Newberg unable to gain ground in league race
6A girls tennis The Tigers cruise past Century and Forest Grove, but fall to Tualatin and Tigard in conference play
TIGARD After showing solid improvement through the heart of its league schedule, the Newberg girls tennis teams endured a turbulent four-game stretch as the regular season draws to a close.
The Tigers dispatched Century 7-1 April 29, getting an impressive victory from Kassie Grove, who handed Neyen Essien her first league loss of the season 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
In much the same way Newberg played McMinnville tougher the second time around this season, the Tigers were hoping to give Tualatin a run for its money in their second match up of the season April 30.
Unfortunately for Jon Halsteads team, the result was again a 5-3 defeat.
Sam Russo and Grove won comfortably at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, but the Timberwolves answered back with wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to even the score.
The two best matches of the day came at No.1 and No. 3 singles, both of which went to three sets.
Tualatin duo Debbie Kim and Riley Steele prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 over Alenka Berales and Maddie Wiltshire at No. 1, but Newbergs Melissa Lattig and Rachel Lundquist won their match 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 over Alex Rose and Hailey Howarth.
The Timberwolves went on to win both the No. 2 and No. 4 doubles matches in straight sets to wrap up the result.
Newberg rebounded to sweep Forest Grove in singles May 1, led by Russos 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing at No. 1.
Winning in doubles for the Tigers were No. 2 duo Kaylee Pattulo and Ashley Thompson, as well as Lattig and Lindquist at No. 3.
Newberg had a chance to wrap up third place in the dual-meet standings Monday at Tigard, but crashed to a disappointing 6-2 defeat.
Courtney Roshack and Fotini Dorrance earned a measure of revenge by beating Russo and Grove in the top two singles matches, then Caroline Tea and Hayden Huebner made it a sweep for Tigard by dispatching Ashley Johnston and Delaney Spellman at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.
Picking up Newbergs lone wins were Pattullo and Thompson at No. 2 doubles and Lattig and Lindquist again at No. 3.
The Tigers will conclude the regular season Wednesday at Hillsboro, then head to Pacific University May 15-16 for the first two days of the district tournament before playing the final day at Linfield College.