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Numbers, talent have Tigers hopeful

The Tigard girls take high hopes to the court this season


by: DAN BROOD - TOP TIGER -- Tigard senior Courtney Roshak, who qualified for the state tournament in doubles play last year, will be in the No. 1 singles spot for the Tigers this season. TIGARD — A big turnout.

Strong senior leadership.

Younger players anxious to step up.

The Tigard High School girls tennis team looks to have a lot going for it as the 2014 season gets underway.

“We have a mix of experience and learning on our team this year,” Tigard coach Matthew Rubrecht said. “We have quite a few seniors that will lead the team, but we also have sophomores who have stepped up to challenge them. There was a handful of girls who did some good offseason work. It is going to be interesting to see how everything plays out and who steps up for us.”

The Tigers have some key returnees among the 37 girls who turned out for the tennis team this year.

“This year, I find myself coaching the biggest team Tigard has seen in a long time,” Rubrecht said. “This is a great building block for years to come.”

Among the returnees for the Tigers are seniors Courtney Roshak and Carrie Williams, who will serve as team captain.

“They have already done a great job leading by example and setting high standards for the team to reach for,” Rubrecht said. “They have great experience as varsity athletes that will start to rub off on the younger kids, to hopefully increase motivation.”

Last year, as a junior, Roshak qualified for the Class 6A state tournament in doubles competition. She’ll play at No. 1 singles for the Tigers this year.

Williams, playing in singles competition last year, won the Pacific Conference consolation title at the district tournament. This year, she’ll be at No. 1 doubles, teaming with fellow senior returnee Hannah Portwood.

Senior returnee Fotini Dorrance starts the season at No. 2 singles for the Tigers. Senior returnee Caroline Tea will be at No. 3 singles and sophomore Hayden Huebner will be at No. 4 singles.

At No. 2 doubles to start the season, Tigard will have senior Alia Tran and sophomore Delaney Shea. Senior Kendall Lockwood and sophomore Chloe Hogan will be at No. 3 doubles and sophomores Maria Anderson and Lexi O’Neal will be at No. 4 doubles.

Sophomore Rebekah Dumestre will also see action at No. 4 doubles.

“We are going to keep mixing and matching to find the right combination,” Rubrecht said.

And, with that, Rubrecht has plenty of optimism going into the season.

“I am excited for this group to see how high they can reach,” he said. “The sky really is the limit.”

As for the Pacific Conference this season, Rubrecht sees the Tigers in the hunt for one of the top spots.

“The league will probably be led again by Tualatin, with Newberg, McMinnville, Forest Grove and us all fighting for top positions,” he said.

The Tigers got off to a fast start to league competition, getting an 8-0 win over Glencoe and a 6-2 victory against Century in matches played prior to spring break.




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