Friday, April 29, 2011

Tennis team heads to Boise on a winning roll

Weekend tournament followed by dual meets

Wood River High’s No. 1 mixed doubles team of Jessica Hamil-ton and Raleigh Grossbaum continued its domination of Great Basin Conference oppo-nents Tuesday with a pair of straight-sets wins on the Hailey court. Photo by David N. Seelig

Stretching their winning streaks at home, Wood River High School tennis teams took care of the visiting Burley Bob-cats 10-2 and 11-1 in two Great Basin Conference dual meets Tuesday on the Hailey courts.

Wood River swept the 12 singles matches Tuesday and also came out on top in all four boys' doubles clashes. For the day the Wolverines won 42 of the 48 sets and outlasted Burley 272-82 in number of games won.

On a cold but sunny day Wood River got off on the right foot with a challenging stretch of matches coming up.

The Wolverines compete at the Capital Invitational tour-nament today and Saturday in Boise, then entertain league rival Twin Falls Monday, May 2 at 1 p.m. and visit Sun Valley Tennis Club Tuesday for a tri-meet with The Community School and Minico of Rupert.

Against Burley, Wood River (10-2 overall in dual meets, 12-0 boys and 9-2-1 girls) improved to 6-0 in Great Basin Confer-ence league play this spring.

Coach Vicki Johnston said, "Good day against Burley. The team is getting fired up for Capital—and Burley was a good warm-up. Burley had a pretty solid team with more depth than we've seen in some of our other district matches.

"I was pleased with our fo-cus with getting the job done. We are executing precise shots and playing to win. We have a lot of confidence now and it definitely shows out on the court. My singles players have a game plan and are able to stick with it by playing their game and style. My doubles teams are using hand signals and setting up plays.

"Lily Richards was a perfect example. She was the only one who didn't drop one game. Karl Wilander was so confident he even ran a ball down and hit a tweener (running down a lob and hitting a winner between his legs) His opponent said it was better than Federer!"

Hailey winners were No. 1 boys' singles Karl Wilander (6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Cole Caminiti (6-4, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1) and No. 3 Chase Hutchinson (6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0). Girls' singles winners were No. 1 Erin Mur-phy (6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0), No. 2 Richards and No. 3 Alex Feld-man (6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1).

In boys' doubles, No. 1 Char-lie Grabow-Josh Morell pre-vailed 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) and 6-0, 6-1, and No. 2 William Eagan-Gardner Cord posted wins of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-3. The No. 1 girls' doubles Hannah Baybutt-Margaret Reutter won their matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1.

Raleigh Grossbaum and Jes-sica Hamilton breezed in No. 1 mixed doubles 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1. In No. 2 mixed, Bryan Donoso-Ellen Davis defeated Burley's Christian Hansen-Hailey Masoner 6-0, 6-2, but Hansen-Masoner earned re-venge with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win.

Burley's bright spot was No. 2 girls' doubles where Lexi Crane-Delta Jones won both matches by 6-2, 6-3 scores over Wood River's Michaela Rodri-guez and Megan Kaminski.

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