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By Jaryd Cline
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Goldendale girls tennis breezes past La Salle, boys and girls sweep White Swan

 

April 25, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Isabell Nadler-Casimiro returns the ball during Monday's match against La Salle. She, along with Ashley Bartkowski, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win in the third doubles match.

The La Salle Lightning girls tennis team usually is among the top teams in the league as well as the state, but on Monday it had nothing on the Timberwolves.

The Goldendale girls cruised past the Lightning on a warm Monday afternoon in Goldendale, winning four out of the five total matches with all the wins coming in straight sets.

The girls have continued to roll this season, winning every match except for the April 10 road match in Naches.

The boys also finished with a 4-1 match advantage over the Lightning, although all three of the doubles matches were won via forfeit by the Timberwolves.

Top doubles duo of Talia Johnson and Kelli Bighorn faced a bit of a challenge, but their straight-sets (6-2, 6-3) win set the stage for the other two Goldendale doubles teams, both of which won while only dropping one point.

Halie Allen and Kristin Bighorn made quick work of the Lightning's second doubles team with the 6-0, 6-1 win, while third doubles of Ashley Bartkowski and Isabell Nadler-Casimiro also won easily at 6-1, 6-0.

First singles Kylee Beam was faced with a tough task in her match and fell 0-6, 0-6 to Hannah Singco, who took fourth place along with a teammate at last year's state doubles tournament. Alyssa Simmons held strong in the second singles match, holding on for a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Boys first singles John Hanna was locked into a long, tough battle with Tommy Vargas, forcing a third set after Vargas won the opening set 6-3 with Hanna taking the second 6-4. However, Vargas hung on in the extra set 7-5 to edge Hanna.

Second singles Alden Bothamley held off Jerad Bell 7-5, 7-5 while all three doubles teams (first of William Finn and Hayden Lorton, second of Mark Blunt and Cody Farmer, and third of Jeremiah Ricks and Avery Christensen), all won by forfeit.

After Monday's home match, Goldendale was back on the road Tuesday at White Swan for a matchup with the Cougars where the boys and girls both cruised to 5-0 team wins.

Cle Elum

Against the Warriors last Thursday, both Goldendale girls singles players hung on for three-set wins while all three doubles teams cruised for wins in straight sets for the sweep.

For the boys, Cle Elum won the only two matches that were played, first singles and first doubles, with the other three ending in forfeits. The match ended in a 2-2 tie, with Goldendale picking up forfeit wins in the No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles, while neither team had a second doubles that day.

First Singles Beam dropped a first-set tiebreaker but went on to win the next two sets handily for the three-set comeback win. Tayler Wells, in the second singles slot, won the first 7-5, dropped the second 4-6, and held on for the win with a 7-4 third set.

Johnson and Kelli Bighorn cruised in the first doubles match, winning 6-0, 6-0, Allen and Kristin Bighorn won 6-1, 6-1 in the second doubles matchup, and third doubles of Bartkowski and Nadler-Casimiro also won easily (6-1, 6-1) in straight sets.

Hanna, first singles for the boys team, had a tough time in his match and fell 1-6, 2-6, while Finn and Lorton also fell in two sets in the first doubles match.

Granger

The Wolves were on the road for their second of two matchups with league rival Granger last Tuesday, where the girls dropped both singles matches while winning all three doubles matches to hang on for the team win.

The boys picked up two wins by forfeit while the Spartans captured the other three to come away with the win. The Granger boys have been tough all season long and haven't lost an SCAC West meet yet this year.

The girls were led by the fifth straight win from top doubles duo Talia Johnson and Kelli Bighorn, who held off Granger's No. 1 doubles team of Sophie Blodgett and Kaitlyn Roettger in three sets. They took the first set 6-3, but Granger forced a third and decisive set after a 7-5 win in the second set. Johnson and Bighorn held on in the third with a 6-3 set win, picking up the win after previously falling to Granger's first doubles team in the team's first meeting on March 26 in Goldendale, although it was two different girls who made up Granger's first team last Tuesday.

Granger's two girls who combined to make the first doubles team in the first match with Goldendale split up and played first and second singles last Tuesday, winning both over the Timberwolves.

In the No. 1 singles match, Beam dropped a two-set match (0-6, 0-6) to Granger's Naya Roettger while second singles Wells fell to Anabel Castillo 1-6, 0-6. Roettger was one of the SCACs four singles players to reach the state tournament last year.

After dropping the two singles matches, Goldendale's strong doubles depth was able to propel the team for the win after all three of doubles groups picked up wins. After Johnson and Bighorn's win, Halie Allen and Kristin Bighorn, playing as the second doubles group, cruised to a straight-sets (6-1, 6-0) while third doubles of Bartkowski and Nadler-Casimiro also won easily.

The boys had a little more trouble with the Spartans. Hanna fell in the first singles matchup 0-6, 2-6, Finn and Lorton fell 0-6, 2-6 in the first doubles contest, and second doubles of Blunt and Farmer fell 2-6, 2-6. Bothamley was slated as the second singles player while Ricks and Christensen were penciled in as the third doubles group, but those matches weren't played as both Goldendale teams picked up wins by forfeit.

Up next

Goldendale is off until a road meeting with the Zillah Leopards next Tuesday.

 

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