Girls Tennis: Centralia Improves, but Falls to Black Hills

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The Black Hills Wolves got the best of the home Centralia Tigers 4-2 in a girls tennis match in Centralia on Wednesday.

The Tigers played well in the singles matches, winning two of three. Liza Hopkins took the No. 1 match in three sets winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Nora Sas won the No. 3 match in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. Olivia Wiley took the only singles loss in the No. 2 match: 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Black Hills took the upper hand in doubles, winning all in straight sets. Centralia’s best effort came in the No. 2 match as Evie Rooklidge and Serena Stehr fell 7-5, 6-3.

This was the second time meeting a strong Black Hills team and although our play and scores improved, we just weren’t able to pull out a team win,” Tigers coach Debra Keahey said. “Liza had another strong showing in singles going three sets against Janey Do. Janey definitely upped her game since the last time they met, and Liza lifted her game up another level when it counted.

“Olivia Wiley deserves honorable mention because her game definitely shot up a level from the first time we met Black Hills. Although she lost the match, it was tough battle for both players.”

Centralia travels to W.F. West on Friday then has sub-districts Monday and Wednesday with Tuesday left open as a pushback if Monday’s weather is unplayable. Districts are Friday.

Bearcats Blast Bobcats

W.F. West had no trouble dispatching Aberdeen on the road Wednesday, sweeping all three singles and all three doubles matches for a 6-0 victory.

Claire Kuykendall registered a 6-0, 6-1 win in the No. 1 singles match over Aberdeen’s Victoria Judkins. Kaylynne Dowling followed up with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Aberdeens Kiley Ehly in No. 2 singles. Caydence Edminster won the No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1, over Aberdeen’s Zoe Troeh.

“Claire did a really nice job,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. “She served well. She felt she got a little sloppy in the second set, but overall she played well. Caydence stepped up in singles and did a nice job as well.”

On the doubles side, Tianna Jeffries and Stephanie Drummond teamed up to beat Aberdeen’s Madelynn Machowek and Kylie Weiberg, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 1 match.

In No. 2 doubles, Mari Ceesay and Hannah Feaster went to work, defeating Kallie Knutson and Annie Troeh, 6-1, 6-3.

And in No. 3 doubles, Julia Capen and Grace Sells trounced Aberdeen’s duo of Lizabeth Cisneros and Savannah Howell for a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

“All the doubles played well today,” State said. 

W.F. West improves to 4-4-1 and hosts Centralia on Thursday.

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