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Tennis team falls to Liberty, loses to Sandy, Sherwood

St. Helens will have some highly seeded players at district


The St. Helens Lady Lions couldn’t come up with wins against the top two teams in the league, but did cruise to a win over Liberty in recent action.

“Sherwood really flexed their muscle against our squad for an 8-1 victory,” coach Michael Gregor said. “The match of the night was at No. 1 doubles which went three sets. Lexi Normine/Hanna Opdahl took the veteran team to the limit with a match that was high drama and filled with fantastic shots from both sides.”

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Jo'Cee Giroski returns a shot during recent match with Wilsonville.Despite the loss, the Lions No. 1 team should secure the No. 3 seed in the district tournament.

The Lady Lions completed a season sweep of Liberty last week including straight set wins by Madison Kaplan, Jo’Cee Giroski and the doubles tandem of Hanna Opdahl and Lexi Normine, Gregor noted.

St. Helens had some problems with Sandy. They faced them in their last match and finished off an earlier incomplete match, losing both 6-3.

Coach Gregor said the Sandy team was well coached and prepared and the Lady Lions only wins came in the doubles match-ups. Doubles winners included: Hanna Opdahl and Lexi Normine, Justice Krickeberg and Amanda Pardue; Nikki Spreadborough and Thitika P.

In the make-up, the Pioneers won overall, but the Lady Lions’ number one team of Normine and Opdahl cruised to a win in the No. 1 doubles match.

Recent results:

Sandy 6, St. Helens 3

Singles—Hailey Fischer (Sa) def. Haley Mann-Miller (SH), 6-2, 6-1; Christian Schlaht (Sa) def. 7-5, 6-4; Lindsey Shields (Sa) def. Jo’Cee Giroski (SH), 6-2, 6-2; Taylor Cortane (Sa) def. Lauren Chambers (SH), 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles—Hanna Opdahl/Lexi Normine (SH) def. Krieger/Robertson (Sa), 6-2, 6-4; Justice Krickeberg/Amanda Pardue (SH) def. Thatcher/Kurtz (Sa), 7-5, 6-4; Stuart/Garrett (Sa) def. Taylor Albertson/Hanna Spears (SH), 6-2, 6-3; Nikki Spreadborough/Thitika P. (SH) def Rund/ Knopp (Sa), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3; Eri/Lindsey (Sa) def. Alex Fritz/Jessica January (SH), 6-2, 6-4.

St. Helens 7, Liberty 2

Singles—Haley Mann-Miller (SH) def. Nichols (L), 6-0, 2-6, 6-0;

Madison Kaplan (SH) def. David (L), 6-4, 6-1; Jo’Cee Giroski (SH) def Ganete (L), 6-0, 6-3; Dudeck (L) def. Jessica January (SH), 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7).

Doubles—Hanna Opdahl/ Lexi Normine (SH) def. Russell/Hamilton (L), 6-3, 6-0; Ha/Nguyen (L) def. Amanda Pardue/Justice Krickeberg (SH), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Taylor Albertson/Hanna Spears (SH) def. Maracek/Carling (L), 6-2, 6-1; Nikki Spreadborough/Thitika P. (SH) def. Gardner/Kulik (L), 6-3, 7-6; Alex Fritz/Kathleen Chiddick (SH) def. Laura/Ott (L), 6-0, 6-1.

Sherwood 8, St. Helens 1

Singles—Courtney Mostul (Sh) def. Haley Mann-Miller (SH), 6-2, 6-0

Nancy Nguyen (Sh) def. Madison Kaplan (SH), 6-0, 6-0; Savanna Davis (Sh) def. Jo’Cee Giroski (SH), 6-3, 6-3; Lauren Chambers (SH) def. Taylor Matthews (Sh), 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles— Niebergahl/Mills (Sh) def. Lexi Normine/Hanna Opdahl (SH), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Huntington/Otis (Sh) def. Justice Krickeberg/Amanda Pardue (SH), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; Ng/ Keicher (Sh) def. Taylor Albertson/Hanna Spears (SH), 6-1, 6-2; Kittel/Adams (Sh) def. Nikki Spreadborough/Thitika P. (SH), 6-3, 6-3; Rooney/Marks (Sh) def. Brittany Warnock/Kathleen Chiddick (SH), 6-3, 6-4.