HRV tennis hosts Bend teams


News staff writer

April 26, 2006

Saturday’s weather couldn’t have been better for a day of tennis. The courts were dry, the skies were sunny and the temperature stayed at a cool 70-or-so degrees around the valley. The Hood River Valley High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams spent the day courtside, or on the court, taking on Mountain View and Summit high schools.

The boys’ team tied Mountain View 4-4 in matches but beat them in sets (12-8), giving the home team the overall win. At number-one singles Matt Byrne continued his season of dominance by handling his opponent in two easy sets: 6-0, 6-1. Mountain View took Hood River’s Dyland Bauld, Logan Merriam and Brian Ratliff for three wins in a row at the number two, three and four singles slots. The Eagles won three of four doubles matches to propel them back in to winning position. At number-one doubles, Jimmie Oates and Maurizio Von Flotow lost 2-6, 1-6. In the second doubles spot, Joe Sager and Pablo Torres battled their opponents into three sets. After losing the first set, they went on to win 6-0, 6-0 sets for the match win.

Chris Farro and Alex Emmons won 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 for the hard-fought victory and at number-four doubles, Andy Crafts and Taylor Eaton won 7-6, 6-2 to tie the match score 4-4.

The boys’ team struggled against Bend and the dual ended with Hood River losing all eight matches against the IMC powerhouse.

The girls’ team struggled a bit against both Bend teams. The dual against Mountain View ended with the visitors winning seven of eight sets, with number-two singles player Jenna Ritter battling through three sets to win the only match for the Eagles (5-7, 6-2, 6-1).

Ritter won her match against Bend as well, taking Skyler Nelson in two sets (6-2, 6-1). In a dual that would end with Bend winning 6-2, Ritter and the doubles team of Sara DeSitter and Ashley Lathrop would be the sole winners. DeSitter and Lanthrop won 6-4, 7-6 in their match at number-three doubles.

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