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Beavers make every game count in victory


The Beaverton girls tennis team beats Westview on games

BEAVERTON — There were lessons to be learned, and plenty of them, in the Beaverton girls tennis team’s win over Westview last week.

The final score read “Beaverton 4, Westview 4 (Beaverton wins 80-75 on games),” but the day’s results told both teams much more than that. The Beavers and Wildcats walked away after learning tennis lessons and life lessons about the importance of every set, every game and every point, and the importance of always giving your best.

“When the match comes down to sets and games, every point won is important,” said Beaverton coach Katy Robinson. “Every athlete who won a point, which led to a game won, was critical to the team win.”

“We knew this would be close and that every game would count,” added Westview coach Tom Lefor. “It was tough to be on the losing end, but if we learn from it, it can still be good for us.”

The win, along with a 4-4 (10-8 on sets) loss to Sunset on Monday, left the Beavers in third place in the Metro League at 2-2. Westview, meanwhile, fell to 1-2 in league.

The two teams split the day’s four singles matches, with the Beavers holding the upper hand at first and second singles and the Wildcats carrying the day at Nos. 3-4. At first singles, Beaverton sophomore Sankavi Subbiah stepped up to win most of the match’s key points and knocked off Westview junior Roopa Ramanujam 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, it was Beaverton junior Anna Reutin who raced past Wildcat freshman Anna Mikami by 6-0, 6-3.

One of the keys was that “we had big wins at one and two singles, which earned us a ton of games and didn’t give up many,” Robinson said.

“There were some unforced errors on Roopa’s part, but I told her that she played some great tennis,” Lefor said. “She tried to hit some of her power shots too hard, but she played some of her best tennis of the season.”

Westview nearly matched the Beavers at third and fourth singles, with senior Aileen Gonzalez sweeping Beaverton junior Danielle Hartzog 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3, and sophomore Erika Epperson rolling past Beaverton junior Maung 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4.

The Beavers and Wildcats split again in doubles action, with Westview’s Chewy Xiao and Elizabeth Pham battling past Alyssa Christensen and Tayllor Christensen 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1, and Wildcats Sumana Talakola and Susmitha Rayakota beating Michelle Fahlbusch and Janet Zaltsman 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.

The Beavers won, however, at second and third doubles, with Carolyn Graeper and Emma Kennedy winning in straight sets over Loren Losli and Angela Zhu at No. 3 by 7-5, 6-3, and Beaverton’s Danira Bilanovic and Emily Collins beating Ann Tharappel and Anusha Sanka 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 at No. 4.

“This win will really encourage the girls. We haven’t beaten Westview in quite a few years,” Robinson said. “I hope it motivates them to work even harder during practices and to compete for every single point during matches.”

“It was a great lesson for us,” Lefor added. “It sparked a real discussion about how we practice and focus, and to be inspired for the matches coming up.”