Olivera cousins place fifth at state
The Madras girls doubles team Jessica and Erika Olivera lost in the first round of the 4A/3A/2A/1A Girls Tennis State Championships, but made it to the finals consolation match, placing in fifth overall.
The Olivera cousins faced Mia Friedman and Jennifer Lee, of Oregon Episcopal, in round one May 18. Oregon Episcopal is a private college preparatory school in the Portland area. The school has around 860 kids, prekindergarten through 12th grade.
The Oliveras lost 6-0, 6-1 to the No. 3-ranked Friedman and Lee.
Friedman and Lee made it all the way to the state finals and won 6-4, 6-1, becoming the girls doubles tennis state champions.
The girls played Mya Phelps and Elyse Englestadter, of Klamath Union, in the consolation quarterfinals match May 18. The Oliveras won 8-3, moving on to the next round.
On May 19, they faced Allee Ewing and Maycee Deelong, of Vale, in the semifinals match, winning a very close match, 9-7.
In the consolation finals match, the Olivera cousins lost to Macy Metcalf and Kathryn Hurlbut, of North Bend. The girls lost in four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 7-4, finishing in fifth place at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Girls Tennis State Championships.
"I thought they played very solid and aggressive throughout the entire tournament," said coach Dave Jordan. "I was super proud of their efforts and look forward to their next season. I thought they represented themselves and our school very well. Hopefully, we can bring home some hardware next year."