LA GRANDE TENNIS DOMINATES UMATILLA
The La Grande tennis boys and girls nearly went undefeated against Umatilla Thursday, honing their skills for the district tournament May 16.
The varsity boys went 5-0 on the day, while the girls went 4-1.
Both the boys' and the girls' No. 1 singles players, Stephanie Keith and Aaron Nebeker, got off to slow starts, but they stormed back to win their matches going away.
Nebeker barely scratched out a win in his first set, having to go to a tiebreaker to win 7-6. He won his second set handily 6-1.
Keith had a similar match. She went to a tiebreaker to win her first set 7-6, then won her second set 6-2.
Coach Mike Schireman thought Bethany Herman played a good match. She got down, losing her first set, but "she was able to stay tough" coming back to win her second and third sets 6-2, 6-2.
Seth Pennington didn't have his usual doubles partner, Matt Nightingale, but in joining up with Brendan Marshall, the duo was still able to win 6-0, 6-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Hilary Girrard and Haily Hines also played a strong match, winning 6-0, 6-1.
"They're looking good," said Schireman.
The district tournament will be held at the Tri-Cities Court Club in Washington. Schireman said these are indoor courts and it will be nice for the La Grande kids to play out of the wind and other elements.
La Grande vs. Umatilla
May 8, 2003
Aaron Nebeker, La Grande def. Brian Eddy, Umatilla 7-6 (7-1), 6-1; Dan Thurber, La Grande, def. Bill Rousten, Umatilla, 6-3, 6-1; Brendan Marshall, La Grande def. Michael Kewald, Umatilla 6-2, 6-0; Mkara Im, La Grande def. Antonio Armenta, Umatilla 8-1.
John Woodfield-Levi Morrison, La Grande, def. Michael Palamino-Chris Hendon 6-2, 6-0; Seth Pennington-Brendan Marshall, La Grande def. Brian Eddy, Chris Hendon, Umatilla 6-0, 6-1; Sean Gregory-Dan Jones, La Grande def. Eric Lougee-Damon Ashbeck, Umatilla 6-1, 6-1; Ian Gregory-Keaton Orton, La Grande def. Eric Lougee-Damon Ashbeck, Umatilla 8-3.
Stephanie Keith, La Grande def. Marlena White 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Casey Bollinger, Umatilla def. Megan Sherer, La Grande 6-4, 6-2; Bethany Herman, La Grande def. Cecilia Varajas, Umatilla 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Tricia Nebeker, La Grande def. Anna Garcialazo, Umatilla 8-0.
Haily Hines-Hilary Girrard, La Grande def. Caitlin Lee-Donna Borden, Umatilla 6-0, 6-1; Jennifer Hubbard-Nikki Nielsen def. April Walker and Ricky Pine, Umatilla 6-0, 6-2; Teresa Kiemnec-Sarah Noyes, La Grande def. Cecilia Varajas-Anna Garcialazo 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.