Tornado boys score solid victory over Grizzlies
The North Medford boys tennis team continued its torrid streak to start the season with an easy victory over former Southern Oregon Conference foe Ashland on Tuesday at Varsity Courts.
The Black Tornado picked up impressive wins from both its Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles competitors to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 6-2 victory over the Grizzlies.
Michael Tribble, North's top singles player, cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Sean Cleveland. Teammate Colt Hoeptner downed Avi Silberstein, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
In doubles, the Tornado's top tandem of Tanner Borg and David Longmire blanked Jon Weighter and Kyle Lachmund, 6-0, 6-0, while Austin Schoenlein and David Tribble also rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tyler Suh and Tom Miner.
"Our No. 1 and 2 singles and doubles kids have been very dominant this season," said first-year North Medford coach Hal Borg. "None of them has dropped a set this year and No. 1 doubles has yet to lose a game."
North Medford now moves on to Southwest Conference action.
Its first opponent, South Eugene, should provide a stiff test when the teams face off April 3 in Eugene.
"South Eugene is probably one of the top preseason picks at state," said coach Borg. "They have most of their players back like we do.
"That's going to be a real fun battle. They're definitely our biggest competition."
SINGLES — Michael Tribble, NM, def. Sean Cleveland, 6-1, 6-2; Colt Hoeptner, NM, def. Avi Silberstein, 6-1, 6-1; Nathan Dines, NM, def. Nick Cross, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Kyle Curran, A, def. Evan Peterson, 6-1, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Tanner Borg-David Longmire, NM, def. Jon Weighter-Kyle Lachmund, 6-0, 6-0; Austin Schoenlein-David Tribble, NM, def. Tyler Suh-Tom Miner, 6-0, 6-0; Nick Hogan-Corey Hisey, NM, def. Andrew Cataldo-Jeff Laskos, 6-2, 7-5; Min Oh Suh-Elias Shaw, A, def. Cody Watkins-Erik Loeffler, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).
u NORTH MEDFORD 4, ASHLAND 4 — At Ashland, the Ashland and North Medford girls tennis teams fought cold and windy conditions to finish in a 4-4 split in a nonconference match.
Kenna Goodson led off by winning the No. 1 singles for the Black Tornado.
On the doubles side, Bridget Palmesano and Jamie Marvin won a close match in the No. 1 slot.
SINGLES — Kenna goodson, NM, d. Jordan Rooklyn, 6-1, 6-0; Nicole Jacquat, A, d. Sierra Severson, 6-2, 0-6, 7-4; Olivia Floria, A, d. Katie Murphy, 6-1, 7-5; Kelsey Mills, A, d. Kelli Strong, 6-4, 7-5.
DOUBLES — Bridget Palmesano-Jamie Marvin, A, d. Carissa Arnesen-Jacqueline Folger, 7-5, 6-7, 1-7 (9-7); Sam Reed-Jennifer Dumas, NM, d. Christi Gay-Monika Heiken, 7-5, 6-2; Jade Severson-Tessa Forsyth, NM, d. Ashley Dlazinski-Rachel Pitman, 6-3, 6-2; Jaclyn Abeloe-Whitney Hodnett, NM, d. Zena Shelton-Katie Patton, 6-1, 6-4.
U SOUTH MEDFORD 8, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, South Medford swept Klamath Union in non-league tennis action.
The top two singles and doubles played the best two out of three. The rest of the matches played one set.
Marina Todd led things off for the Panthers, winning her No. 1 singles match, while Natalie Ruffe and Jordan Hesse won in the top doubles slot.
SINGLES — Marina Todd, SM, d. Kelsey Pellegrino 6-1, 6-0; Elora Grant, SM, d. Lisa Crutchfield 6-0, 6-1; Carli Sash, SM, d. Megan Cummings 6-1; Amanda Gerlick, SM, d. Tristen Trelease 6-4.
DOUBLES — Natalie Ruffe-Jordan Hess , SM, d. Ali Andrews-Nicole Butcher, 6-2, 6-1; Nikita Wright-Sarah Ashpole, SM, d. Lindsey Lund-Lacey Lund 6-0, 6-0; Aly Wilson-Megan Ellis, SM, d. Amanda Melean-Hannah Honzel 6-1; Rebecca Christie-Danielle Ashpole, SM, d. Sandra Daibes-Jessica Spidal 6-2.