Sandy style of play perplexing to St. and #8200;Helens squad

The St. Helens High girls' tennis team wasn't quite ready for Sandy's style of play and dropped a 5-3 match in a rare Saturday make-up.

'This was a first time Saturday match for our squad,' Coach Michael Gregor said. 'We did not play well as a team on this day. Sandy learns to play with a lot of slice or under spin on their shots. Sandy has a youth tennis program and the coaches teach them this shot. It is effective against most teams since the typical player learns to hit with driving topspin. Their strategy gave most of our girls fits all day.'

He added, 'Hopefully the next time we meet, they will be more prepared to handle their style of play. Two of our wins took the full three sets as Haley Mann-Miller at No. 3 singles, and Cassie Edwards/Lauren Chambers at No. 2 doubles had all they could handle against their opponents. This match was to essentially determine third place in the league. If we can beat them on Tuesday, it will wind up a tie.'

St. Helens was slated to host Sandy on Tuesday. Friday they travel to Parkrose. District is May 8-9.

Match results:

Sandy 5 St. Helens 3

Singles-Fischer (Sa) def. Madison Kaplan (SH), 6-2, 6-2; Barron (Sa) def. Lauren Boles (SH, 6-3, 6-1; Haley Mann-Miller (SH) def Schladt (Sa), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Shields (Sa) def. Jo'Cee Giroski (SH), 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles-Loren/Wells (Sa) def. Hanna Opdahl/Lexi Normine (SH), 6-3, 6-2; Cassie Edwards/Lauren Chambers (SH) def. Wilson/Kurtz (Sa), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; Kaitlin Pardue/Amanda Pardue (SH) def. Kitchen/Reed (Sa), 6-2, 6-4;

Stuart/Garrett (Sa) def. Thitika Pratuang/Justice Krickeberg (SH), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

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