Thinking back to Wednesday’s league-opening match versus Hermiston, an 8-0 loss, The Dalles head boy’s tennis coach Andrew Hughes expressed a few elements of disappointment, but instilled confidence in his team’s ability to flip the switch down the stretch.
“We had such a good week of practice and to see it not manifest itself to wins today was a little disappointing,” said Hughes. “We did see our players make improvements to their game, so it is encouraging. We will keep practicing and re-enforce what we have been working on to improve more and more by the end of the season for districts.”
The Dalles lost 8-0, and still came close to winning two of those singles matches.
Cole McDowell lost in three sets after winning the opener by a 6-0 score. Hermiston’s No. 2 player, Tyler Wadekamper, bounced back in the next two games to post scores of 6-3 and 6-4 to get on a winning track.
At No. 3, Christian Munoz played a tough two sets with Vinny Whitesell in defeat. He lost 6-0 in the opener, but Munoz fought hard in the second set, losing 7-6, 7-3 in the tie-breaker.
Griffin Martin, playing in just his second match of the season, is still finding his groove and played inspired versus Luke Wyatt, losing 6-1 and 6-4.
At No. 1 doubles, William Coy and Ethan Semlor were a few bounces from taking the opening set, but lost 7-5 to Jacob Snell and AJ Garcia. The Bulldog duo then completed the sweep with a 6-1 winner to take the match.
The Dalles makes a trip to Hood River Valley for another league tussle with the Eagles at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Sherman comes close in Stanfield
Katherine Shaffer, Brett Lane and the doubles team of Elvia Rubio and Hollee Kaseberg came away with wins, but the Sherman tennis team was edged out by Stanfield 4-3 in 4A/3A/2A/1A league tennis action Tuesday afternoon in Stanfield.
Shaffer inched ahead in her No. 3 single pro-set match with an 8-4 winner over Nicole Hood, and at No. 1 boys’ singles, Lane, powered past Hank Gerhke by an 8-4 margin.
Also in doubles action, the No. 1 girl’s duo of Rubio and Kaseberg slipped past their Stanfield foes in a closely contested slugfest, 9-8.
The Huskies nearly left Stanfield with a team win, but Karolyn Kaseberg lost in three to Gati Chavez.
In the opening set, Kaseberg got off to a hot start with a 6-1 win, but Chavez evened the match at 1-apiece by a 6-4 score. Chavez eventually won the match by a 6-3 score in the finale.
Meghan Belshe lost her No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-4, and Garak Casper lost to Gerhke 8-3 in a pro-set matchup.
“We learned a lot about the importance of mental toughness and areas we need to improve upon,” said Husky coach Kali Rolfe. “We will be making adjustments to our game plan to match opponents’ play. We had some great victories. I am very proud of my team. They played some long matches and showed growth and determination.”
Sherman travels to Umatilla for another stiff test at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.