The Sherwood girls tennis program is staying strong

by: DAN BROOD - FOREHAND SMASH -- Sherwood sophomore Allison Schwarm hits a shot during her No. 1 singles in in last week's match at Parkrose. PARKROSE — The Sherwood High School girls tennis team graduated 12 standout seniors from last year’s powerhouse squad.

Throw in a new head coach, and there seemed to be plenty of question marks surrounding the Lady Bowmen in the 2014 season.

Well, the Sherwood girls seemed to be answering those questions — yes, the Lady Bowmen are still pretty darn strong.

They showed their strength at Parkrose last week, rolling to an 8-1 win over the Broncos in a Northwest Oregon Conference match played April 30 at Parkrose High School.

With that win, along with a 7-2 home victory over St. Helens on Tuesday, the Lady Bowmen improved to 9-2 in NWOC play.

“We’re doing better than I expected,” said Sherwood sophomore Allison Schwarm, who is one of the few varsity returnees for the Lady Bowmen. “The Sherwood program will always be strong. I think the new varsity members appreciate that, and they’re doing great. I’m really proud of everyone.”

“We’ve got basically a whole new team this year,” Sherwood senior Cambria Rooney said. “But we’re still competitive. That’s nice.”

Schwarm, who played doubles for most of her freshman year before qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament in singles play, has shined at No. 1 singles for the Lady Bowmen this year.

“It’s a little different, because I haven’t played singles all that much,” she said. “But I’m liking it a lot.”

In last week’s match at Parkrose, Schwarm dropped the second game of her No. 1 singles match to Parkrose junior Han Nguyen. But Schwarm rebounded in a big way, winning the final 11 games to get a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

“I was a little shaky in the beginning,” Schwarm said. “But, then, I figured out her style and tried to play against that. It went well. I used my forehand. That’s my strength.”by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR STARS -- Seniors Amy Marks (left) and Cambria Rooney have shined in No. 1 doubles play for the Lady Bowmen.

At No. 2 singles, Sherwood sophomore Erica Lee got a 6-1, 6-1 win over Parkrose senior Thi-Hoang Luu. Sherwood’s other win in singles play came from freshman Allison Marti, who got a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Graciella Eufragio in the No. 4 singles contest.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Rooney and Amy Marks, the only two seniors on the Sherwood roster, teamed up to get a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 win over Parkrose’s Audrey Tzeo and Kathy To.

“We kind of let our emotions get to us,” Marks said. “We get mad easy.”

In the first set of the No. 1 doubles match, Marks and Rooney trailed by scores of 3-2 and 4-3 before winning the final three games of the set to get a 6-4 victory.

Nearly the opposite happened in the second set. The Sherwood duo sprinted out to a 4-2 lead only to watch Tzeo and To rally to tie the score at 6-6, sending the set to a tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker, Marks and Rooney had a match point, leading 6-5, but the Parkrose team scored three straight points to win the tie-breaker 8-6, sending the match into a decisive third set.

In the final set, the determined team of Marks and Rooney wasn’t going to be denied. The Lady Bowmen duo won the first three games of the set on their way to getting a 6-2 victory.

“That last game felt good,” Rooney said.

The Sherwood seniors also have high hopes for the rest of the season, including the NWOC district tournament.

“I want to win it,” Rooney said with a smile. “We want to do well.”

Sherwood certainly did well in doubles competition at last week’s match at Parkrose, sweeping the five matches.

At No. 2 doubles, the Sherwood team of juniors Megan Kittle and Sabrina Adams got a 6-0, 6-3 win. Lady Bowmen sophomores Maris Whitley and Tiffani Williams got a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.

At No. 4 doubles, Sherwood junior Anna Fechter and sophomore Meghan Howard got a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Monica Chao and Jeanette Pham and, at No. 5 doubles, the Lady Bowmen team of sophomores Danyel Meserve and Allison Clark posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kayleen Saechao and Michelle Vo.

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