Olivera cousins place third
The Madras High School girls tennis program had a strong second day of districts. Doubles team Erika and Jessica Olivera won two matches May 7, making it to the semifinals.
The girls won 7-6, 6-1, against Burke/Beyer, of Molalla, moving on to the quarterfinals match. The Olivera cousins faced Scholl/Skinkis, of Philomath, and won in two sets, 7-6, 6-2, qualifying for state, which has been a goal for them all season.
"We were so happy when we found out we were going to state," said Erika Olivera. "We have been working so hard all season and we were so tired after our second match, but we we knew we wanted it and pulled through."
"We need to play smarter and not harder," said Jessica Olivera. "Sometimes when we get frustrated, we tend to hit the ball harder instead of just placing the ball."
Erika and Jessica placed third in Thursday's district meet, held at Black Butte Ranch, near Sisters. After the start of the meet was delayed because of rain, the courts had to be dried off. Because the weather switched from sunny to rainy at times, some of the matches were stopped for weather delays in order to wait the rain out.
The girls lost in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4, to Harris/Webber, of Sisters. They played Mitchell/Wiebenga, of Cascade, for third and fourth place. The girls won in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, and will be advancing to state on May 12, in Corvallis.
In other action on May 7, Kelsey Olivera and Sophia Rubio, of Madras, lost 6-0, 6-1, against Connolly/Key, of Crook County.
On the singles side, Iylin Estrada made it to the quarterfinals, beating Seleh Carlisle, of Philomath, in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. She then lost to Mollie Lewandowski, of Molalla, in two sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Katherinne Parodi lost to Olivia Cooper, of Crook County, in two sets, 6-3, 6-4.
In the girls doubles consolation bracket, Margarita Castellanos and Bri Carlon won the consolation finals match. They beat Cha/Perez, of North Marion, 8-6, in their first match and beat Fraves/Rutherfurol, of Stayton, 8-6, in the semifinals match. In the finals match, the girls beat Asson/Silva, of Sisters, 8-4, becoming the girls doubles consolation finals winners.
Destinee Reynoso and Elania Nambo also competed in the doubles consolation bracket and lost in the semifinals. The girls beat Bravo/Moreno, of North Marion, 8-5, in their first match and lost to Asson/SIlva, of Sisters, in the semifinals match, 8-1.
In the singles consolation bracket, Daniela Rodriguez, of Madras, won her first match and lost to Jones, of North Marion, 9-8, in the semifinals.
The 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 2 consists of 11 teams — Cascade, Corbett, Crook County, Estacada, North Marion, Molalla, Philomath, Sisters, Stayton, Yamhill-Carlton, and Madras — all of which competed.
The Olivera cousins will now compete against the top four doubles teams from the Special Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Sixteen doubles teams move on to state and will play in Corvallis.