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ome court advantage in several ways helped the Madras girls' tennis team close out the opening week with a victory.
   The White Buffalos beat Sisters 7-1 Friday thanks in large part to having access to their tennis courts. Sisters is still waiting for the courts at their school to dry off.
   "We're able to go out and practice," Madras coach Julie Marino said. "That was a big benefit we had and Sisters didn't when we played them."
   Sisters was forced to play in their own gym or use a fewer number of courts in town to practice on during the past several weeks.
   The Buffs are back on their own courts Thursday, hosting Bend in a nonleague match against an Intermountain Conference foe. That trend continues after spring break by hosting The Dalles-Wahtonka on Tuesday, April 1.
   Madras started this season with a close opener at Crook County on Tuesday, March 11. Inclement weather then postponed a home match against Mountain View on Wednesday.
   Against Sisters, Kat Green at first singles, Meagan Fine at second and Rachelle Herkshan at third all won in straight sets.
   "Our singles players are looking really good," Marino said. "They're getting their ground strokes down."
   The Buffs swept the doubles in straight sets. Madras entered this season with Amanda Goodson and Sam Blann as the lone intact team.
   "I've been impressed by how cohesive our doubles teams are so early in the season," Marino said.
   The second team of Paige Jorgensen and Kadie Manion plus third team of Stephanie Stovall and Andrea Marcotte plus new fourth team of Ana Reynoso and Mariah McCool all 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 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.
   "We have a lot of players very even in their skill levels, so our lineup could be changing with challenges," the coach said. "That's a good sign."
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