Canby Girls Tennis Splits Three Rivers League Matches

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After one week off with no practice due to spring break, the Canby girls tennis team started out their week with a dominant win of Oregon City. Following that win, the Cougars faced a perennial powerhouse in a matchup that was just as lopsided — but with Canby on the losing end.

In their opening round against the Pioneers, the teams played games of super sets to avoid potential weather. As opposed to the usual best-of-three-sets game, a super set is one singular set to eight, and is often reserved for JV games.

Photos by Tyler Francke.

It didn’t matter what type of set was being played for the Cougars, though. Every Cougar girl — in both singles and doubles — swept their games on Monday. The singles players of Jenna McKennie, Natalie Austen, and Isa Arredondo all were victorious, with McKennie winning the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, the doubles teams of Elsie Rodolph and Christina Young, Belle Raeburn and Haven Tamimi, Kathryn Frentress and Mallory Scott, and Kali Lucas and Laela Wood, all won their games as well.

Unfortunately, the script would flip for Canby’s match against Lakeridge, with the Pacers winning seven sets on the day, while Canby managed one: Rodolph and Young.

Photos by Tyler Francke.

While the Cougars have struggled at times throughout the year, the No. 1 duo of Rodolph and Young has proven to be effective, winning each game.

Frentress and Scott were the next closest finishers, falling 6-4, 6-2 to the No. 3 team of Elani Antonis and Victoria Babistkaya. McKinnie, Austen, Arredondo, and Avery Poe were the singles competitors on the day, with Austen winning the most sets in her 6-2. 6-2 loss.

Raeburn and Tamimi, as well as Lucas and Wood, closed out the varsity starters for the Cougars.

Photos by Tyler Francke.

The following week, in a road Tilt against Tualatin, the girls had a forgettable showing. After pushing back the match one day due to rain, Canby fell to the Timberwolves 8-0.

The closest match of the day was easily the No. 3 double match. Canby’s Wood and Lucas narrowly lost to Tualatin’s Allie Karsseboom and Charlie Peterson, 3-6, 7-6, 11-9 — the dramatic third set headed to several extra points.

Photos by Tyler Francke.

The Cougars now have two league matches on the docket for next week, with Tigard and West Linn the schedule. The Cougars will also host a much older, former league foe in Molalla, playing the Indians on Saturday.

The Cougars will host all three matches. Canby’s first home game, Wednesday against Tigard, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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