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After besting Tualatin 5-3, Cougars battled defending state champions Lake Oswego

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby's Cassidy Lowry was solid for the Cougars against Tigard. Canby girls' tennis squad split a pair of meets against its league competition this past week. On Monday, April 22 the team edged Tualatin 5-3, and lost a competitive outing against defending state champions Lake Oswego 6-2.

Against Tualatin, the Cougars doubles teams were the difference makers. No. 1 doubles team of Josie Warren and Arika Evans bested Tualatin's Sophie Bennett and Tammy Nguyen 2-0 (6-3, 6-2), and were joined by No. 3 and 4 doubles in getting wins. The team of Lily Lockwood and Amanda Davis had to battle extra to get the win though, going three sets and winning the last set 6-4 to seal the deal.

At the top of the card, sophomore Caitlin Gay wound up on the wrong side of a tough battle against Tualatin's Jensen Barnes 2-0 (6-2, 6-1), but Nos. 2 and 3 Noelani Hernandez and Rachel Bigej grabbed the crucial victories against the Timberwolves.

On Wednesday, April 24 Canby hosted the Lakers, and while the team was unable to get the overall win over the top TRL team, they did manage a pair of wins at the No.4 spots. Bigej bested Emma Murphy 2-0 (6-3, 6-3), and Danielle Netter and Naarai Gomez beat Sera Lew and Emma Lutz 2-1 (2-6, 6-3, 6-2).

Though Hernandez lost her match against Oswego's Jackie Booth 2-0, she battled with the No. 3 player. It was something coach Cate Lever took pride in.

"Noelani is my No. 3, a sophomore, and didn't play last year, so it's pretty amazing to see her progression this season," Lever said. "She's fighting for every point, hustling and getting to them and not getting frustrated, I'm just very proud as a coach to watch her right now."

The doubles against Lakers battled. Though Warren and Evans lost 2-0, they posted 4-6 and 5-7 results in strong efforts. At the No. 2 spot, Karly Bierma and Cassidy Lowry battled to a 2-1 result, and nearly got it done. With scores of 6-2, 5-7, and 2-6, the duo left it all out on the court.

"(Cassidy) is a competitor and is one of those people that can really carry a team and be positive," Lever said. "It's what you really need in a tennis doubles team. Somebody where it doesn't matter what's happening, they just focus on the next thing ahead. She starts working on where we're going to adjust. And Karly, I don't think she knows how many balls she can get because she's so tall. When she realizes how tall she is, she's a force to be reckoned with out there. It's a great team, a lot of talent. It's tough to make the lineups every week."

Canby faces off with Oregon City in a dual meet at Canby High School on Monday, April 29, after the Herald goes to press.


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