Sandy takes care of Parkrose
5A Girls Tennis
SANDY — With the NWOC District Tournament fast approaching, Sandy wanted to make sure that they were playing their best tennis as the dual season wraps up.
For the most part, the Pioneers completed their goal.
Sandy spit the singles matches and won four of the five doubles matches to take the 6-3 dual win over Parkrose on Tuesday, April 24.
"We took care of business," Sandy head coach Greg Thorson said. "Overall it was a good win. The girls played really well."
Sandy was led their by top singles player in Maggie Fox, who easily took home the 6-1, 6-1 victory in her match.
"I feel like I have been able to improve my footwork over the last week, so that has been a huge factor for me," Fox said.
Madsion Krening took the number two singles match in convincing fashion for the Pioneers, winning 6-2, 6-0.
In a match that ended up lasting two hours and 30 minutes Lauren Twist lost 5-7, 5-7 in number three singles while Felicia Kincaid pushed her opponent, but eventually fell 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.
"Maggie played terrific and Madison also played great," Thorson said. "(Twist) I felt like had a good chance to win, but couldn't get it done. However, the other girl was a backboard. She just hit everything back to Lauren and that is a difficult type of girl to play against."
For most of the year, the combination of Emma Reiser and Sydney Stratton had been locked in at the top doubles position for the Pioneers. However, they were passed up by the duo of Kaitlyn Poulin and Emma Donahue, who played in their first number one match of the conference season.
"I didn't move them up, they moved themselves up," Thorson said of Poulin and Donahue. "We just have an embarrassment of riches in doubles."
Even though it was their first match in the top spot, Poulin and Donahue proved that they belonged as they won their match 6-1, 6-1.
"Our communication really helps us as far as who is going to the net and who is playing back," Donahue said. "We're both really good at encouraging each other to be aggressive."
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