Moyse, North repeat as SOC champs
SOC District Tennis
ROSEBURG ' Ashland's Kayla Moyse successfully defended her singles crown and North Medford repeated as team champion at the Southern Oregon Conference girls tennis championships at Stewart Park Saturday.
The top-seeded Moyse defeated North Medford's Lauren Wilson in the singles finals, 7-6 (6-3), 6-2.
The Black Tornado also lost in the doubles finals to the No. 1-ranked South Medford sister team of Sam and Natalie Ruffe.
But by reaching the finals in singles and doubles along with Sarah Pendergast winning the consolation singles championship, North Medford secured the title.
The Black Tornado scored 33 points to edge runner-up South Medford by two points.
The Panthers entered the district tournament with high hopes after going undefeated during the league regular season.
— Everybody scored points for us, North Medford coach Dale Jensen said. Our depth was very good.
In the singles final, Moyse took control of the match after winning the first set tiebreaker.
Kayla (Moyse) was very powerful from the baseline and more consistent, said Jensen. Both the singles and doubles finals were very competitive. It was fun to watch.
The Ruffe girls ' sophomore Sam and freshman Natalie ' had to overcome a first-set loss to North sophomores Erica Schultz and Sarah Louie in the doubles finals.
The Ruffes triumphed in the three-set match 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Both teams really wanted it, said Jensen. The third set was back-and-forth. It was really one or two shots that made the difference in the match.
SOC District Results
North Medford 33, South Medford 31, Ashland 26, Grants Pass 26, Klamath Union 13, Roseburg 11.
Kayla Moyse, Ash, d. Rebecca Weicher, GP, 6-1, 6-0; Lauren Wilson, NM, d. Emily Works, SM, 6-1, 6-1.
FINALS ' Moyse, Ash, d. Wilson, NM, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
THIRD PLACE ' Works, SM, d. Weicher, GP, 6-1, 6-3.
Sam Ruffe-Natalie Ruffe, SM, d. Piper Dobner-Lexi Smith, 6-0, 6-4; Erica Schultz-Sarah Louie, NM, d. Samantha Laskos-Maddy Stokes, Ash, 6-2, 6-1.
FINALS ' S. Ruffe-N. Ruffe, SM, d. Schultz-Louie, NM, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
THIRD PLACE ' Dobner-Smith, GP, d. Laskos-Stokes, Ash.
SINGLES FINALS '
Sarah Pendergast, NM, d. Alysia Yamasaki, KU, 6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES FINALS ' Denise Ledgerwood-Carly Cox, KU, d. Gillian Bentley-Kayla Hall, 6-0, 6-1.
SOC DISTRICT TOURNAMENT ' North Medford picked up a singles and doubles title to run away with the district championship at North High.
Michael Tribble defeated Black Tornado teammate Colt Hoeptner 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the singles title match.
In doubles, David Longmire and Tanner Borg breezed by Roseburg's Andrew Besson and Josh Borrelli, 6-1, 6-1, to give North its second individual crown.
North Medford finished with 47 points to top second-place Ashland (32) and third-place Roseburg (24).
Tribble and Hoeptner will be joined at the Class 4A state tournament by Ashland singles players Kyle Lachmund and Nick Spurlock.
Besides Longmire and Borg and Besson and Borrelli, the North tandems of Austin Schoenlein and Steve Folsom and Brandon Como and Arthur Huynh also qualified for state.
The state tournament is May 18-20 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
TEAM SCORES ' North Medford 47, Ashland 32, Roseburg 24, Grants Pass 21, South Medford 16.
CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS ' Colt Hoeptner, NM, d. Nick Spurlock, A, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3; Michael Tribble, NM, d. Kyle Lachmund, A, 6-3, 6-2.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS ' Michael Tribble, NM, d. Colt Hoeptner, NM, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
THIRD-PLACE FINALS ' Kyle Lachmund, A, d. Nick Spurlock, A, 1-1 (default).
CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS ' David Longmire-Tanner Borg, NM, d. Brandon Como-Arthur Huynh, NM, 6-0, 6-1; Andrew Besson-Josh Borrelli, R, d. Austin Schoenlein-Steve Folsom, NM, 6-0, 6-3.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS ' Longmire-Borg, NM, d. Besson-Borrelli, R, 6-1, 6-1.
THIRD-PLACE FINALS ' Schoenlein-Folsom, NM, d. Como Huynh, NM, 6-1, 7-5.