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The South Medford girls tennis team swept in singles action en route to a 6-2 victory over cross-town rival North Medford in a Southwest Conference meet at North Medford High on Tuesday.
Top-seeded Kelsey Bartlett defeated North's No. 1 Taylor Cavanagh, 6-0, 6-0, to lead the way.
In doubles action, the Black Tornado's top pairing of Riley Finnegan and Abi Borg beat Halli Rousell and Rayna Carson, 6-2, 6-1. Vanna Chambers and Nikki Cummings, North's No. 2 squad, held off Brittany Reese and Erin Viera, 6-4, 6-3.
Madelyn Duer and Rachel Forrest bounced back from a second-set loss to top Kayla Sain and Kali Curtis, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in the No. 4 match.
SINGLES — Kelsey Bartlett, SM, d. Taylor Cavanagh, 6-0, 6-0; Haley Steadman, SM, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-3, 6-0; Caroline Eledge, SM, d. Bailey Cohen, 6-1, 6-1; Kealani Creech, SM, d. Anne Miller, 6-0, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Riley Finnegan-Abi Borg, SM, d. Halli Rousell-Rayna Carson, 6-2, 6-1; Vanna Chambers-Nikki Cummings, NM, d. Brittany Reese-Erin Viera, 6-4, 6-3; Catherine Gustafon-Andrea Devries, SM, d. Alexa Inman-Morgan Messer, 6-1, 6-0; Madelyn Duer-Rachel Forrest, NM, d. Kayla Sain-Kali Curtis, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
ASHLAND 5, GRANTS PASS 3 — At Grants Pass, Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Katy Barnard and Elana Cooper rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat Brittany Blacksmith and Maria Palamino, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, and clinch the team win for the Grizzlies.
Ashland's Cass Christopher overcame an early deficit to beat Natasha Matola, 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 3 singles match.
SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Megan Ward, 6-0, 6-0; Anne Kim, A, d. Larissa Silva, 6-3, 6-2; Cass Christopher, A, d. Natasha Matola, 7-5, 6-4; Amanda Solar, GP, d. Emily Haptonstall, 6-0, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Abi Johnson-McKenna Stephenson, 6-1, 6-0; Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, A, d. Brittany Blacksmith-Maria Palamino, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5; Natalie Justema-Hannah Knickenburg, GP, d. Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, 6-3, 6-1; Rachael Berkey-Sara Rezendes, GP, d. Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.