Crook County is making steady improvement as league nears its second go-round

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tessa Romine returna a ball during a recent match.  Romine won her No. 1 singles match on Tuesday against Summit.

The Crook County High School girls tennis team fell to Summit on Tuesday 5-3.
   "We had some girls that kind of had spring break fever or something, but it was close," said Head Coach Lloyd Rodgers. "We could have won it."
   Tessa Romine got the Cowgirls off to a good start, winning the No. 1 singles match defeating Natalia Harrington 6-1, 7-6. Crook County also got wins from their first two doubles teams. Krissi Kemper and Katie Leavitt won the No. 1 doubles match 6-3, 6-1, over Madi Morales and Austin Hill of Summit. Cassie Low and Maggie Trinchieri came from behind to win the No. 2 doubles match in a three set nailbiter 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Alaina Balyeat and Hillary Ross in the most exciting match of the night. With the win, Low and Trinchieri are now 5-0 for the season.
   "Tessa played really well," said Rodgers. "And our first two doubles teams are playing really well."
   Summit won the remaining five matches of the day, but Rodgers noted that freshman Natalie Rich played well in her singles match and actually led most of the first set before falling 7-5, 6-1 to McKenzie Neuman.
   "We are a green team," said Rodgers. "But we are growing with the game. They are actually getting better so we are doing what we normally do and trying to peak at district."
   The tennis team is in action again on Friday when both the boys and girls teams play Hermiston at home. Action starts at 2 p.m. with both the boys and girls No. 1 teams playing first.
   The Crook County tennis team is still in their first round of league play and matches do not count for the league championship until the second time around.
   The Cowgirls have lost three close matches against league teams and are hoping to be able to win some of the close matches when league play starts in earnest next week as both the boys and girls teams take on Madras on Thursday, April 10.
   "We are still early in the ballgame," said Rodgers. "The League championship doesn't start until the second go around."
   Summit 5, Crook County 3
   Singles - Tessa Romine, CC. def. Natalia Harrington, S. 6-1, 7-6. Charlotte Thompson, S. def. Erin Crofcheck, CC. 6-1, 6-1. Camile Grater, S. def Kristi Robinson, CC. 6-2, 6-1 McKenzie Neuman, S. def. Natalie Rich, CC. 7-5, 6-1
   Doubles - Krissi Kemper and Katie Lavitt, CC. def. Madi Morales and Austin Hill, S. 6-3, 6-1. Cassie Low and Maggie Trinchieri, CC. def. Alaina Balyeat and Hillary Ross, S. 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Jess Drakulich and Ress Almquist, S. def. Jessalyn Walter and Chelsea Finnerin, CC. 6-4, 6-3. Rachel Fieldand McKenzie Sundborg, S. def. Cecilie Suhr and Megan Bernard, CC. 6-4, 6-4.
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