Long, long day for Madras tennis
Both the boys and girls ventured to Pendleton and then Hermiston on Saturday for Intermountain Conference matches. Each White Buffalo squad had a close 5-3 loss at Pendleton and then fell 8-0 at Hermiston.
Busy weeks continue for the squads. The girls continue with road matches, traveling to Crook County on Thursday after a Tuesday, April 10, match at Summit (contested after press time). The girls will host a match on Thursday, April 19, against Bend after six consecutive road matches.
The boys host Summit on Tuesday, April 10, and then Crook County on Thursday. The White Buffalo Invite follows Saturday with Sisters, Estacada, Vail, Cascade and North Bend participating.
Each team's top three singles and top two doubles will play a round robin tourney in pro set formats with total victories determining a team champion. Action starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Boys: The Buffs scored a trio of doubles victories, led by the comeback of Skyler Sensibaugh and Mervyn Garcia at first doubles. The Madras team won 6-7, 6-1, 6-1.
"It was a matter of getting their mind set into the game," said Buff coach Margaret Kincaid, noting the team left at 6:15 a.m. "Once they figured out how their opponents were playing, they used a little strategy to take control."
Brian Anderson and Sebastian Baum at third doubles won in straight sets while Rakesh Phillips and Jason Garcia won in a pro set due to time constraints.
Improved communication was a key, Kincaid said, as "they're new to doubles. Communication is one of those things you need to get down in doubles."
Madras started its week with a 5-3 loss to The Dalles, all three victories again in doubles. Sensibaugh-Garcia plus Anderson-Baum won as did the second team of Jonathan Hutchins and Nick Henderson.
Girls: The Buffs scored a pair of singles victories and a third doubles win at Pendleton.
Sandra Stovall allowed just one game in straight sets win at third singles. Meagan Fine won in three sets in 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 scores.
"Meagan is an athlete with high endurance," Madras coach Julie Marino said. "The longer the match goes, the better she is."
The fourth doubles team of Tamera Moody and Kadie Manion used "aggressive play at the net," the coach said to win in straight sets.
On Tuesday, April 3, Madras had a 4-4 decision at The Dalles by sweeping the singles. Addie Estimo at No. 1, Sandra Stovall at No. 2 and Asbury at No. 3 all won in straight sets. Kathaleen Green at No. 4 clinched her three-set victory by a 6-1 score in the deciding set.