MHS tennis shows solid performance
Madras girls tennis hosted the first day of districts and had six athletes advance on Thursday. Two single competitors and two doubles teams earned a spot in next Thursday's meet at Black Butte Ranch, west of Sisters.
The championship results after round one of Special District 2 girls tennis were Philomath (6), Cascade (6), Crook County (5), Madras (4), Molalla (4), Sisters (3), Stayton (2), Estacada (1) and Corbett (1).
Katherinne Parodi, the No. 1 singles tennis player for Madras, advanced to the next round by beating Camellia Lewis, of Molalla. Parodi won in three sets, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
The other athlete to advance to the next day was Iylin Estrada, who beat Jenna Schepp, of Cascade, in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The No. 1 doubles team of cousins Erica Olivera and Jessisa Olivera advanced in the doubles bracket, as well as Sophia Rubio and Kelsey Olivera. Erica and Jessica beat Diaz/Mynatt, of Sisters, in two sets 6-3, 6-3 and Rubio and K. Olivera won by forfeit.
"I feel like we had a bit of a slow start, but then we knew what our end goal was going to be and that was, to go to state," said Erika Olivera. "That has been our goal this whole year, because last year we made it to the quarterfinals, but we fell just short to move on to state."
"Next week we are going to be focused right from the get go, try and get a really good warm up," said Erica. "The best matches we have had were when we were really focused and had a good warm up, not only with our team but warming up with the other team, as well. I think between doing that and communicating, we should be good."
"Once we really started getting into it, we started playing our game," said Jessica Olivera. "To make it to state would be great, but in order to do that, we need to play our game. We know how we can play, what we are capable of. All we need to do is just go out there and do it."
The Madras boys tennis program had nine athletes left to play on Monday, May 7. That included both consolation and the winners bracket.
No. 1 singles player Brandon Salgado dominated his match 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday. Salgado is the No. 2-seeded singles player in the distrct tournament.
Madras had a match to remember in the doubles bracket. No. 1 doubles team Esteban Gomez and Tony Giron, of Madras, beat Schaeffer/Crouser, of Philomath. The match went into three sets and lasted four hours. Gomez and Giron were down 0-5 in the last set, but came back to win seven straight games to advance to the second round of play in Black Butte on Monday.
"It was a sit-on-the edge-of-your-seat kind of game," said coach Margaret Kincaid. "When it was tied at 5-5, the crowd exploded with excitement. It was crazy wild."
Gomez and Giron are the No. 3 seed in the doubles bracket.
Oliver Fisk and Kobey Jorgensen, of Madras, beat Gurney/Petterson, of Sisters, winning in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, and advancing to the next match. Fisk and Jorgensen is the No. 2 doubles team for the White Buffalos.