Tennis girls fall short
Madras High's number one doubles team of Emily Struck and Lindsay Carroll rifled Redmond's Insa Reimeis and Alicia Grover in a non-league girls tennis match, 6-4, 6-3, Monday at Madras.
But Redmond's strong serves and deft shots in other matches pushed the Panthers to a 6-2 victory.
The absence of Katie Wunsch on Monday for Madras resulted in coach Lori Stock pairing Nichole Stovall with Erica Henderson in doubles.
Stovall wound up producing the one singles victory for Madras Monday. She beat Redmond's Afton Winner 8-4 in a one-set match.
The teams agreed to the one set match in singles since Stovall was stepping in for Wunsch. Gone last week to travel, Wunsch had missed enough practice to have to sit out Monday's match but was expected to be playing with Henderson again later this week. Their goal, like the rest of the angels, is to be April 10 and 15 matches at Bend and at Summit that are next up on the White Buffalos' schedule.
After wrapping up the non-district part of the schedule by missing Summit, Madras is scheduled to meet Ontario, at Burns, on April 22, and Sunriver Academy, at Sunriver, on April 26. There will be more teams than just Madras making their way to Sunriver April 26. The private school there at Sunriver is hosting a tournament that will be played on some of the same courts as the district tournament scheduled for May 9 and 10 there.
On Monday Redmond beat everyone except Carroll and Struck plus Stovall. Both Madras winners -- in the Struck-Carroll team plus Stovall -- picked up up points by mixing up their foes.
Keeping their foes off balance was important to both Struck and Carroll, they said.
"If one of them is weaker than the other, you try to hit it at them as much as you can," said Struck.
There is often a side of the court which a player does a little better job of handling and thus tries to stay on and make hits from, the number one Madras team explained.
Gaining position for good returns more often on Monday let Struck and Carroll nearly cruise to the win, just as they had in April 1 match against Mt. View's Amy Smith and Claire Shaney. Madras won that match 6-2, 6-2 on its way to what appeared a 5-3 win, according to the results sheet.
Wins listed for Madras included ones on the singles side by Vannessa Conner, Maria Marcotte and Heather Carmen. When coupled with the win by Carroll and Struck plus Davis and Danzuka on the doubles side, the singles win left Madras ahead.
Natasha Edwards helped the Madras cause by forcing her match at number two singles against Mt. View to three sets but Mt. View swept each of the other doub