Bearcats tennis players take down Ogallala
     2016-03-25      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
In their first dual match of the season, the Scottsbluff girls’ tennis team registered a 6-3 win over visiting Ogallala on March 22.

Seniors led the way in singles matches as No. 1 Zoe Holscher was an 8-1 winner over Ogallala’s Courtney Moore. At No. 2 singles, Christiana Villarreal took an 8-4 victory over Maddie Herman and Stacea Pauli, the Bearcats’ No. 3 singles player, was also an 8-4 winner over Kira Mestl. No. 4 singles player Sarah Woodward dropped a 1-8 match to Kacey Jaeger. No. 5 Rachel Hancock also lost 6-8 to Katie Bush, and No. 6 Moriah Wyre came away with an 8-2 win over Megan Haggard.

The No. 1 doubles team of Zoe Holscher and Christina Villarreal was also strong with an 8-2 victory over Karey Jaeger and Megan Haggard.

Stacea Pauli and Moriah Wyre posted an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles over Lira Mestl and Katie Bush. Scottsbluff’s only loss was at No. 3 doubles, as Rachel Hancock and Sarah Woodward went down 1-8 to Maddie Herman and Courtney Moore.

“This is one of the first times in five years we’ve won the Ogallala dual,” said Bearcat Coach Cassie Behnke. “They’re pretty competitive and usually have a group of strong, athletic girls.”

Behnke said she was especially proud of the comeback doubles win for Moriah Wyre and Stacea Pauli. “It was good to see them dig in and finish strong. I was also glad for Zoe and Christina. They’re quick and ready to play, and that’s what I wanted them to be doing.”

The Bearcat Junior Varsity squad split their doubles matches against Ogallala, 3-3. Sakura Kasai and Olivia Sheffield won both of their matches, 6-4 over Kortnie Cavel and Halle Tophoj, and 6-0 over Maddie Miller and Kyra Adams.

Bridgette Locker and Stephanie Carabajal were 6-2 winners over Ashley Beamon and Maddie Ostrander. Tieesha Alsides and Kaleigh Hafner lost their doubles match, 4-6, to Haley Hansmeier and Annie Cleveland.
Rebecca Weis and Mira Kallaheim lost 3-6 to Lily Fair and Payton Stewart. Brooke DeSha and Haley Wilkins posted a 3-6 loss to Mira Svoboda and Abbie Crandall.

The Bearcats next see action on Tuesday, March 29 in a triangular with Gering and Alliance.

The varsity will play at Gering High School, with Scottsbluff vs. Alliance at 4 p.m., followed by Scottsbluff vs. Gering at p.m. The JV squads play in Scottsbluff.

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