Gering netters building court experience
     2013-04-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Gering’s Katie Collins led her team in the round-robin format by finishing third in No. 2 singles with a 3-2 record at the Scottsbluff Invitational Tournament. 
Gering girls tennis coach Justin Reinmuth said he saw some hope and promise from both his first-year varsity team Saturday in the Scottsbluff Invitational and from his junior varsity players Tuesday in their first action at Alliance.

The Bulldogs finished in fifth place among six teams in the Scottsbluff tournament, in which the host Bearcats placed third and McCook outpointed runner-up Gillette, Wyo.-Campbell County 65-51 for the team title.

“We saw some tough competition that we hadn’t seen yet,” Reinmuth said of Saturday’s tourney. “McCook is really a strong team with experienced players, and our girls weren’t used to seeing the speed of the serves from McCook and Gillette.”

Katie Collins led Gering in the round-robin format by finishing third in No. 2 singles with a 3-2 record.
“Winning three out of five matches was a great effort for her,” Reinmuth said of Collins.

Gering also had multiple wins from the No. 1 doubles team of Savannah Walker and Samantha Gutherless, who finished in fourth at 2-3.

Other Gering results saw Marlee Lupher go 1-4 in No. 1 singles, Jessical Helt and Annastacia Cowen finish winless at No. 2 doubles and Britney Moreno and Katlyn Wagoner go 0-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Scottsbluff’s success began with freshman Zoe Holscher finishing 3-2 and in third in No. 1 singles. Two doubles teams also were 3-2 and placed third: the No. 1 doubles team of Rachel Madden and Akacia Kraus, and Sarah Cloud and Anna Wiebe in No. 2 doubles.

Also for the Bearcats, Christina Villlarreal and Stacae Pauli went 2-3 and finished fourth at No. 3 doubles, while Olivia Salazar was 1-4 at No. 2 singles for the Bearcats.

Reinmuth said Tuesday’s JV triangular at Alliance, in which Gering lost as a team to both the host Bulldogs and to Scottsbluff, offered positives especially in Cierra Weatherfield’s 2-0 record in No. 2 singles while Helt split her two matches at No. 1 singles.

“For the first time that the JV got to play, I think they did a pretty good job,” Reinmuth said. “It was good to get the girls out on the court.”

The Bulldogs’ lone home action, a triangular against Scottsbluff and Alliance, was scheduled for April 16. The schools are still working on a make-up date as of Tuesday.

Gering has been able to add two home duals for next week, against Sterling, Colo., on Monday at 4 p.m. and against McCook on May 3, also at 4 p.m.

Both Gering and Scottsbluff will travel to McCook on Saturday for
what should be another tough tournament with the Bison as the hosts.
The Class B State Championships are May 17 and 18 in Lincoln.

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