6A girls tennis — The Tigers cruise past Century and Forest Grove, but fall to Tualatin and Tigard in conference play

TIGARD — After showing solid improvement through the heart of its league schedule, the Newberg girls tennis teams endured a turbulent four-game stretch as the regular season draws to a close.

The Tigers dispatched Century 7-1 April 29, getting an impressive victory from Kassie Grove, who handed Neyen Essien her first league loss of the season 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

In much the same way Newberg played McMinnville tougher the second time around this season, the Tigers were hoping to give Tualatin a run for its money in their second match up of the season April 30. by: SETH GORDON - Power stroke - Morgan Johnson lines up a forehand during her No. 4 doubles match versus Tualatin April 30. Johnson and partner Naivit Velasquez fell 7-5, 6-3 to Megan Bennet and Tatiana Dyler.

Unfortunately for Jon Halstead’s team, the result was again a 5-3 defeat.

Sam Russo and Grove won comfortably at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, but the Timberwolves answered back with wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to even the score.

The two best matches of the day came at No.1 and No. 3 singles, both of which went to three sets.

Tualatin duo Debbie Kim and Riley Steele prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 over Alenka Berales and Maddie Wiltshire at No. 1, but Newberg’s Melissa Lattig and Rachel Lundquist won their match 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 over Alex Rose and Hailey Howarth.

The Timberwolves went on to win both the No. 2 and No. 4 doubles matches in straight sets to wrap up the result.

Newberg rebounded to sweep Forest Grove in singles May 1, led by Russo’s 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing at No. 1.

Winning in doubles for the Tigers were No. 2 duo Kaylee Pattulo and Ashley Thompson, as well as Lattig and Lindquist at No. 3.

Newberg had a chance to wrap up third place in the dual-meet standings Monday at Tigard, but crashed to a disappointing 6-2 defeat.

Courtney Roshack and Fotini Dorrance earned a measure of revenge by beating Russo and Grove in the top two singles matches, then Caroline Tea and Hayden Huebner made it a sweep for Tigard by dispatching Ashley Johnston and Delaney Spellman at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Picking up Newberg’s lone wins were Pattullo and Thompson at No. 2 doubles and Lattig and Lindquist again at No. 3.

The Tigers will conclude the regular season Wednesday at Hillsboro, then head to Pacific University May 15-16 for the first two days of the district tournament before playing the final day at Linfield College.

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