Molalla girls open district tourney
The Molalla High girls tennis team got its district tournament off to a good start Monday at Madras High School, pushing through a bevy of players to the next round.
Those rounds will continue Thursday and Friday at Black Butte.
"We had a good first day at district," coach Mike Clarke said. "All four doubles teams advanced to the second round."
The No. 1 seeded doubles team of Hannah Nelzen and Alyssa Beatty beat a Woodburn teams 6-0, 6-0; Rubie Burge and Kylie Smith beat Stayton girls 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (tie-breaker 7-4); Kelsee Smith and Lilly Nauta beat a Woodburn pair 6-4, 6-4; and Chloe Norgren and McKenzie Clonkey also beat a Woodburn team 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
In singles action to open the tournament, Lainie Mead beat her Woodburn opponent by a 7-5, 6-3 count; Kaitlyn Curry went against the No. 5 seed from Stayton and lost 0-6,3-6, but came back in consolation to beat a Philomath girl 8-3; Ashley Nix played a pigtail against a Sisters player and won 8-2, then beat an Estacada opponent 6-0, 6-0 in the next round; and Anna Mametieff took on the No. 2 seed from Corbett and lost 0-6, 0-6. Then she lost a tough consolation match to a Cascade player 7-9.
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