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Tigard girls battle McMinnville tough

Tennis: The Grizzlies get the close wins as they score a 6-2 victory in the league tilt
by: DAN BROOD, SMACK IT — Tigard senior Daniella Armi hits a forehand shot in the No. 2 doubles match at McMinnville.

McMINNVILLE - The Tigers came close.

Maybe even closer than the score may indicate.

The Tigard High School girls tennis team battled McMinnville tough in a 6-2 loss in a Pacific Conference match held last Thursday at McMinnville High School.

'The girls are doing fine,' Tigard coach Jenny Verkamp said during the match. 'They all want to improve. They're all looking for ways to improve and they're all asking questions. They just need to keep working hard.'

Tigard, in last Thursday's match, picked up both of its wins in singles play. In the No. 1 singles match, Tiger junior Kelsey Wahl scored a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over McMinnville's Christine Selvy.

Tigard's other victory came at No. 4 singles, where sophomore Sarah Goodman posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Erica Jarmer.

At No. 2 singles, Tigard sophomore Victoria Li was edged 6-3, 7-5 by Kourtney Fjelland. At No. 3 singles McMinnville's Maya McFaddin posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tiger sophomore Christine Lam.

McMinnville swept the four doubles matches, but Tigard looked to be competitive in all four of those matches.

At No. 1 singles, the Tiger team of seniors Jennifer Yang and Sarah Layoun fell 6-4, 6-4 to Gina Carelle and Karen Brooks.

Tigard's senior No. 2 doubles team of Danielle Amri and Sara Amri was edged 6-2, 6-4 by Erin Grinich and Nickie Lunt.

Tigard's No. 3 doubles team of seniors Vicky Levina and Adrianna Tellez pushed McMinnville's Rebecca Noble and Kristan Krieger to three sets before falling 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The No. 4 doubles match saw McMinnville's Erin McCann and Saiyara Refrei score a 7-5, 6-3 win over Tigard's Vicky Uong and Kelley Belair.

The Tigers, on Tuesday, fell 8-0 to Canby. The losses give Tigard a 0-3 mark in league matches.

Tigard was scheduled to host Forest Grove on Wednesday. Results of that match weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday when they host Newberg in a league match starting at 4 p.m.