Girls tennis takes league title

Eagles defeat Pendleton 7-1, going to districts


THE HRV GIRLS TENNIS TEAM gives the “No. 1” sign after defeating Pendleton Monday to finish first out of the four Columbia River Conference teams.

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THE HRV GIRLS TENNIS TEAM gives the “No. 1” sign after defeating Pendleton Monday to finish first out of the four Columbia River Conference teams.



Wrapping up what has been a standout season for the HRV girls tennis team, the Eagles took home the Columbia River Conference title, defeating the Buckaroos 7-1 Monday evening in Pendleton. The Eagles finished the season 5-1 against CRC teams and 10-3 overall (note: technically, HRV tennis teams play in Special District 1 with Mountain View, Bend, and Summit, but as they do not play those teams in non-tournament duals during the regular season, and since HRV plays every CRC team twice, coaches keep track of how they finish in the conference for an honorary, but not official title).

HRV finished the season 5-1 against CRC opponents and 10-3 overall for one of the best seasons in years. The Eagles defeated the Bucks 7-1 in their previous meeting and expected a similar result Monday.

“The girls were very happy, and they should have been. They played great all season… as a coach, it is satisfying to set out a goal for the season and accomplish it,” said Erin Mason, who is in his first season as head coach for HRV. “But none of this would have been possible without great players and an amazing support staff in parents. I personally want to thank Carlos and Maria Garrido for their amazing support of the team and myself. They were at every game and tournament, providing snacks and transportation for students and this was a huge help. I also want to thank Kim Wetherell and Jenny Vagelienti for their help as well.”

Overall, the girls won 76 of 97 matches this season, according to Mason’s calculations, and will be hoping to carry that strong play to the district tournament that runs Friday and Saturday in Hermiston. Competition is fierce, with only the top four finishers in singles and doubles play advancing to the state competition May 18-20 in Portland.

HRV 6 at Pendleton 2

Singles

No. 1: Jenna Senters, PHS, def. Montsie Garrido, HRV 6-2, 6-3

No. 2: Nikki Paulus, HRV, def. Bradley Brown, PHS, 6-1, 6-1

No. 3: Kirby Joseph, HRV, def. Denae Smith, PHS, 6-1, 7-6

No. 4: Ruby Dosier, HRV, def. Becca Walker, PHS, 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1: America and Crystal Flores, HRV, def. Jessie Patterson and Maureen Davies, PHS, 6-2, 6-1

No. 2: Bianca Badillo and Claire Oswald, HRV, def. Abby Williams and Bethany Flanagan, PHS, 6-4, 6-1

No. 3: Brooke Lapp and Kayla Walker, PHS, def. Sally Evans and Kali Wetherell, HRV, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9

No. 4: Alivea Harsanyi and Kayla Green, HRV, def. Emma Florence and Maggie Scanlin, PHS, 6-2, 6-0



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