HRV ‘number-ones’ reach quarters

All the results from the past three months were thrown out the window last weekend when the Intermountain Conference girls district tennis tournament got underway at Hermiston High School.

Previous match scores did not apply as eight teams battled it out to reach the 2003 state tournament.

But, in the end, Hood River Valley was without a state representative for the first time in three years.

“It would have been nice to send a couple girls to state, but I thought we represented ourselves well,” coach Barb Hosford said of her team, which finished seventh.

“Our No. 1 doubles team was literally five games away from qualifying for state, but the other teams’ relative experience was a factor in the end,” she said.

Seniors Ashley Nunamaker and Corinne Oates reached the quarterfinals by winning their first two matches in straight sets. But they lost to the No. 4-seeded team from Hermiston in the quarters, and had to settle for eighth place overall.

“Over half the teams in our league play year-round tennis,” Hosford said, “and that may be the difference between the IMC and the Mt. Hood. But I was still proud of how the team competed.”

The No. 2 doubles team of junior Gena Folts and sophomore Emily Sager won their first match in a third-set tiebreaker, but lost in three sets in round two.

No. 1 singles player Jodie Gates also had a solid showing at district, winning her first two matches before falling to the No. 3 seed from Crook County in the quarterfinals.

“Jodie played out of her mind,” Hosford said. “Of all the girls, I was especially pleased with Jodie’s effort because she seemed to peak at the right time. And it must have been nice for her to finish her senior season with a couple of wins.”

Senior Brittany Reed played No. 2 singles and won her first match before losing to the No. 7 seed from Mountain View in round two. Senior No. 3 singles player Michi Aniwanter lost her opening match, but won her first consolation match before bowing out.

Sophomore No. 4 Erin Hart won her first match 6-2, 6-3, but had to play the No. 1 seed, Rachel Berger of Hermiston, in round two and lost. Meanwhile, the No. 3 doubles team of Lindsay Brown and Jessica Young lost both their matches, and the No. 4 pair of Vanessa Geddis and Ashley Rengler went two matches and out.

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