Central gets a little competition -- but still wins

Shannin and Leigh Anne MacCarthy beat the top team from St. Mary's.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central girls tennis coach Bruce Beltz has had one and only one problem this spring -- finding a little competition for his undefeated squad.

The Lady Panthers found little of that April 26 as they improved to 10-0 on the season with a 7-1 victory at Molalla.

A day later, though, Beltz took his top doubles team of Shannin MacCarthy and Leigh Anne MacCarthy to Philomath for a match against a team from St. Mary's of Medford. One of the St. Mary's players was on the team that won the state doubles title last season.

The two MacCarthy sisters downed the St. Mary's duo 6-4, 6-2.

"I have been trying for some time to set up a match for them against St. Mary's," Beltz said. "But it's just so far down there. Then, we found out they were playing a match at Philomath. I took Shannin and Leigh Anne down there, and they played after the Philomath match.

"Shannin and Leigh Anne played incredibly well. They won, and they looked good doing it. You never know what's going to happen, but it obviously speaks very well about their quality and potential for doing well at district and state."

Freshman Estacia Aanes stepped into the CHS lineup against Molalla because Katie Ilg was out of town and posted a 7-6 (7), 6-2 win at No. 4 singles.

"She did a great job," Beltz said. "She's just a little fireplug, battling all over the court."

Jessica Udell won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, but Stacia Fry dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision at No. 2. Eden Olsen captured a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win at the No. 3 spot.

The MacCarthy sisters rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 squad of Maarja Simila and Stephanie Billimon similarly won 6-3, 6-1. Kacey Parks and Christine Bansen, and Christina Henderson and Natasha Ruegsegger won in straight sets as well.

Central will close the regular season Thursday, May 3 at home against Stayton. The Special District 2 Tournament is set for May 10-11 at Sun River.

"We haven't lost a match, yet, and everybody is playing well," Beltz said. "Jessica Udell is playing well at No. 1 singles. Our No. 1 doubles team is playing well. The younger girls are playing fantastic. They're all doing well."


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