Panthers push to the end

CORVALLIS — Wednesday kicked off the start of tennis playoffs for the 5A Mid-Willamette Valley Conference at Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis.

The playoffs spanned three days, with finals on Friday afternoon.

Girls: Starting their day on May 9 at 8 a.m. the Panthers got to work on the courts, playing tirelessly all morning.

Annika Riddell and Elizabeth Chavez took a victory in their first round of doubles against Woodburn opponents, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, and Mattie Berry and Katelyn Trevino also recorded a win against South Albany, 6-4, 6-4.

Dalila Negrete and Molly Scroggins fell to their opponents from South Albany, but the duo appeared to be in good spirits.

“It was good,” Molly Scroggins said.

“We won our first set and we thought we could do better, but, we got a bit cocky,” Negrete said, “‘cause we were winning. So the second set we just thought we were gonna win but we didn’t, and then we went into a third set and lost.”

The duo faced Corvallis in the first consolation round and was defeated, eliminating them from moving forward.

In the first round of singles, Reann Kelly took home a triumph against her opponent.

“It was great — I definitely played my hardest,” Kelly said. “It was a good match — 6-2, 6-2.”

Kelly came to playoffs last year, so she said she knows what to expect over the next two days.

“I played doubles last year, this year I played singles,” she said. “I love singles — I definitely found my zone when I play singles. It’s very independent and you just focus on yourself instead of focusing on another person, and you get to strategize more.”

In her second round later that afternoon, Kelly faced an opponent from Crescent Valley and fell, 6-0, 6-1.

With losses alongside wins, head coach Patti Nevue said the girls played hard.

“They had a great time and came off the court feeling good,”

Patty Youngren,

Panthers Head Coach

In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Lexy Barba was defeated 6-0, 6-0 by Corvallis. Amelia Cantu and Kimi Montes defeated their opponent, 8-4, but fell in the semifinals to Corvallis, losing 8-0.

The girls ended their season fifth place out of eight, with none advancing to the finals.

Boys: The boys took over the courts in the afternoon of the first day, with the doubles matches playing first, followed by singles.

In the first doubles matches, the Panthers took a win against Woodburn, Antonio Martinez and Harrison Eberly defeating their opponents 6-3, 6-4.

Miguel Bauske-Morete and Cade Magill fell to Silverton 6-3, 6-0. Their loss was followed by another doubles win from Moshe Martinez and Alex Jimenez against Woodburn, scoring a victory with a three-set match: 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

It was a rivalry battle for the final doubles match of the afternoon, with Chase Magill and Owen Park rallying against Dragons Bryce Jordan and Casey Tilgner and pulling up a win, 6-3, 6-4.

The Panthers lost their singles matches, but head coach Youngren appeared pleased.

“Terrific tennis,” she said. “I am real proud of them.”

Day two of playoffs saw Antonio Martinez and Eberly going to deuce in nearly every set, according to Youngren, and even though they lost to their opponents from South Albany, 6-3, 6-2, she said their play was their best yet.

Moshe Martinez and Jimenez also took a fall against opponents from Corvallis, who were seeded No. 3, losing 6-1, 6-1.

“They had a great time and came off the court feeling good,” Youngren said.

Park and Magill also faced a defeat against a No. 2 seeded duo from Crescent Valley, but they worked hard in that match, Youngren said. She said Magill’s serve got stronger, they scored a few points each, and Park, being a first-year player, stood his ground as shots were fired against him.

Nathanial Thompson lobbed a win in his first consolation round, but was dominated in his second match, 8-1, signifying the end of the season for him.

Youngren said she is looking forward to next year, and hopes many of the boys will return to play.

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