Close matches for MHS tennis teams
- Gary Lindberg
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
For the second time in a week, the Madras boys' tennis team found itself tied at 4-4 in a nonleague match. So, the White Buffalos had to go to a tiebreaker to decide a winner.
Unfortunately, the opponent again was the winner. Bend defeated visiting Madras in a Thursday match based on sets won. The Lava Bears had a 10-8 advantage in the contest with Bend winning all the singles matches and Madras all the doubles action.
The difference was the Lava Bears taking middle-set tiebreakers in the third and fourth doubles matches. The Buffs' No. 1 doubles team of Mervyn Garcia and Skyler Sensibaugh won 6-4, 6-4. The second doubles squad of Brian Anderson and Trevor Schongalla earned a 6-1, 6-3 score.
Earlier last week, Summit scored an 8-0 victory against Madras on Tuesday, March 18.
Storm state veterans Josh Guyer and Tyler Walsh at first doubles had to work for a three-set victory against Sensibaugh and Garcia by 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 scores.
The Buffs have spring break off, resuming action on Tuesday at The Dalles-Wahtonka in the final nonleague match.
Intermountain Conference play begins Saturday, April 5 by hosting Pendleton and Hermiston.
A point here and a point there added up to Bend scoring a 7-1 victory against the host Buffs on Thursday.
Madras did score a dramatic victory at third singles by Cassie Drew. The junior won 6-3, 7-6 with a 7-5 advantage in the tiebreaker.
Bend edged out a first doubles win by a 6-2, 7-5 margin against Amanda Goodson and Samantha Blann.
Earlier in the week, Summit beat the Buffs 8-0 with straight set victories in each match.
Madras resumes play by hosting The Dalles-Wahtonka on Tuesday in the final nonleague match. Intermountain Conference action resumes with a home doubleheader against Pendleton and Hermiston on Saturday, April 5.