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Change is working out just fine for Tiger girls


Tigard is excelling with singles, doubles switch

by: DAN BROOD - DYNAMIC DUO -- Tigard sophomore Ayumi Mizano (left) and junior Courtney Roshak celebrate after scoring a point in their win over Hillsboro last week.TIGARD — Things change.

Sometimes, things change for the better.

That sure seems to be the case for the Tigard High School girls tennis team.

A change in the line-up for the Tigers has seemingly worked out well, very well, for all of those involved.

The change had sophomore Ayumi Mizuno, who was playing at No. 1 singles, and junior Courtney Roshak, who was at No. 2 singles, teaming up to form Tigard’s new No. 1 doubles duo.

Meanwhile, juniors Carrie Williams and Carolina Tea, who were playing at No. 1 doubles, moved to singles action, with Williams playing at the No. 1 spot.

“It was coach Matt’s idea,” Mizuno said in regard to Tigard coach Matthew Rubrecht during the Tigers’ match with Hillsboro last Thursday. “I thought I was going to play singles all year.”

“I was shocked at first,” Roshak said. “But I was all in.”

The move sure looked to pay off in last week’s match, as Tigard posted an 8-0 win over the Spartans in a Pacific Conference contest held at Tigard High School. With the victory, the Tigers moved to 7-5 in league matches to that point.

In last Thursday’s match, Williams scored a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Hillsboro’s Julia Fischer in the No. 1 singles contest.

“Singles are fun, I really like it,” Williams said after her victory. “There’s a little pressure playing at No. 1 singles, but it’s all right.”

In the match, which was just her second-ever singles contest for the Tigers, Williams cruised through the first set unscathed. She then went up 5-2 in the second set, only to see Fischer cut the margin to 5-4. But, Williams won the next game to wrap up the victory.

“It was a challenge,” Williams said. “But I was able to pull through.”

Mizuno and Roshak also came out on top in last week’s match, as they scored a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hillsboro’s Rachel Karlin and Joann Enos in the No. 1 doubles contest.

“It’s totally fun,” Roshak said of her new doubles team. “I totally love this girl.”

Thursday’s match was just the second that Mizuno and Roshak have played as a doubles team. In their first match, they bested the talented Tualatin duo of Nicole Janes and Bella Koessler, who made it to the quarterfinals of last year’s Class 6A state tournament.

Mizuno also played in doubles competition at last year’s state tourney, teaming with 2012 Tigard graduate Alexandra Tisseur.

“I think it will be a good thing,” Mizuno said of playing doubles again this year.

And Mizuno and Roshak are looking for good things the rest of this season.

“We want to get to state,” Roshak said.

“It will take hard work and focus,” Mizuno said.

“And a lot of practice,” Roshak added.

Also in singles play at last week’s match with Hillsboro, Tea scored a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hillsboro’s Hailey Shelton in the No. 2 singles match.

At No. 3 singles, Tigard’s Fotini Dorrance posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Amy Poehlitz. Maria Anderson completed the singles sweep for the Tigers as she bested Hillsboro’s Alicia DeJesus 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles match.

The Tigard team of Hannah Portwood and Alia Tran scored a 6-0, 6-2 win over Cassity Halvorson and Randa Duvveuri at No. 2 doubles.

At No. 3 doubles, Tigard’s Alexa Thornton and Kendall Lockwood scored a 7-5, 6-4 win over Dominque Woodland and Mary English. In the No. 4 doubles match, the Tiger team of Rebekah Dumestre and Delaney Shea got a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hillsboro’s Erin Sharpio and Rachael Felton.

On Monday, Tigard fell 7-1 at Newberg in a league match.