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By Jaryd Cline
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Girls tennis bounces back after first loss

 

April 18, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale's Hayden Lorton returns the ball during the April 9 home match against the White Swan Cougars. Lorton and teammate William Finn fell to the Cougars in the No. 1 doubles match but bounced back for a straight-sets win last Tuesday against Naches.

The unbeaten streak for the Goldendale girls was snapped last Tuesday in Naches, a match that head coach Channon Bighorn said he was nervous about.

The Rangers edged the Wolves, taking both singles matches and one doubles match for the 3-2 win.

As a team, the girls had won the previous six matches, with three of them coming against South Central Athletic Conference West rivals Cle Elum (March 15), Granger (March 26), and Zillah (March 27).

Last Tuesday also was the first time all season that both Goldendale singles teams lost. No. 1 singles Kylee Beam, an experienced senior who's played both singles and doubles this season and before, fell 6-1, 6-2 to Michelle Busey while No. 2 singles Alyssa Simmons, the most improved player from last season according to Bighorn who grew tremendously in the offseason, dropped a 0-6, 4-6 decision to Naches' Amy Leonard.

Both Goldendale No. 1 and 2 doubles groups won in straight sets to keep the window open for a win, but a close two sets in the No. 3 doubles match went to the Rangers, giving them the 3-2 advantage for the team win.

At first doubles, senior Talia Johnson and junior Kelli Bighorn made quick work of their opponent for a 6-0, 6-3 win while second doubles of senior Halie Allen and sophomore Kristin Bighorn also won in straight (6-1, 6-1) sets.

Third doubles of Isabell Nadler-Casimiro and freshman Ashley Bartkowski played a pair of close sets with their opponents but dropped both sets of the 4-6, 3-6 match.

The boys also narrowly fell to the Rangers, picking up two doubles wins but falling in both singles matchups.

Alden Bothamley (2-6, 2-6) and Cody Farmer (4-6, 2-6) both dropped straight-set games in the first and second singles matches respectively, while second doubles of Mark Blunt and Avery Christiansen also fell in two (4-6, 4-6) sets.

First doubles of William Finn and Hayden Lorton cruised to a two-set win (6-4, 6-3) along with third doubles of Jeremiah Ricks and Justin Grove (6-2, 2-6, 10-6) for the two boys wins.

Highland

With straight-sets wins all around on Thursday, the Goldendale girls tennis squad bounced back from its only loss of the season with a sweep of the Highland Scotties on Thursday in Cowiche.

All five girls teams along with four of the five boys teams picked up wins against the Scotties while both went into the weekend break on a winning note.

Johnson and Kelli Bighorn won their fourth straight doubles match since falling to Zillah's No. 1 group back on March 26 with a quick 6-0, 6-3 win against Highland's top duo of Jackie Diaz and Monica Silva.

Since dropping the three-set match to the Leopards, Bighorn and Johnson have yet to drop a set, and twice have won in 6-0, 6-0 decisions in the four matches they've played since the March 26 match.

Allen and Kristin Bighorn followed for a second-doubles sweep (6-3, 6-2) and Bartkowski and Nadler-Casimiro finished of their opponents 6-2, 6-1.

For the boys, (first) John Hanna and (second) Bothamley cruised in their singles matches for 6-0, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1 wins respectively.

Finn and Lorton fell in 0-6, 2-6 in two sets in the first doubles match while second doubles of Blunt and Farmer won 6-2, 6-0 in two sets. Thursday's third doubles group of Ricks and Christiansen won by forfeit.

Up next

The Timberwolves were on the road on Tuesday in Granger where the girls team won in a 3-2 advantage with the boys falling two games to three against the Spartans.

The Timberwolves are out of town again on Thursday for a long trip to Cle Elum. The match starts at 3:30 p.m.

Goldendale opened the season against Cle Elum at home back on March 15. The girls took four of the five matches while the boys won three matches and dropped two. That match originally was scheduled to be played in Cle Elum, but was moved to Goldendale because of the court conditions up there.

 

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