Close opening matches for Buff boys' tennis
A busy first week gave the Madras boys' tennis team plenty of court time.
The White Buffalos had close matches against Intermountain Conference foes Crook County and Mountain View in nonleague contests. Then Sisters edged Madras in a rescheduled home match Friday.
The Buffs continue meeting IMC foes in preseason play, by traveling to Bend on Thursday in the final match before spring break. Madras concludes its preseason schedule by traveling to The Dalles-Wahtonka on Tuesday, April 1.
"We're looking strong in team skills and team chemistry," Buff coach Margaret Kincaid said. "We showed lots of improvement against Crook County and Mountain View."
Tennis season opened with a 5-3 victory against Crook County on Tuesday, March 11. Madras won all of the doubles matches in straight sets. Josriel Pasikatan's win at fourth singles by a 7-5, 6-2 margin clinched the team victory.
Against Mountain View, each team won four matches. The visiting Cougars prevailed based on the total number of games won 73-61 in the Wednesday home match.
"All of those matches were very competitive," Kincaid said. "We had a lot of long rallies which required strategy."
The first doubles match was an example. Mountain View state veterans Riley Tronson and Ryan Cook won 6-3, 6-2 against the Buff team of Mervyn Garcia and Skyler Sensibaugh.
The new second doubles team of Brian Anderson and Trevor Schongalla won in straight sets.
Schongalla is an import from the baseball team, teaming up with Anderson.
"They have good chemistry and they really complement each other," Kincaid said.
Sisters defeated Madras 5-3 Friday by sweeping the singles matches. The Buffs won the first, third and fourth doubles matches.
Jake Hair and Daniel Serrano recovered from a first-set loss to win the third doubles 4-6, 6-0. 6-1. Josriel and Ezra Pasikatan used a similar pattern to win the fourth doubles 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
The Madras girls team closed out a quieter than expected week by nearly sweeping Sisters.
The Buffs had a close opener at Crook County and inclement weather postponed a match at Mountain View in the second of two nonleague matches.
Madras girls hosts Bend on Thursday to continue the nonleague schedule. The Buffs resume after after spring break by hosting The Dalles-Wahtonka on Tuesday, April 1.
Against Sisters, the Buffs won all of the doubles matches in straight sets.
Kat Green at first singles and Meagan Fine at second singles also won in straight sets.
At Crook County, the hosts won several extended matches in a 5-3 victory. Those decisions included the Cowgirls winning a three setter at second singles and a tiebreaker at third doubles.
Cassi Drew won a 7-5, 6-4 decision at third singles with Rachel Herkshan winning 6-4, 6-3 at fourth singles.
Madras' fourth doubles team of Kali Young and Ana Serrano scored a 7-2 decision in the first-set tiebreaker in a 7-6, 6-4 victory.