TIGER GIRLS NIP FRUITLAND, WHILE BOYS LOSE
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
The La Grande girls tennis team edged Fruitland, Idaho, 3-2 Friday, while the boys lost 4-1.
I think we would have been a lot more competitive, if we had our full (boys) team, La Grande coach Mike Schireman said.
The team was missing the No. 2 doubles team and the No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, he said.
So thats basically everybody from No. 1 had to move up a spot, and thats tough to do, Schireman said. In some cases, we moved up two spots.
Aaron Nebeker had the lone win against Mark Vanwerdurick, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
Nebeker played tough in his first singles varsity match, Schireman said.
No. 1 singles player Levi Morrison fell 6-0, 6-3 to Ben Judson.
The No. 1 doubles team of Greg Schuft and Tyler Lester, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Scott Schaleger and Drew Judson.
For the girls, No. 2 singles player Beth Youngblood defeated Kari Powlas 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles player Megan Sherer beat Sarah Harris, 6-3, 6-4.
The No. 1 doubles team of Karli Nebeker and Shalece Hibbert got the 6-3, 6-1 win over Courtney Hill and Kim Butler.
Teamwise, I thought the girls played well today, Schireman said. Anytime, you can pick up a win like that against a good team, its a good stepping stone.
There were some outstanding matches in the junior varsity doubles competition, he said.
Jennifer Hubbard and Nikki Nielson defeated the No. 2 doubles team of April Terell and Liz Canas 8-6.
Katelin Weaver and Caitlin Schoenfelder came back after losing the first set and won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Samantha Shoup and Tamyra McCury.
La Grande travels to Ontario Tuesday.
La Grande girls 3, Fruitland, Idaho 2
Lauren Surmier, F, def. Haley Hines, 6-3, 6-2.
Beth Youngblood, LG, def. Kari Powlas, 6-1, 6-1.
Megan Sherer, LG, def. Sarah Harris, 6-3, 6-4.
Karli Nebeker and and Shalece Hibbert, LG, def. Courtney Hill and Kim Butler, 6-3, 6-1.
April Terell and Liz Canas, F, def. Hillary Girrard and Courtney Hitchon, 6-2, 7-5.
JV winners Katelin Weaver and Caitlin Schoenfelder (doubles), Jennifer Hubbard and Nikki Nielson (doubles).
Fruitland, Idaho boys 4, La Grande 1
Ben Judson, F, def. Levi Morrison, 6-0, 6-3.
Jared Hensley, F, def. Tim Mollerstrom, 6-1, 6-4.
Aaron Nebeker, LG, def. Mark Vanwerdurick, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
Scott Schaleger and Drew Judson, F, def. Greg Schuft and Tyler Lester, 6-4, 6-3.
Adam Stice and Anthony Jangula, F, def. Dan Jones and Keaton Orton, 6-1, 6-2.