Wa-Hi girls take pair tennis wins from Southridge, Eisenhower

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's girls tennis team downed Eisenhower, 4-3, Thursday, a day after taking a win from Southridge Wednesday by the same score.

The matches were part of five matches in five days. Several matches were rained out and rescheduled, leading to the packed week.

"The girls continue to impress me with their ability to deal with pressure and win the close ones," Blue Devil coach Keven Peck said. "We have had three matches in three days and the girls have handled each with the necessary focus and determination to get the job done.

"Once again, we got two solid points in our doubles play from our No. 1 doubles team of Presley Peck and Tianna Cummins, and our No. 2 doubles team Shelby Osborn and Chantel Desjarlais," he said. "Both of these teams continue to play well. Presley and Tianna are playing some of their best tennis and are trying to get as much time together as possible before post-season play. Shelby and Chantel have developed a strong dynamic that has made them tough to beat at the No. 2 spot. I would not be surprised to see them perform well at the district tournament.

"The toughest points for us to win were at the singles spots," coach Peck said. "Eisenhower brought in four tough singles players and we needed to win at least two if those matches for the team win. Claire Konen hung on for a great three set match win 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 over Kayla Long of Eisenhower. Claire continues to play well. She showed her mental toughness and physical growth today. Instead of packing her bags after going down 0-6 in the second set, she battled back and found a way to win. It was impressive.

"Mary Felt in the No. 4 singles spot once again was the last player on the court with the team's fate in her hands. Mary made it easier on herself and the fans this time around with a 6-3, 6-1 win.

"Eisenhower brought all they had and despite it being the third match in as many days, the girls battled out every point. The fact that we have come out on top 4-3 two days in a row is a testament how tough these girls are when the chips are down."

As for Wednesday's victory, "knocking off Southridge is a huge win for the girls," Peck said. "Southridge is always tough. We know a point either way can be the difference between winning and losing. The girls knew how close this match was going to be. Each player stayed focused to their last point and then supported their teammates that were still on the courts."

The girls play at Richland Saturday.

"We still have some tough ones coming up," Peck said. "And, who knows what kind of weather we will be playing in. This week, as with the whole season, the girls have accepted each challenge presented to them with enthusiasm and determination. I am very proud of their efforts."

Wa-Hi 4, Eisenhower 3

SINGLES - Claire Konen, Wa-Hi, def Kayla Long, Ike, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4; Ali Selstead, Ike, def Kristine Leier, Wa-Hi, 6-0, 6-0; Jazmine Okbinoglu, Ike, def Monica Torres, Wa-Hi, 6-0, 6-0; Mary Felt, Wa-Hi, def Kristina Fieisz, Ike, 6-3, 6-1.

DOUBLES - Presley Peck/Tianna Cummings, Wa-Hi, def Tori Klein/Kalie Cross, Ike, 6-2, 6-0; Shelby Osborn/Chantel Desjarlais, Wa-Hi, def Annie Hodges/Kelsey Racey, Ike, 6-1, 6-2; Sarah Lopez/Sophia Pedemonte, Ike, def Allison Mehn/Rosa Tobin, Wa-Hi, 6-2, 6-3.

Wa-Hi 4, Southridge 3

SINGLES - Melissa Long (SR) def. Claire Konen, Wa-Hi, 7-5, 6-4; Natalie Safford (SR) def. Kristine Leier, Wa-Hi, 6-0, 6-0; Monica Torres, Wa-Hi, def. Taylor Odegard (SR) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); Mary Felt, Wa-Hi, def. Shylyn Hass (SR) 7-5, 7-5.

DOUBLES - Presley Peck/Tianna Cummings, Wa-Hi, def. Sarah Morgan/Priscilla Cancado (SR) 6-1, 6-2; Shelby Osborn/Chantel Desjarlais, Wa-Hi, def. Sarah Schwab/Raney Maurer (SR) 6-3, 6-3; Sue Viderio/Victiria Scogin (SR) def. Rosa Tobin/Allison Mehn, Wa-Hi, 6-2, 6-4.

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