Crook County girls tennis drops three straight ahead of districts
The Crook County High School girls tennis team has closed out the regular season with a trio of losses.
The Cowgirls had a busy week, falling 8-0 at Ridgeview on Monday, May2, 7-1 at Redmond on Wednesday, May 4, and 5-3 at The Dalles on Friday, May 6.
On Monday, the Cowgirls were missing their No. 1 singles player Meredith Cooper, impacting the results. Haven Housley moved up from No. 1 singles but lost to Ridgeview's Kylee Rost 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, the Ravens' Sophia Lapora rolled past Cecily Cooper 6-0, 6-2. In the No. 3 singles match, Crook County's Sami Ramos played well early before finally falling 7-5 (7-3), 6-2 to Liz Albin. Ridgeview's Bri Rost closed out the singles matches with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Perla Gomez.
The doubles matches were more of the same. First, Rachel Lester and Sydney Cassaro defeated Emmah Barnes and Harlee Bothum 6-3, 6-0. Then, Kylie Durr and Riley Loving rolled past Malorie Thompson and Macy Wiederholt 6-3, 6-1, before Morgan Fiero and Julia Williqams whipped Ana Jacuinde and Yadhira Ceja 6-1, 6-0. The final match of the night saw Lucy Standiff and Jimena Villigrano defeat Callie Winebarger and Kiera Glenn 6-1, 6-3.
On Wednesday, Meredith Cooper was back and took the lone victory for the Cowgirls defeating Redmond's Kloe Scherrer 7-5, 6-1.
Although there were several other close matches, it was the lone match that Crook County would win.
Redmond's Naya Lewis defeated Housley 6-1, 6-4, McKenna Crain slipped past Ramos 6-4, 8-6, and Ava Wolfe edged Yadhira Ceja 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles play, Dagne Harris and Yudith Gradilla blanked Crook County's Thompson and Wiederholt 6-0, 6-0, Brynn Capps and Grace Scott whipped Cecily Cooper and Jacuinde 6-0, 6-2, Emma Underwood and Kanina Hernandez edged Delanay Engstrom and Bothum 7-5, 6-4, before Kaisa Chapanar and Carmen Scholthess closed out the night with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Crook County's Bailey Everest and Gomez.
Friday was a different story, as the Cowgirls had plenty of opportunities to at least tie if not win the match.
Meredith Cooper rolled past Taria Rosales 6-1, 6-1 to get the Cowgirls rolling. Ramos kept things going with a 6-1, 6-2 whipping of the Riverhawks' Xiarera Garcia. Bothum also won, taking a marathon 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Giselle Ortega of The Dalles. Playing number four singles Ceja also had a long match but came up just short, falling to Jane Hamm 6-4 3-6, 10-7.
The Dalles then swept the doubles matches as Lucy Booth and Addison Little defeated Thompson and Wiederholt 6-0, 6-2, Diana Flores and Naomi Heredia blasted Jayden Bennett and Kadyn Madison 6-1, 6-1, Paulie Vega and Emily Serrato edged Gomez and Morgan Kelly 1-6, 6-4, 10-6. Kassie Perez and Jessica Peres then defeated Crook County's Samantha Dean and Abbi Pack 6-2, 6-0 to close out the match.
Next up for the Cowgirls are the Intermountain Conference Championships, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, at Redmond High School. The top four singles players and top four doubles teams from the IMC tournament will qualify for the state finals, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. Friday's matches will be held at the Portland Tennis, while Saturday's matches will be contested at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
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