Entering Thursday’s Intermountain Conference showdown at Redmond, The Dalles girls tennis team won three doubles matches and tacked on a pair of singles victories to defeat Redmond by a 5-3 score.

It was a quality response after the girls lost 7-1 to Wilsonville last week.

“I was not disappointed with this effort,” TD head coach Debby Jones said. “We had a little heart-to-heart about our inner belief and playing with purpose and all those deuce points and tiebreakers that we lost Tuesday were ours today.”

Charel Gijzen won her No. 1 singles match by a 6-4, 6-4 margin, and at No. 4 singles, Michaela Haight dominated her opponent with a two-set shutout, 6-0, 6-0.

“Charel had a big win,” Jones said. “This was a match she had to win with her heart and head. It was neck-and-neck the whole match, and in both sets, she came up with the key break to seal the deal.”

The No. 2 doubles duo of Karla Najera and Pearl Guzman garnered a three-set comeback win, coming back from a 2-6 opening loss with margins of 6-3 and 10-4.

Riley Brewer and Hannah Biehn scored another three-set tiebreaker match after losing the first set 6-7, finishing off their opponents 6-4 and 10-4.

At No. 4 doubles, Ari Andrade and Kristy Warren beat Kloe Melville and Sharisty Koach, 6-0, 6-2.

The only doubles loss was at No. 1, with Lupita Contreras and Yahaira Alvarez losing 4-6, 5-7 in a close matchup.

“Even our losses were much more competitive,” Jones added. “We also had key tiebreak wins from our second and third doubles. Being able to come back from a set down showed that belief we’ve been preaching.”

The Dalles has a three-match homestand coming up, with the second contest slated for 4 p.m. Thursday. On Tuesday, April 16, the Lady Hawks host Pendleton at 4 p.m.

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