|Bearcat tennis girls dominate Alliance triangular|
|April 23, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Anthony Brathwaite/Gering Citizen - Gering’s Carolyn Howton returns a volley during Triangular with Alliance hosted by Gering earlier this season. The Gering girls’ tennis team is building skills this season, with younger players developing through experience.
Back from the Lexington Invite last week, the Gering and Scottsbluff girls’ tennis teams made a short road trip to Alliance on Tuesday for a triangular meet.
The format was different this time, as teams played state format with the match winner determined by the best two of three games.
Scottsbluff went 3-1 against Alliance with wins coming from No. 1 singles Zoe Holscher, 6-1, 6-0 against Cayla Tritle. No. 2 singles Christina Villarreal swept Ashley Fattig 6-0, 6-0.
Scottsbluff’s No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Cloud and Stacea Pauli fell to Bailey O’Connor and Courtney Little Hoop of Alliance, 6-4, 4-7, 2-6. And the No. 2 doubles team of Alisha Huynh and Rachel Hancock were 6-4, 6-2 winners over McKayla Steen and Makenna Rohmig.
Scottsbluff swept Gering in its matches, going 4-0 at the event. No. 1 singles Holscher was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Carolyn Howton and No. 2 Villarreal downed Sheridan Blanco 6-0, 6-1;
Scottsbluff’s No. 1 doubles Cloud and Pauli took a 6-2, 7-5 win over Gering’s Samantha Gutherless and Annessa Escamilla. And at No. 2 doubles, Hancock and Huynh posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kaitlyn Wagoner and Annastacia Cowan.
“The girls played really well,” said Scottsbluff Coach Cassie Behnke. “The No. 2 doubles team had a really good day and are gaining in confidence. The No. 1 team had a difficult match against Alliance, but they came back strong against Gering.”
She added that singles players Holscher and Villarreal continue improving and doing what they need to do to be successful. “They’re able to control the ball and set up the points, which is what they’ve been working on.”
Gering Coach Justin Reinmuth said his team was able to tie with Alliance in points, so they didn’t come away scoreless. “We didn’t go out 0-2 for the event. It was tough competition and we’re getting ready for the state tournament.”
Reinmuth said the team isn’t dominating this year as they rebuild. A number of freshmen are taking starting positions.
“We’re all getting better as we go along,” he said. “We just look forward to getting the girls out there for more experience as we build for the future.”