Harris sisters win No. 1 and 2 singles titles at tournament

All season Crook County High School tennis coach Lloyd Rodgers has said how good the girl’s tennis team is and all season the team has lost duals because they have been forced to forfeit four of the eight matches in the dual.

Saturday, Rodgers was proved right as the Cowgirls dominated the Madras Invitational tennis tournament. The Cowgirls racked up 141 points to outdistance second-place Henley and third-place Sisters. Hood River Valley finished fourth in the eight-team tournament, followed by host LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Elsa Harris plays a winning shot during the Madras Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Harris went on to win the No. 1 singles title at the tournament.

Elsa Harris was the star of the tourney, going undefeated in the round robin format at No. 1 singles. Younger sister Greta was just as impressive, going 7-0 en route to a win at No. 2 singles.

The Cowgirls' No. 1 doubles team also played well. The team of Laura Fraser and Gwyneth Ptomey won their first four sets of the day, then lost the remaining three sets 4-3 as they finished third. A team from Henley won the No. 1 doubles title, while a Sisters squad finished in second.

With just five players on the Crook County team, Maggie Kasberger teamed with a pair of players from Madras to play No. 2 doubles. With her initial pairing, Kasberger won the first two sets of the day. Starting the third set, the player from Madras told Kasbeger that they needed to finish the set in a hurry because she was late for an appointment to have her nails done for prom. The team played poorly in the set and lost. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN  - Greta Harris plays a backhand winner during the Madras Invitational Tournament. Harris finished first in the No. 2 singles division at the tournament.

With her initial partner gone to the nail salon, Kasberger was given a second partner from Madras. The team finished the tournament with a 5-2 record and wound up third in the No. 2 doubles division.

This week the Cowgirls are especially busy. The team’s match with Ridgeview, originally scheduled for Thursday, was rained out and rescheduled for Monday. On Tuesday, the squad is on the road at Summit. The team is back in action Thursday when they host the Mountain View Cougars. Both matches are scheduled for 4 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the team goes on the road to take on the defending state champion Oregon Episcopal Aardvarks in a 10 a.m. match.

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