Heading into Wednesday’s league match with Hermiston, The Dalles girl’s tennis coach Debby Jones wanted to see her team earn more sets win than the zero they had in 2013.
TD amassed two wins and nearly a third in a 6-2 loss to the Bulldogs in a 5A match at Hermiston High.
“This was definitely a match where the girls had the opportunity to learn what it takes sometimes to win a match,” Jones said. “Being the technically stronger player or team does not assure a win.”
Anna Miller and Robin Pashek each took care of business in their top-2 singles matches.
Miller needed three sets to claim her win over Brianna Wolfe, as she started strong with a 6-3 win in the opener to lead early.
Wolfe rebounded with a 7-5 winner in set 2, but Miller was able to slam the door shut in the third set for a 6-3 score.
Using that momentum boost, Pashek had no issues at all in her No. 2 match by grabbing wins of 6-2, 6-0 over Katelyn Millard.
“I think Anna walked that thin line between wanting to win and finding out for herself that she did have the will to win,” Jones said. “Robin gave another strong effort at No. 2 singles. We have a great one two punch in our singles lineup.”
MJ Murillo lost her No. 3 match 6-2, 6-2, and Julissa Marquez was defeated 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 to round out the single side.
The Eagle Indians nearly had their third win of the day at No. 1 doubles with Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli on the court.
The Tribe tandem lost to Vanderploeg and Peterson by tallies of 6-3 and 7-5 margins.
“Johanna and Kiana walked off the court with a bitter taste in their mouths knowing how close they were to evening their match and having the momentum for the third set,” Jones said. “I know the win would have been great, but I think the long term lesson of closing out matches will pay dividends down the road.”
Abby Minnick and Leslie Luna-Lopez lost their No. 2 match 6-1, 6-0, Brittany Watkins and Rebekah Kohltfarber suffered a 6-1, 6-4 setback and Cassie Vazquez and Ellie Trujillo were dropped by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.
“Our freshmen duo at No. 4 doubles took on a senior/junior team and really played a much improved second set,” Jones said. “(It was) definitely a performance to build on.”
TD hosts Hood River Valley at 4 p.m. Tuesday.