Cold can't stop Madras girls' doubles team
On a cold day, of course a doubles team with a McCool would have a good day on the tennis court.
Maria McCool and her partner Ana Reynoso went 2-0 as the Madras fourth doubles team in Saturday's matches against visiting Pendleton and then Hermiston to open Intermountain Conference action.
Pendleton beat the Buffs 6-2 in the morning match. Then state power Hermiston won 7-1 in afternoon action with temperatures barely above 40 degrees all day.
That weather didn't matter for the McCool-Reynoso team. The senior duo started with a 6-0, 7-5 victory against Pendleton. Then a 7-6, 6-2 victory followed against Hermiston.
"I kind of had to convince them they could beat the Hermiston team," said Madras coach Julie Marino of her fourth double team's victory.
The opening set was game-for-game until Hermiston took a 6-5 lead. Then the Buff team went to work, forcing the tiebreaker. McCool-Reynoso won the tiebreaker and kept winning.
"Once they back to force the tiebreaker, they really dominated," Marino said.
Madras had plenty of close matches against Pendleton, including a trio of three-setters in doubles and another in singles.
The Buffs' number one doubles duo of Amanda Goodson and Samantha Blann overcame a first-loss to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Blann was also coming back from illness which kept her out of matches earlier in the week.
"For Sam and Amanda, it was a matter of them finding their confidence," said Marino of the senior team. "About halfway through that first set, they started to gain some confidence."
Another factor in the win, Marino said, was Blann being more aggressive at the net during Goodson's serves.
Madras' second doubles team of Kadie Manion and Paige Jorgensen won the first set against Pendleton (losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-2) while the third team of Andrea Marcotte and Stephanie Stovall won the second set (in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 loss). Third singles player Cassie Drew had her own long match in a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 loss.
"We played really well against Pendleton," Marino said. "There were a lot of fun and even matches, what I expected it to be."
The Buffs continue IMC action by hosting Crook County on Thursday, after hosting Summit on Tuesday, April 8 (played after press time). The Madras girls will host the White Buffalo Invitational on Saturday, April 19 in a revised seven-team format.