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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Girls drop first match of season Tuesday in Naches, sweep White Swan on Monday


April 11, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Alyssa Simmons serves during her No. 1 singles match against White Swan's Jayenell Lee on Monday. Simmons cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win.

Goldendale tennis returned from the break and immediately was back on the courts, but didn't skip a beat in a nonleague matchup with the White Swan Cougars on Monday in Goldendale.

The girls remained unbeaten as a team after all five (two singles and three doubles) teams cruised to victories while the boys picked up the nonconference win as well after a 4-1 afternoon.

However, the Naches Rangers halted the girls' win streak with some strong singles play on Tuesday in Naches.

First doubles and last year's state tournament team of senior Talia Johnson and junior Kelli Bighorn knocked off the Rangers' top doubles team 6-0, 6-3, and second singles of Kristin Bighorn and Halie Allen won 6-1, 6-1. But those were the only wins the Wolves would pick up against the Rangers.

Third doubles of Ashley Bartkowski and Isabell Nadler-Casimiro fell 4-6, 3-6, while both first and second singles of Kylee Beam (1-6, 2-6) and Alyssa Simmons (0-6, 4-6) fell in straight sets.

William Finn and Hayden Lorton bounced back from a tough three-set loss against White Swan with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the first doubles slot and Goldendale's third singles team on Tuesday of Jeremiah Ricks and Justin Grove held on to win in three sets.

Alden Bothamley at first singles and Cody Farmer at second singles both dropped decisions in straight sets, and second doubles of Mark Blunt and Avery Christiansen also fell in two sets.

White Swan

Johnson and Kelli Bighorn paved the way for the Goldendale sweep against White Swan without dropping a point in their 6-0, 6-0 win over Maria Torres and Jocelin Guerrero, and all other girls teams won their matches in straight sets as well.

Kristin Bighorn and Allen combined for No. 2 doubles for their third match in a row, and won their third match in a row easily with the 6-2, 6-1 decision. They haven't allowed an opponent to score more than two points in any set so far this season when they play doubles together.

Bartkowski and Nadler-Casimiro also breezed through their No. 3 doubles match at 6-1, 6-1 and remain undefeated at 3-0 when they combine to form a doubles team.

Alyssa Simmons won in her first singles match 6-0, 6-2, while second singles Beam won by forfeit without stepping on the court.

William Finn and Hayden Lorton were locked in a tough battle with Elvis Lopez and Cameron Garcia after splitting their two first sets (6-3, 3-6) of the No. 1 doubles match, but the road team hung on for a 7-6, tiebreaking win in the third set.

Jaryd Cline

Senior William Finn returns the ball during the first singles match on Monday. Finn and Hayden Lorton fell in a closely contested match that where the Cougars captured the deciding third-set tiebreaker. Finn and Lorton rebounded for a straight-sets win on Tuesday in Naches.

All the other Goldendale teams were able to come out on top though as the boys won as a team for the first time this season.

John Hanna (6-1, 6-1) and Alden Bothamley (6-0, 6-2) cruised past the Cougars in their first and second singles matches, respectively, and No. 2 doubles of Mark Blunt and Cody Farmer also won in straight sets. Third boys doubles of Jeremiah Ricks and Avery Christiansen won via forfeit.

The Timberwolves were back at it on Tuesday for a South Central Athletic Conference West matchup with the Naches Rangers, but results weren't available at press time.

Up next

The Timberwolves host the Highland Scotties on Thursday starting at 3:30 p.m. and are back on the road on April 17 at Granger.


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