Lady Celt Delaney Engle returns a volley during a match earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a loss and win. The team was prepping for district competition this week.

Head Coach Mark Kohley had high hopes for two of the Celts doubles teams and singles player Sandy Childress, a freshman.

“Delany Engle and Allison McGregor and Jenny and Allie Labrousse have the potential to win against just about any team in the league if they get on a run, but it will be exciting to see if they get the chance to face the league’s top teams again,” Kohley said. “Regardless, they’ll have the chance to win two or three matches.”

Childress faced one of the league’s top talents in West Salem’s Amy Lin last week for the first time and Kohley is hoping for a rematch at some point in the district tournament.

“Every time Sandy’s played someone twice, she’s gotten better. She got got three games off of Amy, which is more than most players do,” he said.

Childress lost the match in scores of 6-1 and 6-2 and McNary took an overall loss of 5-3 in the contest.

McNary had to shuffle its line-up in singles competition due to illness which helped the Titans sweep singles play, but Lexi Price and Taslima Sidhu took a number of points off their opponents. Price lost in two sets of 6-4 while Sidhu battled to scores of 7-6 and 6-2.

The Celts fared better in doubles competition with the Labrousse twins winning in sets of 6-3, 0-6 and 6-2; Jill Jungwirth and Kate Janssen winning in consecutive 6-1 sets; and Megan Thompson and Mackenzie Melendy picking up a win in sets of 6-2 and 6-3.

“[Mackenzie] and I communicated a lot and that’s something we’ve been working on,” Thompson said.

The Celts trounced McKay High School 8-0 in their final contest of Central Valley Conference play Wednesday, May 2.

Childress won in consecutive 6-0 sets; Katie Stignei won in sets of 6-2 and 6-1; Price won in 6-1 sets; McGregor and Engle won in 6-1 sets; the twins won in sets of 6-3 and 6-0; Jungwirth and Janssen blanked their opponents 6-0 and 6-0; and Sidhu and Rachel Morrow won in sets of 6-1 and 6-0.

As far as district competition was concerned, Thompson said focus would be key for the Celts.

“We have to get in the mindset of playing the point and don’t underestimate our opponents,” she said.

Boys Tennis

The Celtic boys varsity tennis team reversed the outcomes in their matches with the Titans and Royal Scots.

Trevor Braun was the only McNary player to notch a win in the McKay match. He beat the Royal Scots’ Jorge Garibay in sets of 6-0 and 6-4.

Jacob Cordie battled his way to a 7-5 first set loss to Duc Nguyen, and lost the second set 6-1. In doubles, Colton Baker and Joaquin Bell-Uribe duked it out in a 7-6 first set loss and faltered 6-0 in the second set.

In the match with West Salem, McNary swept singles competition and lost only one match in doubles for a 7-1 victory.

In singles: Braun won in sets of 6-0 and 6-3; Aaron Wenning won in sets of 6-4 and 6-0; Cordie won in sets of 6-2 and 6-1; and Ross Morrow won in sets of 6-2 and 6-1.

In doubles: Baker and Bell-Uribe won in sets of 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6; Blake Swearingen and D.J. Hatfield won in sets of 6-1 and 6-3; and Caleb Legg and Zach Staley won by forfeit.