Rain reprieve for tennis Doubles lead MHS girls
Shuffling the lineup gave the Madras girls' tennis team a boost at its own invitational tourney Saturday.
The White Buffalos finished third in the five-team event in what Madras coach Julie Marino called "a very even tournament."
"Some years, one team dominates but not Saturday," Marino said.
Hood River, a 6A school, won the tourney with 157 points in scoring based on the number of games won. Estacada finished second with 148 and Madras had 129.
The doubles teams led the way for the Buffs. Both the revamped No. 2 team of Paige Jorgensen and Addie Estimo along with the No. 3 team of Tamera Moody and Kadie Manion had the best overall records in their divisions. The tourney used a pro-set format.
For Estimo, it was a shift from playing first singles. She switched with Kat Green who was Jorgensen's former partner.
"Since this was nonleague, it was a chance to make the switch," Marino said. "So far, it's a good switch and could be permanent."
The Jorgensen-Estimo duo had a 32-6 record, winning all four matches. The record earned the team silver medals.
The Moody-Manion duo earned bronze medals for a 14-9 record. Neither Sisters nor Klamath Falls had third doubles teams.
"That team is a nice mix of players," Marino said. "Tamera is a very aggressive player."
Madras' first doubles team of Amanda Goodson and Samantha Blann had three close matches in going 26-25. That included an 8-6 win against Estacada, giving that team its only loss.
"They've had so many close matches this season," Marino said. "Winning three close ones should help them the rest of this season."
In singles, Chelsey Asbury went 2-2 in her first action in a week due to shin splints. Asbury earned a win in a tiebreaker against Klamath Falls (7-3).
"I had a relief player ready in case Chelsey couldn't go," the coach said. "She was able to finish up all her matches."
At No. 3 singles, Meagan Fine also won a tiebreaker against Klamath Falls while going 2-2.
A big factor in the success, Marino said, was the players being prepared to play. The tourney started at 9 a.m. with a break due to rain and finished up at 4 p.m.
"They all knew what the format was and did a great job of being ready to go when their matches started," Marino said. "Everyone played well."
Some put in extra work, manning squeegees to help dry off the courts after the morning rain storm.
On Thursday, Bend defeated Madras 6-2 in an Intermountain Conference match. Both of Madras' wins came in doubles -- by the Manion and Moody in the No. 3 slot plus Ana Reynolds and Maria McCool at No. 4.
Bend scored a 7-1 victory against the visiting Buffs on Thursday.
Madras' first doubles squad of Skyler Sensibaugh and Mervyn Garcia earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
Two other doubles' matches were close. At the third spot, Brian Anderson and Sebastian Baum played three sets. Daniel Bueno and Daniel Serrano nearly played a third set by forcing a tiebreaker.