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Tennis squad has a week to hone things before conference tournament begins May 10 east of the mountains

Three more league matches, three more wins for the Molalla girls tennis team, which finished the season 9-0 in league, claiming the regular season title.

After a Tuesday match with Estacada, the team turns its attention to the district tournament, which will begin Monday, May 10, at Madras before transitioning to Black Butte to finish up Thursday and Friday.

Last week, Molalla took care of Estacada Tuesday, Cascade Thursday and finished its regular season with a win over visiting Madras.

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKE CLARKE - Head coach Mike Clarke (front) and a couple generations of players he's coached. Current undefeated doubles team, Hannah Nelzen (second from left) and Alyssa Beatty (second from right) are flanked by their moms - Lauree Nelzen (left) and Jennifer Beatty (right) - who also played for Clarke years before. Nelzen and Beatty will be the No. 1 seed in doubles when the conference tournament commences on May 10 in Madras.

The squad was led by its No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Nelzen and Alyssa Beatty, a pair of seniors who were unbeaten in nine matches this year.

"Both those girls played tennis for me a 'few' years ago," coach Mike Clarke said. "And our No. three singles player, Ansley Nix, also went undefeated. She's a junior.

"Hannah and Alyssa will be the No. 1 seed (at district), and after that it is the luck of the draw," Clarke said. "We are pretty deep with talent at both doubles and singles. Our threes and fours alternated quite a bit. None of them ever lost."


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