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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Girls tennis continues to roll with wins over Zillah and Royal

 

Jaryd Cline

Senior Kylee Beam returns the ball during her singles match with Zillah's Hollie Zieglar on March 26 in Goldendale. Beam cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Zieglar while playing in the No. 1 singles slot.

The Goldendale girls tennis team heads into spring break on a roll and remained undefeated as a team after a league win over the Zillah Leopards on March 27 and a nonconference sweep of the Royal Knights two days later in Goldendale.

The girls, led by last year's state team of Kelli Bighorn and Talia Johnson as No. 1 doubles, are stacked from top to bottom in both singles and doubles, and have a serious chance to capture the South Central Athletic Conference West district title if they continue the strong play.

Even when Goldendale's No. 1 doubles team falls, the girls' depth and strong play from the other doubles and two singles teams have been able to propel the team to victory.

There are five total games (three doubles and two singles) in each match, and the team that wins the majority of them wins the match. The girls have yet to drop a match as a team throughout the first five matches of the season.

However, they haven't matched up against what should be their toughest opponent this season. The La Salle Lightning have notoriously been the toughest tennis team in the league since they joined the Class 1A ranks. The teams originally were set to meet back on March 22 in Union Gap, but the match was postponed. Goldendale will now travel to play the Lightning at their place on May 4. Goldendale hosts La Salle on April 23.

Those should be a couple of close, exciting matches against two of the most balanced teams from top to bottom in the league.

But in last Tuesday's SCAC West match against the Zillah Leopards, Goldendale's balance pushed the team to a win after Bighorn and Johnson dropped a close, three-set decision to Zillah's top doubles team of Abbie Meyers and Maleilie Hemendez. Goldendale's No. 1 team fell 4-6 in the first set, evened it up with a 6-2 win in the second to force the third and deciding set which the Leopards took again 4-6.

But that was the only match the girls dropped while every other team was able to win in straight sets. First singles Kylee Beam won in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) over Holly Zieglar while second singles player Alyssa Simmons won by forfeit. Simmons also has been strong up to this point in her singles matches, having not lost a game yet.

On the doubles side, Kristin Bighorn and Halie Allen didn't lose a set in their 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 2 doubles match and Ashley Bartkowski and Isabell Nadler-Casimiro followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win in the No. 3 doubles contest.

The boys came close against the Leopards, picking up one doubles and one singles win but the road team held on for the 3-2 win.

At No. 2 singles, Alden Bothamley held on for a close 7-6, 6-4 win while Reis Long and Mark Blunt had the other win for the Wolves in their third doubles match. First singles of John Hanna fell 2-6, 3-6, first doubles of Avery Christiansen and Cody Farmer fell 0-6, 0-6, and second doubles of William Finn and Hayden Lorton fell in a 3-6, 3-6 decision.

Royal

The Goldendale girls came away with another team win, this time against the South Central Athletic Conference East's Royal Knights in nonleague action on Thursday in Goldendale.

The girls took four of the five matches from the Knights to remain undefeated as a team, while the boys narrowly fell, winning two while Royal escaped with three wins.

All three girls doubles teams cruised to easy wins over the Knights without dropping a set. First doubles of Johnson and Kelli Bighorn set the standard by winning in straight sets without dropping a point, followed by Kristin Bighorn and Allen (No. 2 doubles) who had little trouble in their 6-1, 6-1 win.

Bartkowski and Nadler-Casimiro kept the doubles shut out intact after their 6-1, 6-0 win against Francisca Santiago and Kate Guadarrama.

Beam took her first set into extras but Cynthia Coyazo won the extended tiebreaker 10-8, and went on to take the second set 6-4 to edge Beam and give Goldendale its only girls loss. Simmons faced a little bit of a tougher test than she has been facing, but still came away with a 6-2, 6-2 win.

The boys were once again close, winning two games to the Knights' three.

Bothamley fell 2-6, 4-6 in first singles and Hanna won the second singles game 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles of Finn and Lorton dropped the tiebreaker in the first set, and fell 5-7 in the second, No. 2 doubles (Blunt and Farmer) fell in straight sets and third doubles of Long and Christiansen won 6-2, 6-0.

Up next

The Wolves are away from the court this week, and return from spring break for a busy week starting with a home match on Monday, April 9 against the White Swan Cougars. After facing the Cougars, they head to Naches the next day for a matchup with the Rangers.

The Timberwolves host Highland on April 12 for their third match in four days.

 

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