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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Tennis getting stronger as season continues


April 19, 2017

Jaryd Cline

BACKHAND RETURN: Goldendale's No. 1 singles player Isabell Nadler returns a shot against Granger on Tuesday in Goldendale.

It was a busy week for the Goldendale tennis team after returning for spring break.

The Timberwolves were on the road last week for three matches, including a pair of South Central Athletic Conference matches at Naches and Highland.

Last Tuesday the 11th, the Wolves were in Naches where the boys cruised to a 3-0 win over the Rangers while the girls fell 4-1 with the only victory coming from the No. 1 doubles group of Talia Johnson and Kelli Bighorn.

The Timberwolves were back in the Valley two days later in Highland with both teams falling to the Scotties. Goldendale completed its third match in five days with a pair of sweeps on the road against old SCAC West rival White Swan.

On Tuesday, Goldendale returned home to face the Granger Spartans on the court, but most results were unavailable at the time papers had to be sent out at 5 p.m. The Timberwolves opened their season on March 14 with a pair of losses to the Spartans, and that match was the only one so far this season that the boys No. 1 doubles group of Edgar Vega and Ignacio Cano have lost.

However, Vega and Cano continued their recent tear by winning in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) over Granger's No. 1 doubles team and still haven't lost since that first match of the season. The duo, according to assistant coach Jay Foster, has been getting better each week and he wouldn't be surprised if the team earned the No. 1 seed for the sub-district and district tournaments in mid May.

Vega and Cano cruised through last week's matches, winning 6-1, 6-0 against Naches' Manny Cansenco and Tanner Grimshaw before a 6-0, 6-1 victory against White Swan's Elvis and Antonio Lopez. The only test they faced was Highland's Jesse Gonzalez and Oscar Velazquez, where they won in three sets after a 6-0 win in the first set. They dropped the second set 6-4 to the Highland duo, but bounced back and took the third 6-4 and finished the week undefeated.

Johnson and Bighorn, No. 1 doubles, also finished last week undefeated by winning two matches in straight sets while another went the full three. They began the week with a 6-2, 6-3 win last Tuesday over Naches' No. 1 group and topped Highland's Monica Silva and Jacquelyn Diaz in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 three set thriller.

Also against the Scotties, the Goldendale girls No. 2 doubles of Halie Allen and Kylee Beam won in a quick two sets (6-1, 6-2) but No. 3 doubles Tayler Wells and Jenna Bradwell fell 6-1, 6-3. Isabell Nadler and Alyssa Simmons, No. 1 and 2 singles respectively, each fell in two sets to Highland while the both singles on the boys side also fell.

No. 1 singles John Hannah rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win in Highland and Alden Bothamley won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles match as the Wolves swept the Rangers 3-0 on the boys side.

Against the Cougars on Saturday, everyone was a winner for the Wolves. Nadler and Simmons both won their singles matches in straight sets, and every doubles team also won without dropping a set.

Hannah dropped the first set 6-4 to Jesus Cervantes but struck back with a pair of 6-2 wins in the second and third sets for the three set win and Bothamley won in two easy sets 6-0, 6-0. Vega and Cano cruised in No. 1 doubles while Avery Christiansen and Cody Farmer won by forfeit in the No. 2 doubles match.


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