Central's MacCarthy wins consolation title

The junior bounces back after a first-round loss in the girls state tennis tournament.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central's LeighAnne MacCarthy won the consolation singles title May 15-17 in the Class 4A-1A state tennis tournament at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club.

But the CHS junior came away from the event mainly wishing she'd lasted a big longer in the championship bracket.

"It was kind of disappointing to play in consolation," she said. "There wasn't as much competition. But I definitely enjoyed it even though it was a little disappointing."

MacCarthy played doubles at state last season with since-graduated sister Shannin. The two MacCarthys advanced to the championship match last season but lost a three-setter.

"I definitely enjoy playing doubles more," LeighAnne MacCarthy said. "You get to be with a partner. It's more involved and fun. Singles is cool because you earn everything you get, but I enjoy doubles more."

MacCarthy lost to Catlin Gabel junior Rivfika Shenoy 7-6 (2), 7-5 in the first round.

She had little trouble in her three consolation matches. She whipped Raji Nagalla of Oregon Episcopal School 8-3 and Ashley Borden of Umatilla 8-2 in two pro-set matches before nearly blanking Baker's Courtney Petry 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation final.

Central's Christine Bansen also qualified for state. She beat Petry 6-2, 6-1 in the first round but lost to third-seeded Zoey Martin from Marist 6-1, 6-1 in the second.


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