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Tennis team falls to Bend schools

Girls drop close matches to Bend and Mountain View, boys struggle to win sets

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Paul Robideau hits a backhand on Thursday.


   The Crook County High School boys and girls tennis teams lost a pair of matches to Bend schools this week.
   The Bend High Lava Bears were too much for the Crook County High School tennis teams on Tuesday, winning both the boys and girls matches.
   The Bend boys defeated Crook County 5-3 while Bend's girls team won 6-2.
   "We had a real nailbiter type match," said Head Coach Lloyd Rodgers. "The score doesn't reflect really how close it was. We had four three-set matches and Tessa Romine's single match was really a lot closer than it looked. It could have been a tie real easily and then it could have gone our way if everything was clicking right."
   In the girls' match Crook County got victories from their second and third doubles teams. Number two doubles team Maggie Trincheiri and Cassie Low won their match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 over Hannah Pakic and Chloe Knievel. Crook County's No. 3 doubles team Chelsea Finnerin and Jessalyn Walter also won, defeating Haley Stanton and Emi Amaral 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.
   On the boys side the Cowboys got victories from Rolland Halsey at No. 4 singles and from their first two doubles team. Number one doubles team Paul Rodideau and Trevor Brown defeated R.J. Ring and Chris Westfall 6-3, 6-2, while the No. 2 doubles team of Zac Thompson and Joe Oehlschlaeger overpowered Aidan Contrerras and Ren Walkenhorst 6-1, 6-1.
   "I was tickled with the guys," said Rodgers. "The doubles are really coming a long way. Assistant coach Dan Brown has really brought those boys a long way."
   On Thursday Mountain View defeated Crook County, winning the boys match 7-1 and the girls match 5-3. Pierre Blaise was the lone winner for the Cowboys defeating Nolin King 6-0, 6-2.
   The Cowgirls lost another match that could easily have gone either way. Crook County's No. 1 doubles team lost a tiebreaker in the second set and the No. 4 doubles team of Megan Bernard and Hayley Harper lost a close three-set match.
   "It could have gone either way," said Rodgers. If the tides were turned, just a few points here or there and we could have been in the win column, but that's the way it goes."
   Rodgers noted that Romine and Crofcheck again played well.
   "Crofcheck played a terrific match," said Rodgers. "She played a junior that has been playing for the last seven or eight years and gave her a great match. There were a lot of deuce points. She played out of her head."
   Both the boys and girls tennis teams are off now until April, with the girls team playing Summit on April 1, and the boys team not scheduled to play again until they play Madras at home on April 10 starting at 4 p.m.