What was originally supposed to be a home match Wednesday afternoon was bumped to Thursday at Hermiston due to weather — a blessing in disguise, considered a crowded parking lot at the Tsuruta Tennis Courts due to a well-attended Rep. Greg Walden town hall. But the change in date and venue failed to disrupt the Eagles, who grabbed another win over a league opponent, grinding out a 5-3 victory over the Bulldogs.
Head Coach Jon Hiatt said the team “played an inspired match,” which was a “big win” for HRV as they headed into a Tuesday road match against The Dalles (results not available at press time).
Once again, the Eagles got most of their wins in one-on-one competition, with HRV sweeping the singles rounds. Sawyer Bogard had the most dominant match for HRV, nearly shutting out Jason Morris in the No. 1 match (6-0, 6-1). Simon Harsanyi defeated Koby Grigg, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 2 match, while Carson Schutt defeated Hayden Cissna by a score of 6-4 in both sets of what was a tight No. 3 singles match. Chris Riviello rounded out the sweep with a commanding 6-1 victory in both sets of the No. 4 singles match.
Doubles competition was a different story, but the Eagles weren’t pushovers in any of their matches. Adam and Luke Harter lost to McCullough/Wicks, 3-6, in both sets of the No. 1 match. Arnulfo Perez and Jay Fiedler lost to Jorgenson/Mendoze in a three-set match in the No. 2 position (7-5, 2-6, 4-6), as did the duo of Nash Levy and Reece Carroll to Garcia/Eckhardt (6-4, 1-6, 5-7) in the No. 3 match. With HRV needing a win in the No. 4 match, Ben Fick and John Hunter pulled it out, defeating Zapeda/Muniz 6-3, 6-1.
Girls place middle of the pack at Madras tourney
The girls team traveled to Madras over the weekend for a tournament and placed four out of eight teams from all over Oregon. Schools could only bring their No. 1 and 2 singles and doubles teams, and matches were played in a best-of-seven game series, which Head Coach Erin Mason said was unusual and challenging, due to the faster pace of play.
No. 1 singles Montsie Garrido was still recovering from an arm injury (Mason thanked Garrido and her family for traveling to the match despite not playing), which meant Nikki Paulus was bumped to the two spot. Paulus rose to the occasion, going 4-3 and placing four in the division. Yasmeen Ziada made a huge leap from No. 4 to No. 2 and ended the tourney with a 3-4 record.
America and Crystal Flores “had a rough day with some tough doubles teams,” but Bianca Badillo and Claire Oswald had a stellar time in Madras, going 6-2 to take second place in their division and win a medal.
“I think for the girls that attended this tourney, it only builds their confidence as we move into the season deeper,” Mason noted.
The girls were back to dual play Tuesday with a home match at 4 p.m. against The Dalles (results not available at press time).