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Rosette, Murphy finish second in state

Jesuit girls tennis takes silver in team race


When rainy conditions shifted the 6A girls state championship doubles' tennis match from the outside courts to inside the bubble at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Saturday, Darby Rosette and Sara Murphy were tickled pink.

Instead of challenging the nearly unbeatable Lincoln duo of Allie and Kadie Hueffner in open air, the two Jesuit besties got to play on what Murphy called their “lucky court,” the one the Crusaders had bested opponents on twice in the state quarterfinals and semis. Additionally, Rosette and Murphy thought, the pro-Jesuit crowd inside THTC would make life tough for the Hueffners and help Jesuit heist away a team state championship.

Unfortunately, the Hueffners were soberly too hard-hitting for Jesuit's good fortune to continue as they beat Murphy and Rosette — Metro's runner up at districts in doubles — for the second straight week 6-2, 6-3. As a team, the Jesuit girls took second overall behind Lincoln with 28 points, though the Crusaders beat the Cardinals as a team at districts last week and twice during the regular season.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ  - Jesuit Crusaders Sarah Murphy comes to the net as doubles partner Darby Rosette watches in the 6A girls doubles tennis  championships against Lincoln senior twin sisters, Kadie and Allie Hueffner, at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Murphy and Rosette mixed up their shot selection, competed feistily and stayed in the game mentally, but Lincoln's top doubles' team was overly tough and talented. Still, Murphy said she was pleased in how she and Rosette grappled to the final point. She considered her last match in a Crusader uniform a smashing success. by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ  - Jesuit Crusaders Sarah Murphy comes to the net as doubles partner Darby Rosette watches in the 6A girls doubles tennis  championships against Lincoln senior twin sisters, Kadie and Allie Hueffner, at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

“First place would've been great, but Darby and I played an awesome match, we couldn't have asked for more. It was a fun match to play, definitely a good one to end not only the season but also my senior year on,” said Murphy. “I'd like to think we made them work for it. They had to win that match, it wasn't given to them. I think we played really well, but they're really good.”

The loss notwithstanding, the close friends said they wouldn't trade the past whirlwind month for anything. Rosette, a junior, said she had no idea what their on-court chemistry was going to be like between herself and Murphy when the friends paired up just weeks before districts. Yet, the experience of playing with such a close companion worked out exquisitely.

Their bond shone through when they looked around at all the people watching on the ground level and above the court. Rosette and Murphy blocked out the accompanying distractions, zeroed in on the Hueffners and played their kind of game. It was a mental approach both will take into their future endeavors

“The crowd was really big, and at the beginning, it was a little hard to handle,” said Rosette. "But after the first two games, we took everything out and focused on our court, our match. I was expecting all the fans, all the cheering. I think we played our game. We had our coaches and team right there cheering for us. That's all we can ask for.

“I think that's really important for us, and it's a really good learning experience. We're both planning on playing college tennis, so it's prep for that.”




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