Black Tornado down Grants Pass, 6-3
GRANTS PASS-- Southern Oregon Conference boys tennis favorite North Medford is backing up to its billing with its performance on the court.
North followed up a 9-0 drubbing of Roseburg on Thursday with a 6-3 SOC victory Saturday against Grants Pass.
We're pretty happy with our last two matches, said North Medford first-year coach Ray Odor. We're playing well as a team. Guys are understanding their roles. It's nice we have players that are good in both singles and doubles. It gives us a more well-rounded team.
North's Jon Endrikat kept his SOC singles record unblemished at 7-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Levi Brown. In doing so, Endrikat moved one step closer to securing the SOC No. — seed at the district tournament.
Jon is a strong, strong tennis player, Grants Pass coach Marty Zottola said. He's very disciplined. He's confident enough to be patient for a winner and he knows when to take it.
The Black Tornado received season-best performances from Richard Louie in No. — singles and from its No. — doubles team of Jeremy Leever and Brock Jonasson.
Louie dispatched Jameson Zottola, 6-1, 6-0, while Leever and Jonasson outplayed Tom Cohen and Paul Dickerson in a pivotal doubles matchup for district seeding.
The Leever-Jonasson 6-4, 6-1 victory gives the North team the inside track for the No. 2 seed at district.
Cohen and Dickerson were in the first set and I thought they still had a chance to win, said Zottola. They (Leever-Jonasson) got stronger as the match went on. They never gave our guys a chance to get into it.
North Medford (7-1 SOC) will attempt to avenge its only conference loss of the season Wednesday with a road match against Ashland at Hunter Park.
SINGLES-- Jon Endrikat, NM, d. Levi Brown, 6-1, 6-2; Mladen Sokanovic, GP, d. Dru Philips, 6-2, 6-2; Richard Louie, NM, d. Jameson Zottola, 6-1, 6-0; Clint Russell, NM, d. Nick Fahey, 6-2, 6-4; David Heyerman, NM, d. Andrew Wahl, 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3.
EXHIBITION SINGLES-- Matt Rahn, GP, d. Zach Geroux, 8-4.
DOUBLES-- Jeremy Leever-Brock Jonasson, NM, d. Tom Cohen-Paul Dickerson, 6-4, 6-1; Joe Loomis-Derek Kellenbeck, GP, d. Andrew Threen-David Mostue, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; Matt Durbin-Charlie Strickler, GP, d. Colin Olson-Colin McNamara, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Tyler Anno-Pete Oliver, NM, d. Sam Newman-Brendan-Toch, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, GRANTS PASS 2-- At District Courts, North Medford remained unscathed on the season as the top four singles players didn't allow a point in gusty conditions.
The Black Tornado improved to 9-0 despite playing its first match under windy conditions this season.
Jenny Brown, Leslie Schultz, Annie Chaney and Tabitha Grytness each paved the way in singles competition for North with love wins in each of their matches.
SINGLES-- Jenny Brown, NM, d. Armida Guerro, 6-0, 6-0; Leslie Schultz, NM, d. Heather Garese, 6-0, 6-0; Annie Chaney, NM, d. Sarah Kirkman, 6-0, 6-0; Tabitha Grytness, NM, d. Milli Wilkinson, 6-0, 6-0; Kelsey Versteeg, NM, d. Supattra Potipith, 6-4, 6-2.
DOUBLES-- Christina Pierce-Megan Moon, GP, d. Shannon Leever-April Louie, 6-4, 6-4; Rebekah Murphy-Alicia Del Rosso, NM, d. Jeanette Perry-Ellie Cook, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; Tiffany Vogel-Keri Brooks, GP, d. Melissa Whitten-Beth Alston, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; Kaysi Staller-Lorie Brown, NM, d. Kelly Hamlyn-Beth Wessels, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.