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Doubles are no troubles for Sherwood

The Lady Bowmen have won 98 straight league doubles tilts


by: DAN BROOD - NET WORK -- Sherwood High School senior Amy Otis hits a shot during last week's match with St. Helens. Otis and senior Hannah Huntington scored a 6-0, 6-4 victory in doubles play. SHERWOOD — It started last year.

It’s continuing strong this year.

Sherwood High School girls tennis coach Jim Krauel thinks it might be a state record.

Whether it is, or isn’t a record, there’s one thing that certainly can’t be denied — it’s really, really impressive.

And it also must have other tennis players in the Northwest Oregon Conference just shaking their heads.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen just keep winning and winning and winning in doubles play.

The Sherwood girls upped their doubles winning streak to 90 matches, at that point, after they swept all five varsity doubles contests in their 7-2 victory over St. Helens in a NWOC match played last Thursday at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

“I love doubles,” Sherwood senior Hannah Huntington said after she teamed up with senior Amy Otis to score a 6-0, 6-4 win in No. 2 doubles play in last week’s match with St. Helens. “It’s fun to work with someone.”

“I’ve played singles before,” Otis said. “But I like doubles better.”

With the win over St. Helens, the Sherwood girls moved their league-leading NWOC record to 6-0 at that point. Since then, the Lady Bowmen have upped their league record to 8-0 while raising their league doubles winning streak to 98 matches.

The Sherwood girls seem to be reveling in the task of keeping that winning streak going.

“It’s a good pressure,” Huntington said. “It builds our confidence.”

“There’s a competitive environment within the program,” Krauel said in regard to the team’s doubles success. “In other words, it’s a big deal to be the No. 1 doubles team at Sherwood. We also happen to be blessed with some very athletic kids who possess a tremendous work ethic.”

“We all make each other better,” Huntington said. “It’s a fun competition.”

In doubles play this year, Sherwood returns the team of seniors Courtney Mostul and Nancy Nguyen, who placed third at last year’s Class 5A state tournament. The Lady Bowmen also have back the team of seniors Carley Mills and Kelsey Niebergall, who reached the quarterfinal round of last year’s state tourney.

Otis also competed in doubles play at the state tournament a year ago. She and Huntington are looking to reach that goal this year.

“We want to go to state,” Otis said. “We know it’s going to take a lot of practice.”

Huntington and Otis, who, before this year, played together as a doubles team two years ago a the junior varsity level, got off to a strong start in their match against the St. Helens team of Justice Krickeberg and Amanda Pardue.

The Lady Bowmen duo zipped through the first set of the match, winning 6-0.

Things didn’t go as quickly in the second set, but Huntington and Otis were able to close out the 6-0, 6-4 victory.

“It went pretty well,” Otis said after the match. “We were out there having fun. That’s what we try to do.”

“It was a bit of a rough ending, but we pulled it off,” Huntington added.

In No. 1 doubles play, Mills and Niebergall posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over St. Helens’ Hanna Opdahl and Lexi Normine. Mills and Niebergall fell behind 4-2 in the first set of that match, but they came back strong to win 10 of the next 11 games to get the victory.

The Sherwood team of sophomores Sabrina Adams and Megan Kittel scored a 6-0, 6-3 win over the Lions’ team of Nikki Speadborough and Thitika Pratuang in No. 3 doubles play.

At No. 4 doubles, the Lady Bowmen duo of junior Cambria Rooney and freshman Allison Schwarm posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Taylor Albertson and Hanna Spears.

The Sherwood team of sophomore Taylor Wochnick and junior Amy Marks completed the doubles sweep as they bested Jessica January and Alex Fritz 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 5 doubles contest.

Mostul, playing at No. 1 singles in the match with St. Helens, scored a 6-2, 6-4 win over Haley Mann-Miller. At No. 2 singles, Nguyen posted a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Madison Kaplan.

The Sherwood girls were scheduled to have a match at Liberty on Wednesday. Results of that match weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Parkrose in a league match set to start at 4 p.m.




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