn't have a lot of experience ... I think we'll be a little tougher next season and I'm looking forward to that."