Tigard is looking to move up the Pacific Conference standings

by: DAN BROOD - BIG BACKHAND -- Junior Courtney Roshak will play at No. 2 singles for the Tigard High School girls tennis team this season. TIGARD — The Tigers are young and they’re learning.

But they’re already experiencing some success.

That has the Tigard High School girls tennis team exciting for the season, and beyond.

The Tigers, with only one senior in the varsity lineup, jumped out to a 2-0 start to its 2013 schedule and they look to carry on their enthusiasm the rest of the season.

“My team is excited to learn and grow with all the experience they are going to get,” Tigard coach Matthew Rubrecht said. “My returners are looking forward to the tough competition that is presented in the league and they are ready for the experience.”

Sophomore Ayumi Mizuno will play at No. 1 singles for the Tigers this year. Last year, Mizuno qualified for the Class 6A state tournament in doubles play.

“She gives us quiet leadership,” Rubrecht said.

Junior Courtney Roshak will be at No. 2 singles. Last year, Roshak reached the second round of the Pacific Conference district tournament in singles play.

Junior Fotini Dorrance will play at No. 3 singles. She also got to the second round at the district tournament last year.

Allison Burke, the only senior on the varsity roster, will play at No. 4 singles. However, because of her duties as the Metro West Rose Festival Princess, her availability throughout the season could be in question.

In doubles play, Tigard will have the team of juniors Carrie Williams and Caroline Tea in the No. 1 spot.

The Tigers’ No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams will consist of combinations of junior Hannah Portwood, junior Alia Tran, junior Kendall Lockwood and junior Alexa Thornton.

The freshman duo of Rebekah Dumestre and Delaney Shea will be at No. 4 doubles.

Freshman Maria Anderson will also see action in the Tigard varsity lineup.

“We also have a great group of athletic freshmen who will be knocking on the varsity door by the end of the season,” Rubrecht said. “They are definitely going to be the future of the program.”

But, for now, it will be the deep group of juniors that could be guiding the Tigers.

“All of the junior class can be looked to for leadership, and we have been having a lot of fun this season,” Rubrecht said. “Fotini Dorrance and Carrie Williams have embraced their role of captain.”

Rubrecht also sees plenty of battles ahead for the Tigers as they continue in Pacific Conference play.

“The league is going to be tough,” he said. “We are going to have a lot of fun this season with the competition and each opponent also presents a new challenge.”

Tigard improved to 3-1 in Pacific Conference play by scoring an 8-0 win over Hillsboro in a league match played Tuesday at Hillsboro High School.

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