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Crook County started tournament with big wins, but couldn't continue momentum

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Gracie Slawter plays a shot during the district tennis championships, which were held at Ridgeview High School Friday and Saturday.
Slawter and her doubles partner, Meredith Cooper, won their first round match but were unable to advance to Saturday's rounds.The Crook County Cowgirls failed to live up to expectations at the Intermountain Conference Tennis Championships, which were held at Ridgeview High School.

The Cowgirls had hoped to qualify athletes for the state tournament. Instead, by the end of day one, no Cowgirls were still alive in the tournament.

The Cowgirls got off to a great start in the first round of the tournament with all but one team member winning their first round match.

However, that turned out to be a problem in the long run.

Players who drop their first round match are still alive in the consolation rounds, while a player who wins in the first round is out of the tournament if they lose in a latter round.

Crook County No. 4 singles player Hannah Love dropped her first-round match, falling into consolation. However, she was unable to advance in the consolation bracket and was quickly eliminated from the tournament.

The remaining Cowgirls all got off to great starts.

No. 3 singles player Ashley Reynolds won her opening-round match, then was eliminated from the tournament with a second-round loss.

No. 2 singles player Kaylee Carr also won her first-round match, but fell in the second round.

Olivia Cooper, the Cowgirls' No. 1 singles player, fared better, reaching the quarterfinals before being eliminated one match short of qualifying for the state tournament.

In doubles action, all four Cowgirl teams won their first-round matches.

Meredith Cooper and Gracie Slawter, the Cowgirl's No. 4 doubles team, nearly pulled off a major upset in the second round, but couldn't maintain the momentum as they were eventually eliminated.

Maria Knight and Kristie Chu, the Cowgirls' No. 3 doubles team, also found a way to win their first round match before being eliminated from the tournament, as did No. 2 doubles team Katelynn Gibson and Alena McCabe.

Like Olivia Cooper, the Cowgirls' No. 1 doubles team of Tansy Clark and Marlen Ceja had hoped to qualify for state. The duo entered the tournament with the fourth seed. However, like Cooper, they fell short of qualifying for the state tournament, dropping a close match Friday afternoon as they were eliminated from the event.

Ridgeview and Redmond took all four doubles berths at the state tournament, while The Dalles won the district championship with a strong showing in singles play.

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