Scottsbluff tennis girls take second at home invite
     2015-04-30      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Both of Scottsbluff’s singles tennis players took first place honors to pace the girls’ tennis team to a second place finish at their home invitational, with games played in both Scottsbluff and Gering. Scottsbluff finished with a team total of 65, just a point behind the winning McCook team.

No. 1 singles Zoe Holscher started off with an 8-1 win over McCook’s Cassiddy Beeby, who finished second in the individual standings. After a second round bye, Holsher strung together four more 8-0 wins over Katie Kjendal of McCook, Lydia Wiserman of Hershey and Carolyn Howton of Gering. Holscher was awarded an 8-0 win over Jordynn Simpson of North Platte due to an injury default. She then finished the last round with an 8-3 win over Kelsie Sanders of Campbell County. Holscher ended up with 24 wins to place first at No. 1 singles.

Scottsbluff’s Christina Villarreal was also impressive at No. 2 singles. In the first round, she downed McCook’s Amanda Slattery 8-6. After a second round bye, the rest of her matches were wins: 8-1 over M’Kayla Steen of Alliance, 8-2 over Laurel Huebner of Hershey, 8-1 over Gering freshman Sheridan Blanco, an 8-2 win over Tea Guerra of North Platte and finishing with another 8-2 win over Grace Gordon of Campbell County.

Villarreal ended up with 12 wins to take first place at No. 2 singles.

In doubles action, the No.1 Scottsbluff team of Sarah Cloud and Sarah Woodward lost their first round match, 8-0 to McCook’s Lauren Koetter and Kacee Samway. They got back on track after a second round bye with an 8-2 win over Alliance, an 8-5 win over Hershey and another 8-4 win over Gering. They lost the sixth round match, 8-1 to Hayley Schanou and Tanis Sack of North Platte, but came back in the final round for an 8-3 win over Campbell County.

Scottsbluff’s No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Hancock and Alisha Huynh, both sophomores, dropped their first round match, 8-0 to Libby Broadfoot and Molly Hardin of McCook. After they bye, they got on track with an 8-1 win over Alliance, 8-5 over Hershey and an 8-2 win over Gering before an 8-3 loss to North Platte. They ended with an 8-5 win over Campbell County.

At No. 3 doubles for Scottsbluff, Barbara Calvert and Moriah Wyre started with an 8-2 loss to McCook, but came back in the third round for an 8-2 win over Alliance. Next was an 8-6 win over Hershey and a 9-8 tiebreaker over Paige Peterson and Delaney Dean of Gering. They finished with two more wins, 8-5 over North Platte and 8-0 over Campbell County.

“We had a pretty fantastic weekend,” said Scottsbluff Coach Cassie Behnke. “All our team medaled and this will be a good boost going into another big week of tennis. Their confidence level will be important.”
Behnke added the singles are playing smart tennis, watching what their opponents are doing and looking for opportunities to score points. And the doubles teams are communication well in getting through tough matches.

Scottsbluff hosts Hershey today (April 30) before heading to McCook for a dual on Friday and the McCook Invite on Saturday.
Gering’s No. 1 singles Carolyn Howton also posted a few wins. After an 8-5 first round loss to Campbell County, she won 8-1 over Hershey’s Lydia Wiseman before three losses, 8-1 to McCook’s Cassiddy Beeby, 8-5 to Katie Kjendal of Alliance and 8-0 to Scottsbluff’s Zoe Holscher. Howton ended with an 8-0 win over North Platte’s Jordynn Simpson on an injury default.

Gering freshman Sheridan Blanco at No. 2 singles posted six losses for the day, 8-3 to Campbell County, 8-4 to Hershey, 8-3 to McCook, 8-3 to Alliance, 8-1 to Scottsbluff and 8-1 to North Platte.
Gering’s No. 1 doubles team of Samantha Gutherless and Annessa Escamilla won their first two matches, 8-6 over Campbell County and 8-4 over Hershey. They ended with four losses: 8-0 to McCook, 8-4 to Alliance, 8-4 to Scottsbluff and 8-2 to North Platte.

The No. 2 Gering doubles team of Kaitlyn Wagoner and Annastacia Cowen lost their first three matches: 8-4 to Campbell County, 8-4 to Hershey and 8-0 to McCook. The team fought back for an 8-2 win over Alliance, but then dropped their final two, 8-2 to Scottsbluff and 8-0 to North Platte.

At No. 3 doubles for Gering was Paige Peterson and Delaney Dean, both freshmen. They took one win from their six opponents, 9-7 over Hershey. Their losses were 8-5 from Campbell County, 8-0 from McCook, a 9-8 tiebreaker from Alliance, another 9-8 tiebreaker from Scottsbluff and 8-3 from North Platte.

Gering ended in sixth place with a team score of 19.
“We pulled a few wins out the invite,” said Coach Justin Reinmuth. “The team has a lot of freshmen and we’re getting better every day, but we still have a long way to go.”

He said that Wagoner and Cowen at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 Gutherless and Escamilla all had stiff competition and performed well.
“Paige and Delaney only had one win, but went into two tie-breaks,” Reinmuth said. They played hard and could have posted three wins. All in all, we just need to keep working and improving.”
Gering’s next action is this weekend at the McCook Invite.

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