Molalla girls scorch nets for league win
After a busy weekend, the Molalla High girls tennis team opened its league season with a 7-1 win over North Marion on April 6.
The Huskies swept the singles action with Rubie Burge (6-1, 6-1), Lainie Mead (7-6, 6-2), Ansley Nix (6-0, 6-3) and Kylie Smith (6-3, 6-1) all recording wins.
At first doubles, the team of Chloe Norgren and Kenzie Clonkey swept through the first set to win 6-0, but in the middle of the second set Norgren suffered a sprained ankle, forcing a forfeit.
Kelsee Smith and Lilly Nauta enjoyed "the match of the day," according to coach Mike Clarke, "going 2 hours and 20 minutes." The pair lost the first set 3-6, won the second 7-6 on a tiebreaker, then snagged the third set 6-4 for the win.
Macy Jones and Emily Hewett won 6-0, 6-2, and Olivia Ehleringer and Ava Nix won their match 6-1, 6-2.
"These wins have all been without our own courts to practice on," Clarke said. "That means practice serving, no challenges and just doing drills in the gym and never playing against each other for practice."
The Indians were busy over the weekend, taking a five-and-a-half hour bus ride to Klamath Falls for a pair of matches. On April 1, the Indians battled Henley High.
Burge snagged a 6-1, 6-1 win at first singles. Mead won at second singles and Kylie Smith added an exciting win with a 10-point tie-breaker in the third set. Kayden Harris won her singles match 6-4, 6-3.
Molalla swept through the doubles action with wins from Norgren-Clonkey (6-4, 6-0), Smith-Nauta (6-1, 6-1), Jones-Ehleringer (6-2, 6-1) and Emily Rountree teamed with Jessi Langendorfer for a 6-0, 6-0 at the fourth spot.
A day later (April 2), the Indians were on the court again to take on Klamath Union, a match Clarke called "a little tougher."
Burge lost to last year's state champion, Patricia Dougherty by a 0-6, 0-6 score. Mead, Ehleringer and Harris all dropped their singles matches.
In doubles play, the Indians had a little more success. Norgren and Clonkey won 6-0, 7-6, sisters Kylie and Kelsee Smith teamed up for a 6-2, 7-6 win. The other doubles teams played pro sets due to time. Jones and Nauta won 8-5 while Rountree and Langendorfer won 8-2.
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