By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team beat McKay High School 5-3 and lost to South Salem 6-2 last week.
The frustration, if there was any to be had, for Head Coach Mark Kohley was that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in play between the two matches.
“We played the same way in both matches, it was just opponents of different skill,” Kohley said. “The good thing is that no one is slacking. Everyone is trying their hardest and playing as best they can.”
The Lady Celts picked up two wins in singles and three wins in doubles competition with the Royal Scots. Sandy Childress won in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Rachel Morrow won in consecutive 6-0 sets. In doubles, Katie Stignei and Megan Thompson won in sets of 6-1 and 6-0; Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge won in sets of 6-0 and 6-1; and Taslima Sidhu and Katherine Patterson won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4.
“Last week, we got closer to the line-up we’re going to have for the rest of the season,” Kohley said. “There will be some minor adjustments this week and, I hope, some improvement in the way we play doubles.”
The South Salem match saw some of the team’s top talent stumble. Childress lost her first match of the season to Lady Saxon Courtney Hammagren in sets of 0-6 and 1-6.
“Long points and a couple of deuces that didn’t go our way were the reason,” Kohley said.
The Saxons swept singles matches, but Neads and Trowbridge picked up a win in doubles with set scores of 6-3 and 6-4. Izzy Peña-Venegas and Celena Camacho took a doubles win with set scores of 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2).