Draw is best finish for Celt tennis teams

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Lady Celt Ariana Neads reaches for the ball in McNary’s match with South Salem High School Thursday, May 1. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Lady Celt Ariana Neads reaches for the ball in McNary’s match with South Salem High School Thursday, May 1. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School boys and girls varsity tennis teams had something of a rough go of it last week.

In the team’s combined four matches, the best outcome for McNary was a 4-4 draw in the Lady Celts’ stand with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29.

The girls took wins in the No. 1 singles and doubles matches alongside two wins further down the roster.

Junior Sandy Childress won the lead-off singles match with set scores of 6-1 and 6-0. Rachel Morrow followed her lead with a win at No. 2 singles in sets of 6-1 and 6-3.

Megan Thompson and Katie Stignei claimed the lead-off win in doubles, and clawed back from a defeat in the second set. Scores were 6-1, 6-7 and 6-4. Sami Trowbridge and Ariana Neads won in No. 2 doubles with scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

Taslima Sidhu took a set off her West Salem opponent, but the final set fell to the Titan. Cambria Rushton and Katherine Patterson also took their match to three sets, but the win eluded them, set scores were 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5.

The girls didn’t capture as many match wins in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of South Salem High School Thursday, May 1, but the Celts weren’t bowled over in any match. Childress took a singles win with consecutive 6-1 sets. Neads and Trowbridge won in sets of 6-3 and 7-5.

Patterson and Rushton gave their Saxon counterparts a run for their money in the first set with a score of 6-7 and a tiebreaker that went to South. The Celtic duo won the next one 6-4, but fell 6-2 in the final set to give South the win.

The Saxons’ depth and strength down the roster proved too much for the Celts to overcome, said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach.

The boys were steamrolled 7-1 by the Titans in their match Tuesday, April 29. Senior John Reid got a win at No. 1 singles in a pair of 6-0 sets.

Zach Staley and Erik Cid drew out their match to straight 6-4 sets. Carlos Flores and Pedro Reyes dueled it out to a 6-4 final in the first set, but lost the second 6-2.

Reid also got the only win in a non-league match with Sherwood High School Monday, May 5. He won in a pair of 6-0 sets, but the singles players did not go quietly into the night. Payton Williams lost in sets of 6-3 and 6-2, Eli Purser battled to set scores of 7-6 and 6-3. Cid improved on his 6-2 first set to 6-4 in the second set despite taking the loss in the No. 4 singles spot.

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