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After falling to Cascade, defeating North Marion, drawing 4-4 with Stayton, Molalla eyes districts

Molalla's girls' tennis team ran into tough competition as of late. PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Country Christian and Molalla athlete Allison Burruel returns a volley.

On Monday, April 22 Molalla drew with Stayton 4-4, and wound up losing via a games count, 49-33. No. 3 singles player Grace Golden defeated Stayton's Megan Campbell 2-1 (4-6, 6-2, 6-4). The Nos. 1, 2, and 3 doubles team turned it into a trio of wins after battling with their Stayton counterparts.

On Tuesday, April 23 the team lost to Cascade 5-3. The doubles teams split down the middle, with Nos. 1 and 2 going Cascades way, but Maddy Brinkman and Jaden Donaldson at No. 3 picked up a 2-0 (6-4, 6-0) win, and No. 4 Hannah Nelzen and Alyssa Beatty picked up their own 2-0 (6-1, 6-4) win. The lone singles player to win was Molalla's No. 4 player, freshman Rubie Burge. It came close to going three sets, but Burge got the job done 2-0 (6-0, 7-5).

Molalla was able to rebound in a big way against North Marion 7-1 on Thursday, April 25. The top three singles players, Allison Burruel, Grace Golden, and Burge swept their matches 2-0. All of the doubles players dominated their opposition, particularly No. 1 Cassidy Burke and Jaden Beyer who won their match with a pair of 6-0 sets.

On Friday, April 26 the team competed against an incredibly small Corbett team that was only four players deep, and defeated those players handily.

Molalla will face off with Philomath on Monday, April 29 after the Pioneer goes to press. The district competition starts Thursday, May 2 at Estacada.

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