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Area girls’ tennis teams suffer losses on the road
April 16, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Both Gering and Scottsbluff girls’ tennis teams were on the road in Kearney Monday for duals against Kearney and Kearney Catholic. And both teams came away with losses.

As teams, Scottsbluff fell to Kearney Catholic 7-2 and to Kearney 9-0. Gering lost both of its duals by 9-0 scores.

“We took three freshmen down due to some injuries and they played pretty well,” said Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth. “Many of the girls had less than a years experience and I think overall competing with Kearney they did pretty well.”

Reinmuth added the tough competition was a good learning experience for the team, as they get better during the matches.

Posting 0-8 losses to Kearney Catholic were Gering’s No. 1 Kaitlyn Wagoner, No. 2 Sheridan Blanco, No. 3 Annessa Escamilla, No. 4 Samantha Gutherless and No. 6 Delaney Dean. No. 5 Paige Peterson lost 1-8.

In doubles action, No. 1 Wagoner and Blanco were blanked 0-8. Both No. 2 Escamilla and Gutherless, and No. 3 Peterson and Dean, lost 1-8.

Against Kearney High School, Gering had 0-8 singles losses in No. 1 Kaitlyn Wagoner, No. 2 Sheridan Blanco, No. 5 Paige Peterson and No. 6 Delaney Dean. No. 3 Samantha Gutherless and No. 4 Annessa Escamilla both lost 1-8.

In doubles, No. 1 Gutherless and Escamilla, and No. 3 Peterson and Dean, lost 0-8. The No. 2 team of Blanco and Wagoner posted a 1-8 loss.

Scottsbluff had more success against Kearney Catholic, posting two wins in nine matches. But the Bearcats’ top two singles players, No. 1 Zoe Holscher and No. 2 Christina Villarreal, both went down by 8-3 scores.

Scottsbluff’s only singles win came from No. 3 Sarah Cloud, who topped her Kearney Catholic opponent 8-6. No. 4 Stacea Pauli lost 8-6, No. 5 Rachel Hancock lost 8-3 and No. 6 Alisha Huynh was blanked 8-0.

The Bearcats’ only doubles win came from the No. 3 team of Holscher and Villarreal, 8-3. The No. 1 team of Pauli and Cloud lost 8-1 and No. 2 Hancock and Huynh lost 8-3.

Scottsbluff lost all nine of its matches against Kearney High School. In singles, No. 1 Zoe Holscher lost 8-6, No. 2 Christina Villarreal was blanked 8-0, No. 3 Sarah Cloud lost by an 8-1 score, as did No. 4 Stacea Pauli. No. 5 Rachel Hancock lost 8-3 and No. 6 Alisha Hyynh was handed an 8-5 loss.

Scottsbluff also lost all three of its doubles matches. No. 1 Cloud and Pauli went down 8-2, No. 2 Hancock and Huynh was blanked 8-0 and No. 3 Holscher and Villarreal lost 8-2.
“The girls played tough,” said Scottsbluff Assistant Coach Maddie Burford. “The scores don’t show how close the matches were. We went to deuce a lot, but couldn’t finish the game.”

On Tuesday, both Scottsbluff and Gering were in Lexington for a 12-team invitational. And the Lady Bearcats made a strong showing.
No. 1 singles Zoe Holscher went 2-1 on the afternoon for a second place finish. Her only loss was to Kearney Catholic’s Michelle Messbarger, who also won their dual match the day before. And Christiana Villarreal won four of her five matches at No. 2 singles to finish in third place.

Scottsbluff’s No. 2 doubles team of Stacea Pauli and Sarah Cloud had some success as well, going 1-2 on the day. And the No. 2 doubles team of Alisha Huynh and Rachel Hancock also finished at 1-2.
For Gering, No. 1 singles Kaitlyn Wagoner went 0-3 on the afternoon, while No. 2 Sheridan Blanco went 1-2.

In doubles action for Gering, No. 1 Annessa Escamilla and Samantha Gutherless were 2-2 and No. 2 Delaney Dean and Paige Peterson went 0-3.
Both schools see action next Tuesday at a triangular in Alliance.
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