As of Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Dalles Wahtonka’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams came away with thrilling two-set wins and the singles duo of Anna Miller and Leslie Luna-Lopez put up good fights in losing efforts, as TDW suffered a 7-2 loss to Parkrose Monday in non-league tennis play in Parkrose.
In their doubles showdown, Katie Mazeski and Johanna Wilson never batted an eye when they had to hit the courts against Kim Tran and Kathy To.
The Eagle Indian tandem swung away to a 6-4 victory in the opener, and then flipped the switch in the second set by motoring ahead by a 6-0 margin for the sweep.
For TDW coach Debby Jones, it was a good sign to see her top pair get warmed up when it came down to crunch time.
“Both Katie and Johanna are beginning to find their niche together and find out how they can set up each other at the net and providing an effective one-two punch,” Jones said.
With the dominant effort put forth by the No. 1 team, the duo of Itzuri Hernandez and Alma Lopez followed suit with an impressive output of their own against Parkrose’s Marisol Paredos and Ruth Gomes.
Hernandez and Lopez had a tight opening round, but managed to get the late bounces to go their way in a 6-4 winner, and then completed the clean sweep in the second set by charging forward by a 6-3 margin.
What opened Jones’ eyes most was the fact that Hernandez and Lopez battled back from an early deficit in both sets to come out victorious.
“Hernandez and Lopez have been flirting with a big win and we made a few strategic adjustments in their game, which is helping them feel more comfortable,” Jones said. “It was a solid all-around win.”
On the singles side, Miller played a competitive first set losing by the slim margin of 7-4 in a tiebreaker and then just ran out of steam in the second set, losing to Ahley Pholhirath.
Luna-Lopez had one of her stronger outings at No. 4 singles, but she narrowly lost her match by tallies of 6-4 and 6-3.
Shania Lewis and Brittany Watkins went on to lose their singles matches and the No. 3 to No. 5 doubles all lost their matches in straight sets.
Jones added that since Parkrose had a large team, it enabled many of her players to hit the courts for extended swings to gain valuable experience.
“We picked up some key confidence-booster wins for the younger gals,” Jones said.
TDW next hosts Hood River Valley at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for senior night.