Friday, April 13, 2007

Wolverines chew up Bruins on tennis court

Wood River claims 8-4 victory over conference rival

Express Staff Writer

Wood River?s Tessa Barrow (left) and Kira Gardner continued their strong play in girls doubles tennis competition, winning another match Tuesday in Hailey against Twin Falls. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Wolverines chewed up the Bruins on the tennis courts in Hailey Tuesday, serving conference rival Twin Falls an 8-4 defeat.

The Wood River High School tennis team put on strong performances in all divisions, but was especially strong in mixed doubles play, with dominating performances by partners Whitney DeBree and Cory Rutkowski and partners Alex Mallea and Robin Neldrich. The DeBree-Rutkowski combo held their opponents scoreless in a 6-0, 6-0 victory, while the Mallea-Neldrich team defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-3.

The #1 Wolverine girls doubles team of Kira Gardner and Tessa Barrow continued its winning ways as did the boys combo of Connor Fairman and Morgan Pike.

Singles victories were recorded by Wolverines Alex Henning, B.J. Forgeson, Anna Chrysikopoulos and Tanya Greenwood.

Wood River coach Vicki Johnston said her team performed well on a nasty day with temperatures in the high thirties and biting gusty winds.

"But the players hung in there," Johnston said.

The Wood River tennis team is now 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The team hosted Blaine County rivals The Community School Cutthroats on Thursday.

Tuesday's Match results:

Boys singles—Jason Sipes (TF) defeated Tristan Tanner (WR) 6-1, 6-3; Alex Henning (WR) defeated Miles Sayler (TF) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; B.J. Forgeson (WR) defeated Grady Bowman (TF) 6-3, 6-1.

Boys doubles—Connor Fairman and Morgan Pike (WR) defeated Andrew Brooks and Don White (TF) 6-2, 7-6, 7-0; Kolby Claxton and Josh Van Loo (TF) defeated Brendan Freud and Paul Davis (WR) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Girls singles—Anna Chrysikopoulos (WR) defeated Anja Rodriguez (TF) 6-1, 6-2; Tanya Greenwood (WR) defeated Becca Harris (TF) 6-0, 6-4; Rachel Toft (TF) defeated Rachel Kaufman (WR) 6-1, 6-0.

Girls doubles—Kira Gardner and Tessa Barrow (WR) defeated Ella Olmstead and Merideth La Porta (TF) 6-7, 7-2, 6-1, 6-3; Sarah Hawkins and Katie Williams (TF) defeated Tory Lakey and Allison Rust (WR) 6-1, 6-4.

Mixed doubles—Whitney DeBree and Cory Rutkowski (WR) defeated Austin Koe and Emily La Porta (TF) 6-0, 6-0; Alex Mallea and Robin Neldrich (WR) defeated Jordan Critter and Elizabeth Middleton (TF) 6-2, 6-3.

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