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Central Catholic girls get past Gophers on tiebreaker


The Rams extend a couple doubles matches to gain the upper hand on Gresham

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Central Catholics Elizabeth Johnson returns a shot during her 6-4, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles Wednesday.The Central Catholic girls tennis team dominated the singles ladder Wednesday to slip past Gresham in a tiebreaker and stay unbeaten early in the Mount Hood Conference season.

The most anticipated match of the day saw Central’s Elizabeth Johnson defeat Gresham’s Jessica Emoto 6-4, 6-3 in a battle between state quarterfinal players from last season.

Johnson gained the upper hand early by breaking serve in the fourth game and never trailing in the first set. Emoto came back to knot the score 4-4, but Johnson won a pair of pressure-packed deuce points to claim the last two games.

She was able to keep Emoto on the move through most of the match, controlling points by working her way to the net.

Johnson faces another tough challenge Monday against Centennial’s Ify Aniefuna — last year’s district runner-up.

The Rams also got straight-set wins from Emily Johnson, Emma Anderson and Erin McGinnis.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Centrals Erin McGinnis prepares to serve during a 6-1, 6-2 win in No. 4 singles that clinched the Rams dual win over Gresham.

The Gophers dominated the doubles side, winning all four tag-team matches in straight sets. However, the Rams were able to extend a few of the sets, winning enough points to build a 73-68 edge in the “games won” tiebreaker which was used to decide the team dual.

Central’s No. 4 duo of Nora Pinder and Anna Puetz supplied the winning games by forcing their Gresham opponents to a second-set tiebreaker in the final match of the day.

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