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4/17/2013 10:00:00 AM
Chelan tennis loses first league match
Photo by Kacie ThriftShelby Dietrich
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Shelby Dietrich
Photo by Kacie ThriftEli Jenkins
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Eli Jenkins

Kacie Thrift
Assistant Editor


The Chelan boys and girls tennis teams lost their first league matches of the season against Cashmere on April 9, but came back later in the week to beat Pateros. Both teams lost to Omak.
"It was a bittersweet week for the tennis team. We faced two of our toughest league opponents this week, and lost. At the same time, the losses were ridiculously narrow defeats on the boys side, and we had incomplete rosters on the girls side," said Chelan Head Coach Marty Rothlisberger.
The Goats traveled to Cashmere on April 9, undefeated in league only to come back home with their first league loss. The girls team were able to pull out a win in one match for an overall score of 4-1. No. 3 singles player Shelby Dietrich earned the only win of the day for the girls team against Maddy Keller, beating her 6-1, 6-2.
"Our girls team fought hard, but the line-up struggled a bit due to missing the number one singles player Megan Robinson, out with an illness," Rothlisberger said.
Cheyenne Crosse played in the No. 1 singles spot for the Goats and was beat 6-love, 6-love by Kowatsch. Andrea Rainey played in the No. 2 singles spot and was beat 6-1, 6-1. Tess Young and Sarah Kunkel played in the No. 1 doubles spot and lost 6-2, 6-2. Corrin Easley and Kaylie Kronbauer lost 6-4, 6-2 as the No. 2 doubles team.
Rothlisberger said the Chelan and Cashmere boys team were very evenly matched. However, in the end, the goats lost the overall match 3-2.
"It was a heart breaking loss for Chelan, because there were three close matches that could have gone either way," Rothlisberger said. "Cashmere ended up winning two of those three close matches. A few extra points one way or the other, and it could have easily been a 4-1 Chelan win, or a 4-1 Cashmere win."
The two wins of the day came from Dillon Morrison, No. 3 singles player and the No. 2 doubles team, Eli Jenkins and Tanner Hendricks. Morrison defeated Barajas 6-0, 6-3, and the No. 2 doubles team won 7-5, 6-4.
"[Jenkins and Hendricks] was a fun match to watch. Four very athletic players making exciting plays," Rothlisberger said.
No. 1 singles play for Chelan Frank Rosas lost in a close match 6-2, 7-5. Matt Barnes and Bon Malana played in as the No. 1 doubles team and lost 6-0, 6-1. Before the last match of the day the Goats and Bulldogs were tied 2-2. No. 2 singles player Adrien DuBois fought for the win but ended up losing in the deciding match 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).
"It ended up being as close as it gets, with Cashmere winning in a third set tiebreaker," Rothlisberger said.
The Goats hosted the Pateros Billy Goats on April 11. The Chelan girls won in 5-0 shutout and the Chelan boys won 4-1.
Crosse won 6-1, 6-2, rainey won 6-2, 7-5, and Kunkel won 6-1, 6-2.
"Sarah [Kunkel] played the best tennis I've ever seen her play," Rothlisberger said.
Young and Dietrich played in the No. 1 doubles match and won 6-2, 6-0. Allie Schwantes and Kronbauer won 6-0, 6-2 as the No. 2 doubles team.
The only loss of the day came from No. 1 singles player Bon Malana losing 6-1, 6-2. Jenkins played as the No. 2 singles player and won 6-1, 6-1, and Hendricks won 6-4, 6-1.
Both doubles teams (Rosas and DuBois, Morrison and Barnes) won their matches.
"This was a good uobeat win to raise spirits, coming off a tough loss to Cashmere," Rothlisberger said. "The kids were disappointed to lose that close match but also encouraged by how well they competed against a Cashmere team considered one of the best in the state."
On April 13, the teams headed to Omak for another CTL match. The girls team lost their second league match of the season 4-1. The only win for the girls team came from Dietrich who beat Sandoval 6-1, 6-2. Dietrich is undefeated this season.
"The Chelan girls were short-handed again missing two out of their top three players, but competed well," Rothlisberger said.
The boys team lost 3-2. Malana won as the No. 3 singles player 4-6, 6-2, 10-9. Eli Jenkins, the No. 2 singles player, won 6-1, 6-3.
"This was another heartbreaking loss for the Chelan boys, considering Chelan gave ay late-set leads in each of the matches that Omak won," Rothlisberger said. "Credit Omak for fighting back and winning critical points. The Chelan boys played very well to build a lead, but couldn't close out the sets."
The Goats hosted Cascade on April 16, but results were unavailable at press time. The boys and girls tennis teams will host non-league competitor Liberty Bell on April 18.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 682-2213 or editor@lakechelanmirror.com.





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