Pirates sweep singles matches in 5-2 tennis win over Blue Devil girls

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YAKIMA - Davis swept all four singles matches here Thursday en route to a 5-2 Big Nine Conference girls tennis victory over Wa-Hi.

Paige Toop led the way for the Pirates, defeating Allison Mehn of the Blue Devils 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match. Davis also got singles wins from Meg DeMond, Erica DeMond and Hannah Besso.

Wa-Hi chalked up only points in the first two doubles matches.

Claire Konen and Rachel Schueller teamed up to defeat Catherine Meyer and Katy Jach 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Chantel Desjarlais and Rosa Tobin combined for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lily Naughton and Bella Pena at No. 2 doubles.

"We had more success in our doubles play," Blue Devils coach Keven Peck said, noting that Konen and Schueller were playing together for the first time.

"They got off to a slow start," Peck said. "But once they gained some confidence and understanding of each other's play, they dominated Davis' No. 1 doubles team. I was really impressed with the way they responded after dropping that first set."

Peck was pleased in general with his team's performance against "a really strong Davis team."

"I was impressed with our poise and competitiveness," the coach said. "Our singles girls stayed in points and battled hard. But it was clear they were all up against some of the best singles players in the league.

"This is a great group of girls. They all understand that getting better is a process. After each match, our discussions were about taking the positive points of the match back to our practice courts and using those points to get better. Regardless of match scores, these girls have shown a great deal of improvement over the past week and I expect that to continue."

Wa-Hi is back in action Saturday when the Blue Devils entertain Kennewick at 10 a.m.

Davis 5, Wa-Hi 2

SINGLES - Paige Toop, Dav, def Allison Mehn. WW, 6-0, 6-1; Meg DeMond, Dav, def Jaime Quaresma, WW, 6-0, 6-0; Erica DeMond, Dav, def Danielle Thongdy, WW, 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Besso, Dav, def Hailey Lewis, WW, 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES - Claire Konen/Rachel Scheuller, WW, def Catherine Meyer/Katy Jach, Dav, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Chantel Desjarlais/Rosa Tobin, WW, def Lily Naughton/Bella Pena, Dav, 6-3, 6-3; Sandia Kim/Haley Hargreaves, Dav, def Maria Arceo/Lexi Swenson, WW, 6-4, 7-5.

Team Scores - Davis 5, Wa-Hi 2.

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