Friday, April 6, 2007

Wolverines tip the balance in their favor

Gritty tennis effort in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Coming out on top of a three-set match for Wood River over Burley were Kira Gardner (shown here) and Tessa Barrow in #1 girls? doubles Photo by David N. Seelig

Fresh off of spring break, the Wood River High School varsity tennis team nabbed its second win of the season, besting Burley 10-2 in Hailey Tuesday.

Coach Vicki Johnston said she was very pleased with the performance by her players in a meet where five of the 12 matches went to three sets. Wood River won four of the five that went the distance.

"The kids were pretty determined and they fought really hard," Johnston said. "I really think their desire to win put them over the top."

Wood River swept four of the five divisions, cleaning up in girls' singles, girls' doubles, boys' doubles and mixed doubles.

Whitney DeBree and Cory Rutkowski elevated their record to 5-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Johnston remarked on what makes the defending Great Basin Conference mixed doubles champions so good.

"Skillwise, they are both really talented players who have a lot of experience. They balance each other out really well, too. Whitney is really fiery and Cory is very calm. They just have a lot of fun out there," Johnston said.

Alex Mallea and Jordan Niedrich gritted out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in #2 mixed doubles.

Also coming out on top of a three-set match were Kira Gardner and Tessa Barrow in #1 girls' doubles. The Wolverines broke serve to take the match.

Tory Lakey and Allison Rust breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 win in the second-seeded match.

Connor Fairman and Morgan Pike shook off a first-set loss to win a very tough #1 boys' doubles match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Wolverines also won #2 boys' doubles with Brendon Freund and Paul Davis, 6-4, 6-3.

Victories by Anna Chrysikopoulos (6-1, 6-1), Tanya Greenwood (6-0, 6-1) and Rachel Kaufman (6-1, 1-6, 6-1) made it a clean sweep for the Wolverines in girls' singles.

Burley claimed two wins in boys' singles. Tristan Tanner fell in the #1 match 6-3, 6-2 and Alex Henning lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. R.J. Forgeon prevailed in the #3 match, 6-4, 6-3.

The Wolverines hosted Jerome Thursday and look forward to home matches against Twin Falls on Tuesday and The Community School next Thursday.

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