DALLAS -- Expectations were quite high indeed for the Dallas girls tennis team entering the 2001 season.
But maybe they weren't high enough.
"Our girls are performing better than we thought they would for this time of the season," Lady Dragons coach Julie Peterson said after Dallas moved to 5-0 on the season with an 8-0 rout of visiting Lebanon March 21. We knew that some of our girls were young and had a little bit less experience. Plus, we had a foreign exchange student (Chrissie Lihs) who had really good skills but needed to work on the competitive part of the game.
"They've all adjusted really well. We'll be playing some stronger teams later in the season, but this has been a really nice lead-in. We've had some nerves, but now the kids are getting used to pressure situations."
There was little if any pressure in the matchup with Lebanon. The only singles pairing that was remotely in doubt was the No. 4 match, won 6-3, 6-3 by Dallas' Emily Flaming.
Nicole Boyer won the No. 1 match 6-2, 6-0, and Lihs won 12 straight games in the No. 2 match. No. 3 Cherish Brady won 6-1, 6-4.
The doubles matches were even more of a runaway. Dallas top two teams -- Anna Ellingson and Lianne Hoffman, and Karmen Bleich and Lessita Lorin -- didn't lose a single game.
Bissie Holton and Lacey Austin strolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win, and Laura Fisher and Julia Putintsev also won with ease, 6-0, 6-1.
Dallas also blanked McNary 8-0 March 21 at home, but a few of the matches were a bit more competitive.
Lihs dropped the opening set before beating Sarah Coburn, and Fisher and Putintsev won a third-set tiebreaker to down Mandy Ziebart and Ann Frey.
The Lady Dragons will be off for spring break until April 5, when they host Forest Grove in their Pac-9 Conference opener. That will be followed by the Dallas Invitational April 7 at Crescent Valley.
"Our first (Pac-9) match shouldn't be that challenging," Peterson said. "Historically, Forest Grove isn't one of the better teams in the league. We're looking at Tigard, Tualatin, McMinnville and Canby. Those teams should be the competitive part of our season."
DALLAS 8, MCNARY 0
March 21, at Dallas
(Dallas players listed first)
Nicole Boyer def. Carey Lawry 6-0, 6-4; Chrissi Lihs def. Sarah Coburn 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3; Cherish Brady def. Sophie Long 6-1, 6-1; Emily Flaming def. Brianna Witts 6-3, 6-4.
Lessita Lorin-Karmen Bleich def. Katelyn Moneke-Kym Pesola 6-2, 6-1; Anna Ellingson-Lianne Hoffman def. Annette Saucedo-Justine Jephson 6-0, 7-5; Bissie Holton-Lacey Austin def. Bethany Staats-Kelsey Killen 7-5, 6-2; Laura Fisher-Julia Putintsev def. Mandy Ziebart-Anna Frey 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4).
Extra doubles matches
Amy Cordy-Rachel Reber, Dallas, won 8-2; Liz Repko-Crystal Coxson, Dallas, won 8-2.
DALLAS 8, LEBANON 0
March 22, at Dallas
(Dallas players listed first)
Boyer def. Haines 6-2, 6-0; Lihs def. Corbitt 6-0, 6-0; Brady def. Spasaro 6-1, 6-4; Flaming def. Zucker 6-3, 6-3.
Ellingson-Hoffman def. Sperle-Price 6-0, 6-0; Bleich-Lorin def. Meek-Searls 6-0, 6-0; Holton-Austin def. Evans-Jackson 6-1, 6-2; Fisher-Putintsev def. Collins-Macke 6-0, 6-1.