As of Wednesday, May 11, 2016
DALLAS — Dallas’ boys and girls tennis teams could be ready to make a big impact at the Mid-Willamette Conference district championships this Wednesday through Friday.
Senior Thomas Gniadecki earned the top seed in the boys singles bracket, while the doubles pair of Joe Gillette and Josh Dudley earned the seventh seed.
Caedmon Blair, Cole Oace and Luis Zavala and the doubles pairs of Evan Koons and Honorio Colipano, Travis Wilson and Michael Friesen, and Ryan Bibler and Randy Mullins are unseeded, but coach Caleb Gillette said that doesn’t mean anything once they step onto the court.
“They know they have to play their best, but once you’re out there, what matters is how you perform,” Gillette said.
The girls squad also hopes to make a mark at the district tournament.
The doubles pair of Addie Gillette and Lynn Gumpinger is seeded fourth in the girls bracket, while Megan Ronco and Amanda Schafer will enter seeded eighth.
The girls team’s singles players, Emily Cuno, Molly Peffley, Morgan Bateman and Kinzi Boer, enter the tournament unseeded, but coach Jordan Sollman has high expectations.
“I think we have a lot of girls who could potentially do something at districts,” girls Sollman said. “We’ve worked on some things that we struggled with, especially that last week of the regular season, and are putting ourselves in a good position to do well.”
The top four in the singles and doubles brackets advance to state.
For the Dragons, this week represents the culmination of a season full of growth and learning and coaches are excited to see how it all comes together,
“Districts is always fun to see the girls get really competitive,” Sollman said. “For a lot of them, this is what they play for, to get to this position where they’re at now and compete with the very best in our league.”