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Despite not home courts to practice or play on, the Indians have put together a very successful season

Despite no home court to speak of, the Molalla High girls tennis team continued a successful season with a trio of league wins.

The Indians, which can't practice on its own courts because the renovation project on them isn't complete, have put together a nice run of success. On April 27, they held a senior night on their "home" court at Oregon City High School where they continue their run with a 7-1 win.

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKE CLARKE - (Left to right) Rubie Burge, McKenzie Clonkey, Chloe Norgren, Lainie Mead, Kylie Smith, Ansley Nix and Crista Baurer during the Molalla High girls tennis team's senior day match against Sisters.

"It was the best we could do for our seniors and their parents," coach Mike Clarke said. "Everyone played very well, with us winning 7-1. It was nice to see some of the Molalla students come to Oregon City to watch us play. It meant a lot to our girls. That has been another disappointment not having home courts in that we don't get a cheering section of students watching us. It is even hard for many parents to watch their daughters play out of town."

Against Sisters, Clarke's squad got wins at second singles (Ansley Nix, 6-0, 6-0), third singles (Kylie Smith, 6-0, 6-0), and fourth singles (Lainie Mead, 6-2, 6-2).

They then swept the doubles action with wins from Chloe Norgren-Kenzie Clonkey (6-1, 6-4), Kelsee Smith-Lilly Nauta (6-0, 6-0), Macy Jones-Emily Hewett (6-4, 4-6, 10-6 tiebreaker), and Olivia Ehleringer-Ava Nix (7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker), 6-3).

The Indians, who like many teams in the valley are dealing with weather, managed an 8-0 win over Woodburn on April 22 and a 6-2 defeat of Stayton on April 21.

"Everyone is playing quite well with all of our matches being on the road," Clarke said. "We try to get to our opponent's courts a little early so we can practice our serves and get used to hitting on an actual court. I am very happy with how our girls have held up with all the traveling."


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