For one player, it will be her final competition as part of the Crook County High School tennis team. For another, it will be an opportunity to gain state experience to help establish the future of Cowgirl tennis.
>CCHS doubles pair of Amy Piepenbrink and Megan Rodgers and Amy Piepenbrink could bring home a state championship to Prineville
Together, they will aim for a state title beginning Friday morning at Tulatin Hills.
Crook County senior Amy Piepenbrink and sophomore Megan Rodgers will compete in the 2001 Class 4A state tennis doubles tournament, beginning Friday morning at 8 a.m. The pair will face off against Carolina Puk and Lindsay Adams of West Linn.
"They just need to play their game," said CCHS head coach Dave Mascall. "They're primed and ready to go."
The two athletes have practiced in the early morning at times this week, to help them get accustomed to their Friday morning matchup. Round two will be held at 12 noon the same day, while quarterfinals will be held at 3:15 p.m.
If the pair makes it all the way to the semi-final matchup, they might face No. 2 seed Candace Lee and Lind Newton of Churchill 9 a.m. Saturday. The finals matchup will be played Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"I just want to go out there and play my best," Rodgers said. "I know that if I hold back on anything, we won't go very far."
The pair has experience at the state level. Rodgers played singles last year at state, while Piepenbrink played doubles. As a duo, the IMC champions haven't gone more than two sets with any team, finishing the season undefeated. For Piepenbrink, she isn't about to get distracted by thinking about the prominence revolving around the state meet.
"This year, I'm not going to make it more than it needs to be," she explained. "It won't be any different when I step on the court at state than anywhere else I've played. It's going to be about the game, it's not going to be about being there."