Grizz, Indians tie for girls tennis crown
Black Tornado doubles teams go 1-2
ASHLAND ' As expected, the Southern Oregon Conference district tennis tournament was oh-so-close.
Ashland and Roseburg fought to a 32-32 tie to emerge as co-champions Saturday at Hunter Park. In their rearview mirror were North Medford and Grants Pass, with 29 and 28 points, respectively.
Top-seeded Ruth Lopez of Grants Pass defeated third-seeded Stacy Wetmore of Roseburg 6-4, 6-1 for the singles title.
In doubles play, top-seeded McKenzie Hilmer and Lauren Wilson of North Medford posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over their third-seeded teammates, Jennifer Pendergast and Heather Dumas, for the championship.
This is one of the closest district tournaments I can recall, said North Medford coach Dale Jensen. Kids from all four schools stepped up.
— The top four singles and top four doubles teams qualified for the Class 4A state tournament Thursday through Saturday at Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton.
Jensen was pleased with his doubles squads that went 1-2. As expected, Hilmer and Wilson triumphed and should be among the top three seeds at state, Jensen said.
I think they've earned that distinction, said Jensen, noting that Hilmer and Wilson beat Jesuit's No. — doubles team, which was a state semifinalist last year, at a tournament in Bend last month.
Pendergast and Dumas, meanwhile, played a couple notches above their No. 4 seeding by upsetting the No. 2-seeded team from Roseburg in the semifinals. Pendergast and Dumas beat the Indians' Sonu Allen and Galaxy Slight, 6-4, 6-2, to earn their ticket to the finals.
North Medford notched another win Saturday from Ingred Wahlberg in consolation singles play. Wahlberg defeated Klamath Union's Denise Ledgerwood, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Ingred lost to that girl (Ledgerwood) two weeks ago in three sets, Jensen said. She (Wahlberg) really wanted to avenge that loss.
Ashland's Kayla Moyse was dominant in the third-place singles match as she rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Roseburg's Masha Los. The Grizzlies picked up another key victory in consolation doubles play Saturday from Samantha Holtey and Sarah Cate, who registered a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Piper Dobner and Lacey Dean.
Kudos to our consolation doubles team, Ashland coach Karl Carstensen said. We needed a win there (to keep the Grizzlies in contention for the team title). They showed some character in the way they responded.
TEAM SCORES ' Ashland 32, Roseburg 32, North Medford 29, Grants Pass 28, South Medford 10, Klamath Union 7.
Ruth Lopez (1), GP, d. Masha Los, Ros, 6-1, 6-0; Stacy Wetmore (3), Ros, d. Kayla Moyse (2), Ash, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
FINALS ' Ruth Lopez, GP, d. Stacy Wetmore, Ros, 6-4, 6-1.
THIRD-FOURTH ' Kayla Moyse, Ash, d. Masha Los, Ros, 6-0, 6-0.
CONSOLATION FINALS ' Ingred Wahlberg, NM, d. Denise Ledgerwood, KU, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
McKenzie Hilmer-Lauren Wilson (1), NM, d. Chelsea Van Lehn-Kate Morris (3), Ash, 6-4, 6-0; Jennifer Pendergast-Heather Dumas (4), NM, d. Sonu Allen-Galaxy Slight (2), Ros, 6-4, 6-2.
FINALS ' McKenzie Hilmer-Lauren Wilson, NM, d. Jennifer Pendergast-Heather Dumas, NM, 6-2, 6-3.
THIRD-FOURTH ' Galaxy Slight-Sonu Allen, Ros, d. Chelsea Van Lehn-Kate Morris, Ash, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
CONSOLATION FINALS ' Samantha Holtey-Sarah Cate, Ash, d. Piper Dobner-Lacey Dean, GP, 6-1, 6-2.