Jesuits tennis team wins three of four singles matches on Tuesday

PORTLAND — Jesuit just flat got it done.

The Jesuit girls tennis team, facing Lincoln in Metro League action at Washington Park on Tuesday, made sure that the first 2013 match-up between the 2012 Class 6A state co-champions went their way.

The Crusaders won three of the day's four singles matches, split the four doubles battles and walked away with a 5-3 decision over the Cardinals. The win lifted Jesuit's Metro League record to 7-0 and gave them sole possession of first place, while Lincoln fell to 5-1and second place in league.

“It was a very exciting win for us,” said Jesuit coach Kirsten Ruchaber. “I am proud of all of our girls for working hard and supporting each other.”

It wasn't easy, though. The Crusaders led just 4-3 while the second singles match between Jesuit freshman Bess Waldram and Lincoln senior Arianna Fardanesh — a two-time Class 6A singles runner-up — raged on. In the end, Waldram won that last battle by a 7-5, 7-5 margin to finish off her team's victory.

“It was intense at the end when the only match left was Bess and Arianna,” Ruchaber said. But “Bess kept her composure and closed it out for us to take the win 5-3.”

In the day's other singles matches, Jesuit junior Erin Larner rolled past Cam Kincaid 6-0, 6-4 at first singles, Lincoln's Taylor Rees beat Crusader junior Darby Rosette in three sets 6-0, 6-3, 6-3 at third singles, and Jesuit sophomore Nicole Fouts swept past Lincoln's Nowaal Iman 6-1, 6-0 at fourth singles.

In doubles, Lincoln held the upper hand in the first and second matches, winning both in straight sets, while Jesuit answered with straight-set victories at No. 3 and No. 4.

At first doubles, Lincoln's Allie Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner — the reigning 6A state champs — dropped Sarah Murphy and Meghana Rao 6-1, 6-2. In the second doubles match, Cardinals Sarah Shattuck and Lilli Wheary edged Katherine Benedict and Maddy Sandquist of Jesuit 6-1, 7-5.

Jesuit's Lea Campbell and Laurel Nee turned the tables at third doubles by beating Rachael Farrier and Sandra Hong 6-2, 6-0. And at fourth doubles, Jesuit's Isabel Muench and Nicole Peterson drilled Kaylan Zaman and Cara Scalpone by 6-3, 6-0.

The two teams are scheduled to meet again at Jesuit at 4:30 p.m. April 30.

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