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Wolves, Tigers take it down to the wire

Roshak gets a win in clash of former doubles teammates


by: DAN BROOD - GOOD MATCH -- Tigard senior Courtney Roshak (left) and Tualatin junior Ayumi Mizuno meet at the net following their No. 1 singles contest. TIGARD — Courtney Roshak and Ayumi Mizuno had plenty of success as a doubles combination in the 2013 season.

Playing for the Tigard High School girls tennis team, Roshak and Mizuno battled their way to the runner-up spot at the Pacific Conference district tournament and they went on to play at the Class 6A state tourney.

On Friday, Roshak and Mizuno were back on the court together again.

Only, this time, they were on opposite sides of the net.

Roshak, a Tigard senior, and Mizuno, now a Tualatin High School junior, clashed in No. 1 singles competition when the Tigers hosted the Timberwolves in a Pacific Conference dual match played at Tigard High School.

Roshak ended up with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in contest between the former doubles partners — played in front of a large group of each of their enthusiastic teammates.

“This was bittersweet,” Roshak said, after running up to give Mizuno a post-match hug. “I learned so much from her.”

“It felt different,” Mizuno said. “But it was fun.”

“It was definitely competitive,” Roshak said.

That seemed to be the theme of the day, as the Timberwolves and Tigers each won four matches, with Tualatin getting the team victory by virtue of edging Tigard in total sets won, 10-9.

“That’s probably the best we’ve played against Tualatin in my five years here,” Tigard coach Matthew Rubrecht said.

With the win, Tualatin, which has won 13 straight conference championships, improved to 4-0 in league matches at that point. The Tigard girls saw their conference record evened at 2-2 at that point.

In the No. 1 singles match, which was the final varsity match of the day, a fired-up and focused Roshak sprinted out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening set.

“I try to always stay focused,” Roshak said.

by: DAN BROOD - BIG WIN -- Tualatin High School sophomore Riley Steele hits a shot during No. 1 doubles play during Friday's match at Tigard. Steele and Debbie Kim scored a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory. Mizuno, trying to battle back, cut the lead to 5-2 before Roshak was able to close out the 6-2 opening-set win.

Roshak got off to another strong start to the second set, as she jumped out to a 3-0 advantage. Again, Mizuno came back, getting the set to a 5-2 score before Roshak was again able come away with a 6-2 victory.

“Wow, there were so many intense points,” Roshak said. “I knew I couldn’t let down. She kept me going.”

Meanwhile, Mizuno, who now is teammates with her younger sister, Tualatin freshman Fumika Mizuno, is enjoying her time with her new team.

“It’s been really fun,” she said of being a Timberwolf.

And the Timberwolves came away with some dramatic victories of their own on their way to edging the Tigers.

One of the biggest wins for Tualatin came in the No. 1 doubles match, where the Timberwolf duo of senior Debbie Kim and sophomore Riley Steele came away with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory over Tigard seniors Carrie Williams and Hannah Portwood.

In that match, Kim and Steele jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, only to watch the Tiger duo come back to take leads of 5-4 and 6-5. The set went into a tie-breaker, where Williams and Portwood claimed a quick 5-2 lead. But Kim and Steele rallied to win five straight points in the tie-breaker to get a 7-6 first-set win.

The Tualatin duo then battled its way to a 6-4 second-set victory to win the match.

The Wolves picked up two other doubles victories.

At No. 2 doubles, the Tualatin team of seniors Alisha Inkens and Maddie Meade posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alia Tran and Delaney Shea. At No. 3 doubles, the Timberwolf team of sophomores Alex Rose and Haley Howarth bested Kendall Lockwood and Chloe Hogan by a 6-3, 6-3 score.

by: DAN BROOD - CLOSE ONE -- Tigard High School senior Fotini Dorrance hits a shot during her 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win in No. 2 singles play. At No. 4 doubles, the Tigard team of sophomores Maria Anderson and Lexi Oneal bested Tatiana Dyler and Jordan Zielsdorf 6-4, 6-1.

In the No. 2 singles match, Tigard senior Fotini Dorrance won the final six games of the third set to get a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Tualatin senior Sarah Lemieux.

The Tigers also got a three-set win at No. 3 singles, where senior Caroline Tea got a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory against Fumika Mizuno.

In yet another three-set singles battle, Tualatin freshman Megan Bennett got a 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 win over Hayden Huebner in No. 4 singles play.

Tigard bounced back from the close setback to get an 8-0 win over Hillsboro Tuesday in a conference match held at Tigard High School. The Timberwolves were edged 5-3 by McMinnville Tuesday in a match played at Tualatin High School.

Both local teams will be back in action today (Thursday). Tigard will play at Newberg and Tualatin will travel to take on Century in matches starting at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, Tigard will host Forest Grove and Tualatin will play at Glencoe in 4 p.m. contests.




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