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Sherman loses 4-3 to Umatilla

Slowly, but surely, the Sherman tennis team is rounding into form.

The Huskies registered singles wins off the rackets of Karolyn Kaseberg, Meghan Belshe and Katherine Shafer in a 4-3 pro-set loss to Umatilla in 4A/3A/2A/1A varsity tennis action at Umatilla High School.

In these matches played to eight on the pro-set side, Kaseberg came through in her No. 1 tussle with Gabby Contreras.

The Husky player had a quick start and rode that solid beginning to an 8-3 winner.

Belshe was up next at No. 2, and the freshman, got back on the winning track with an 8-3 triumph over Brenda Coria.

Shafer completed the three-match singles sweep, by grabbing an 8-3 decision over Emily Stonecypher.

Given the elements wreaking havoc with winds changing shots and flights, Sherman head coach Kali Roche liked the level of adjustments they made through the course of the day.

“We had some strong singles play on the girls’ side,” Rolfe said.

Also on the singles side of the court, Brett Lane and Garak Casper lost their matches by lopsided margins.

Lane, who was penciled in at No. 1, lost 8-2 to Alejandro Aladigal, and at No. 2, Casper could not get any sustained rhythm in his tussle against Umatilla’s Koty Nobles in an 8-1 setback.

In No. 1 girl’s doubles play, Elvia Rubio and Hollee Kaseberg lost to Webb and Smith by an 8-2 score.

Lane and Casper matched wits in No. 1 boy’s doubles action opposite Aladigal and Groce, but ended up on the short end, an 8-3 loss.

“Our players did well adjusting to the incredibly windy conditions,” Rolfe said of her team. “I’m very proud of all of my players for making the adjustments for the wind to be successful in their games. We continue to grow with each match.”

Sherman next travels to Ione for a league match at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the Husky girls hit the court in the Madras Tournament.

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