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Lady Buffs tennis program celebrate seniors, gear up for district tournament rounds.

STEELE HAUGEN - Senior Elaina Nambo was one of the six Madras girls tennis athletes to participate at their senior night meet April 25.The Madras Lady Buffs girls tennis team hosted the Philomath Warriors during their senior night April 25.

Jessica and Erika Olivera kept things rolling with another win for the Buffs. The two defeated Lindsay Scholl and Ella Skimkis 6-4, 6-4. Jessica and Erika were able to place third at districts and fifth at state last season and are looking for similar results this season.

"I feel good heading into districts," Jessica Olivera said. "We are a strong team that has been playing together for four years, so that makes things even better for us."

The No. 2 doubles match was won by Madras' Kelsey Olivera and Elaina Nambo, who bested Claire Skimkis and Amelia Skimkis 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Chloe Jurug and Afira Fairbanks, of Philomath, defeated Kylie Borchert and Destinee Reynoso Conales 6-2, 6-4. In the No. 4 match, the Warriors team of Keya Bacho and Ashlyn Wolk bested Lorena Macias and Natalie Ramos 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

On the singles' side, the Warriors swept the Buffalos 4-0.

The Warriors No. 1 tennis player, Shelah Carlisle bested Katherinne 6-2, 6-4, while Maddie Melton, of Philomath, defeated Erica Desjardins 6-1, 6-3.

Philomath athletes, Madison Francis, defeated Azucena Ruiz 6-0, 6-4 and Emma Nelson bested Madras player, Esme Garcia 6-0, 6-4.

The Warriors were able to defeat the Lady Buffs 6-2.

"I feel like the season has been OK for me, some setbacks from the snow and it hasn't really felt like a full season, but I am feeling better toward the end," Parodi said. "Senior night felt surreal; it hasn't really felt that long. It is going to be something that I will miss. I just want to do my best at districts; I am excited and ready to give it my all."

Buffs blow by Bulldogs

The girls tennis team traveled to Woodburn, facing their newest league opponent April 22. The Buffalos welcomed the Bulldogs to the league with a 5-1 victory.

All of the Madras doubles teams not only won their matches, but did it in dominant fashion.

Erika and Jessica Olivera set the tone for the Lady Buffs, beating Yaire Solano and Karina Zamora 6-0, 6-1.

"I think this season was pretty hard because we probably had half the season indoors," Erika Olivera said. "We didn't really know what to expect when we started playing outdoors again, but we came out and just played how we knew, which is playing together."

STEELE HAUGEN - Erica Desjardins returns the tennis ball at a meet against Philomath April 25."I think we didn't take last year's districts as seriously and as literally as we should have," she said. "We were so focused on just making it to state that when we made it to the top four, we were like whatever. Now seeing the competition at state, we really need to try our best to be No. 1, because that would really give us an advantage at state, but first I am excited to see what we can do at state."

"Our end goals are to be district champions," said Erika Olivera. "I don't think coach (Dave) Jordan has ever had a doubles championship team. We want to do that to make him proud, make us proud, and hopefully come home with some sort of medal from state. Hopefully, we can place high and make all of our hard work be validated."

The No. 2 doubles match was won by Madras' Kelsey Olivera and Nambo, beating Fatima Domiguez and Denise Garcia 6-0, 6-0.

Reynoso Conales and Borchert defeated Fay Mumatieff and Ashley Cervantes in the No. 3 match. The two Buffalos won in two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Macias and Ramos finished the doubles sweep for the Buffs, defeating Victoria Greidmar and Karla Dominguez 6-0, 6-0.

Parodi played in the No. 1 singles match and bested Aurora Villa Juan 6-2, 7-5, while Yeseina Lopez gave the Woodburn Bulldogs their only win of the meet, beating Desjardins 6-3, 7-5 (7-5).

"Katherinne (Parodi) can beat almost anyone she has played this year," head coach Dave Jordan said. "She is not out of the hunt when it comes to competition. Hopefully, we can get her playing well enough to beat one of the seeded players. I think realistically, we can see five Madras tennis players at state this year."

The No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches were both unfinished and scratched due to weather conditions.

Districts is next for the Lady Buffs and the first day will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Estacada High School. The second and third days of districts will be held at Black Butte Ranch Monday, May 6, and Thursday, May 9.

"We had a good freshman class four years ago and you could see that they were going to be good," coach Jordan said. "They have improved a bunch and turned into excellent tennis players and excellent young ladies. They are fun to be around and most, if not all, are very active in school, with clubs. A lot of them play more than one sport as well, and it has been a pleasure to coach them."

"My expectation is our No. 1 doubles team, Erika and Jessica, will get the No. 1 seed and I think our No. 2 team, Kelsey (Olivera) and Elaina (Nambo) are capable of beating a lot of No. 1 teams from other schools," he said. "I think they are as good, if not better, than a lot of those teams, so I am looking forward to hopefully have them get to state competition."2, at Estacada High School. The second and third days of districts will be held at Black Butte Ranch Monday, May 6 and Thursday, May 9.

"We had a good freshman class four years ago and you could see that they were going to be good," coach Jordan said. "They have improved a bunch and turned into excellent tennis players and excellent young lady's. They are fun to be around and most if not all are very active in school, with clubs. A lot of them play more than one sport as well and it has been a pleasure to coach them."

"My expectations is our No. 1 doubles team, Erika and Jessica will get the No. 1 seed and think our No. 2 team, Kelsey (Olivera) and Elaina (Nambo) are capable of beating a lot of No. 1 teams from other schools," he said. "I think they are as good if not better than a lot of those teams, so I am looking forward to hopefully have them get to state competition."


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