Eagle tennis girls stay undefeated

April 23, 2011

The Hood River Valley girls tennis team is undefeated in league play this season and have topped all of its Columbia River Conference rivals so far after beating Pendleton 7-1 Thursday.

This weekend the Eagle girls will face their toughest competition so far when they play host to Bend and Mountain View in a doubleheader.

"This will be the big test," HRV coach Leslie Kerr said.

The Eagle girls also beat Hermiston 7-1 at Hermiston this week and completely dominated the singles matches. Celine Lentz won 6-2, 6-2, Frances Burns won 6-1, 6-0, Kristin Davis won 6-2, 6-1 and Emilee Ziegner won 6-3, 6-2.

Lentz again played No. 1 singles against Pendleton and again she won as the Belgian exchange student continued a strong season.

"Not many teams have someone who can just step in like that and have such a big impact," Kerr said.

Lentz did not even get to play every day in Belgium as her school does not have sports teams, and has taken to the everyday routine of high school tennis with vigor.

"It's been really fun," she said. 'I'd never played every day before. I was scared to play No. 1 singles but it went well."

The Eagles completed their match with Pendleton despite two rain delays and having to play the last four matches as pro-sets.

The HRV boys also had a successful week. After a tough 5-3 loss to Hermiston on Tuesday the Eagles bounced back and beat Pendleton 6-2 in Pendleton Thursday.

Josh Ziegner continued to get stronger as the season goes along, winning against both Pendleton and Hermiston in three sets.

Zach Nunberg also won against both teams, as did the doubles team of Nic Cooper and Zev Braun.

Also winning for HRV against Pendleton were Donovan Doroski with a 6-3, 6-1 win in singles, and the doubles teams of Luke Ihle and Jon Goatcher and Felipe Martinez and Levi Roeseler.

The Eagle boys host The Dalles-Wahtonka Wednesday.

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