Holscher dominates home invite
     2016-04-29      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Ariana Guel, half of Gering’s top doubles team with Sheridan Blanco, returns a serve back across the net to their McCook opponents last Friday. 
Scottsbluff Senior Zoe Holscher played a dominating tennis match at No. 1 singles, winning all six of her games for 24 points to finish first at the school’s home invitational on April 23.

Holscher finished fourth at the state Class B tournament in 2015, losing only two games during the competition.

As a team, Scottsbluff ended up with 61 points to place second among the seven teams competing. The invitational title went to McCook with 74. In third place with 45 points was North Platte. Campbell County was fourth with 37 points, Hershey in fifth with 28, Alliance in sixth with 23 and Gering rounding out the field at seventh with 6 points.

Also medaling for Scottsbluff was Christina Villarreal at No 2 singles. She took second place with a 5-1 record on the day. Her only loss was to McCook’s Kassidy Michaelis, who finished first at 6-0.

“I think as a team, we all performed very well,” said Coach Cassie Behnke. “We wouldn’t have finished in second otherwise.
“As a group we were able to perform at a very competitive level.”

In doubles action on the afternoon, the No. 2 team of Alisha Huynh and Moriah Wyre claimed a medal with a third place finish, going 4-2.

Scottsbluff’s No. 1 singles team had a new player. With Stacea Pauli at the national DECA convention, Rachel Hancock stepped up to join Sarah Cloud. They went 4-2 on the afternoon and just missed medaling due to a tiebreaker with Campbell County, who took third place.

“Rachel and Sarah played really well together,” Behnke said.
“They were part of that team chemistry where everyone banded together and had a solid day.”

Scottsbluff’s No. 3 doubles team of Tieesha Alsides and Kaleigh Hafner turned in a 3-3 record.

Gering was led by their No. 1 doubles team of Sheridan Blanco and Arianna Guel, who finished at 3-3.

Hershey was in town on April 28 for a dual match at Scottsbluff.

The Bearcats will then be on the road for a match against McCook on April 29, followed the next day by the McCook Invitational.

Gering will also compete in the McCook Invitational on Saturday.

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