Central Catholic girls get past Gophers on tiebreaker
The Rams extend a couple doubles matches to gain the upper hand on Gresham
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 Centrals Elizabeth Johnson defeat Greshams 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 Centennials Ify Aniefuna last years district runner-up.
The Rams also got straight-set wins from Emily Johnson, Emma Anderson and Erin McGinnis.
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.
Centrals 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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