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GIRLS TENNIS: Central's Monique Reynero uses smart play to bring wins at No. 1 singles

INDEPENDENCE -- Opponents are beginning to learn that when Monique Reynero drops the first set against them, there's no time to relax.

Central’s Monique Reynero has lost just twice in Special District 2 play this season at No. 1 singles.

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Central’s Monique Reynero has lost just twice in Special District 2 play this season at No. 1 singles.

April 24, 2013

INDEPENDENCE -- Opponents are beginning to learn that when Monique Reynero drops the first set against them, there's no time to relax.

That's because the Central senior has already calculated how to win the next two -- and the match.

"She's been playing really, really smart," Central coach Dave Eble said of his No. 1 singles player.

"She feels out her opponent in the first set and then figures out a strategy in the second and third sets to be successful. By the time the third set comes around, she's pretty dominant."

Reynero came from behind in her match Thursday, dropping the first set to Madras' Stephanie Garcia 6-2 before rebounding for 7-5, 6-2 wins in the final two sets.

So far, Reynero has lost just two matches in Special District 2 play.

Also winning their matches Thursday for the Panthers were the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams of Kira Schmidt and Melissa Whitaker and Erin Mathews and Liz Olson.

Schmidt and Whitaker, both singles players at the start of the season, have started to find their groove as of late, as the duo defeated Madras' Kaitlyn Carter and Mercedes Lawrence 6-4, 7-5 Thursday.

"They're doing a good job and they're picking it up," Eble said of the duo, which stands at 4-2 in league play. "I look for them to come along and be right up there at district time. They're finally starting to learn doubles and they're starting to think a little bit."

Olson and Mathews have also been strong at the No. 2 spot, as they've lost just one match in league play (4-1). The team defeated Madras' Lorena Alanso and Wendy Galan 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

PANTHERS FALL TO SANTIAM CHRISTIAN: The two squads tied, 4-4, Monday, but Santiam Christian came away with a 9-8 set advantage for the victory. Reynero was the lone winner for Central at singles, while Schmidt and Whitaker, Olson and Mathews and Megan Stutzman and Yahaira Meza won their doubles matches.