Wa-Hi girls tennis team edges Bombers

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School picked up a narrow Mid-Columbia tennis match win over visiting Richland Tuesday, defeating the Bombers 4-3 after sweeping them in doubles play.

“We have always matched up well against Richland and today was no different,” Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck said. “All but two of the matches were close. All three doubles teams earned valuable points for us today.”

Wa-Hi’s Rosa Tobin and Mari Arceo won a tiebreaker 8-6 for the second set to pick up a victory at No. 1 doubles. Jaime Quaresma and Lexi Swenson fell a set back before winning a tiebreaker in the second set of their No. 2 doubles match and won the second set in a 7-3 tiebreaker to force a third set, which they won 6-2.

Jennifer Bautista and Jazmin Duran rolled at No. 3 doubles, defeating Richland’s Taiana Gardaya and Julia Duncan in straight sets.

Rachel Schueller was within a game of securing a win in No. 1 singles that would have also secured a team victory for the Blue Devils, but Richland’s Anna Lipton prevailed in a second-set 7-1 tiebreaker to force a third set, which she won 6-0.

Allison Mehn provided Wa-Hi’s winning point in the No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Richland’s Maria Tartakovsky.

“We have a busy week — it always is this time of the season,” Peck said. “However, whether it is at the beginning or the end of a tough week like this one, the girls can be counted on to battle hard and fight for every point.”

The Blue Devils host Kamiakin Thursday at 3 p.m.

WA-HI 4, RICHLAND 3

SINGLES — Anna Lipton, Rich, def. Rachel Schueller, Wa-Hi, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0. Allison Mehn, Wa-Hi, def. Maria Tartakovsky, Rich, 6-0, 6-2. (7-3). Maria Garcia, Rich, def. Catelyn Buettner, Wa-Hi, 6-2, 6-4. Rylee Dewitt, Rich, def. Danielle Thongdy, Wa-Hi, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

DOUBLES — Rosa Tobin/Mari Arceo, Wa-Hi, def. Hailey Thompson/Madeline Quick, Rich, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Jaime Quaresma/Lexi Swenson, Wa-Hi, def. Hallie Carey/Claire Andrus, Rich, 4-6, 7-6, (7-3), 6-2. Jennifer Bautista/Jazmin Duran, Wa-Hi, def. Taiana Gardaya/Julia Duncan, Rich, 6-1, 6-0.

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