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Bearcat tennis takes 3rd at Lexington
April 18, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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After losing to both Kearney and Kearney Catholic the day before, the Scottsbluff girls’ tennis team pulled together to take third place among the 12 teams competing in the Lexington Invitational on April 12.

Scottsbluff turned in a team score of 28 points. Winning the invitational was Kearney Catholic with 37 points. Second place went to the home Lexington team, posting a 32.5 score. Gering ended up in 12th place with five points.

After a first round bye, Scottsbluff’s Zoe Holscher posted a couple of wins at No. 1 singles – 8-0 over Hastings St. Cecilia and 8-4 over Lexington, before losing the championship match to Kearney Catholic, 8-3.

No. 2 singles player Christina Villarreal also advanced to championship match after an 8-6 win over Ogallala and an 8-1 win over Alliance. Villarreal lost the final, 8-2, to Kearney Catholic.

In doubles action, Scottsbluff’s No. 1 team of Stacea Pauli and Sarah Cloud won two of their matches before an 8-5 loss to North Platte. The No. 2 doubles team of Alisha Huynh and Moriah Wyre had an 8-6 win over Kearney Catholic before losing an 8-1 match to Adams Central.

“We did some amazing things at Lexington,” said Scottsbluff Coach Cassie Behnke. “Zoe (Holscher) really battled hard to get into the championship round. And Christina (Villarreal) also kept her composure under pressure to get into her championship round.”

Behnke said the first round wins by the doubles teams put them into position to take third place overall.

The Scottsbluff girls’ tennis team had their 3-0 unbeaten dual streak broken April 11, losing on the road in Lexington to both Class A Kearney and Kearney Catholic.

Kearney came away with an 8-1 victory over the Bearcats, while Kearney Catholic was a 7-2 winner.

Against Kearney, Sarah Cloud at No. 4 singles for Scottsbluff, came away with the only win, a 9-7 tiebreaker against Krista Benesch. The other five singles positions, along with all three doubles teams, were defeated.

Facing the Kearney Catholic Stars, Scottsbluff came away with a win at No. 6 singles as Moriah Wyre beat Laila Saadi 8-6.

The Bearcats also got a win with the No. 3 doubles team of Zoe Holscher and Christina Villarreal, 8-1 winners over Rachael Brungardt and Saadi.

Gering was also at Kearney, but lost all of the singles and doubles matches against both Kearney and Kearney Catholic.

In earlier action, Scottsbluff won both ends of a triangular event on April 8 over Gering and host Alliance.

Scottsbluff was perfect 6-0 in singles action against Gering. No. 1 Zoe Holscher was 8-1 against Paige Peterson. No. 2 Christina Villarreal blanked Arrianna Guel 8-0, as did No. 3 Stacea Pauli against Gering’s Annessa Escamilla. At No. 4 singles, Sarah Cloud went 8-1 Sheridan Blanco. Rachel Hancock at No. 5 singles won her match, 8-2, over Gering’s Kaitlyn Wagoner and No. 6 singles Alisha Huynh went 8-0 over Annastacia Cowen.

In doubles action, Scottsbluff took two of three matches against Gering as the No. 1 team of Cloud and Pauli went 8-2 over Wagoner and Cowan. Gering’s No. 2 doubles team of Blanco and Escamilla won a 10-8 tiebreaker over Huynh and Moriah Wyre. Holscher and Villarreal, Scottsbluff’s No. 3 doubles team, won 8-1 over Gering’s Peterson and Guel.

Scottsbluff did even better against the home Alliance team, going 9-0 with six singles positions and three doubles positions.

Alliance was a 6-3 winner over Gering as the Bulldogs lost five of its six singles matches. No. 1 singles Paige Peterson lost to Courtney Little Hoop, 4-8. At No. 2 singles, Arianna Guel lost 1-8 to Bailey O’Connor. Annessa Escamilla at No. 3 lost 5-8 to Mckenna Romick and No. 4 Sheridan Blanco was defeated by Ashley Fattig, 5-8. Gering’s No. 5 Kaitlyn Wagoner took an 8-5 win from Alliance freshman Elsie Stoike and No. 6 Annastacia Cowan lost 6-8 to Uriah Little Hoop.

Gering’s No. 1 doubles team of Cowan and Wagoner lost 1-8 to O’Connor and Courtney Little Hoop. Then the No. 2 team of Escamilla and Blanco took an 8-6 win from Romick and Stoike. The No. 3 Gering doubles team were also winners as Peterson and Guel topped Fattig and Uriah Little Hoop, 8-2.

Local teams will see action again on April 19 as Gering hosts a triangular event with Scottsbluff and Alliance. Scottsbluff will host their home invitational on April 30.
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