WALLA WALLA — Kennewick escaped Wa-Hi 4-3 Tuesday afternoon at the Walla Walla Country club in a closely contested Mid-Columbia Conference girls tennis match to open the 2013 season.
Two of the four singles matches were decided in three sets and two of the three doubles matches went the distance.
“The first match of the season is always a good opportunity to see how the girls perform in a match situation,” Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck said. “As usual, they didn’t disappoint in the effort category.
“We only came away with one point in the singles matches, but all of the singles girls put in a great effort. And in our doubles matches, Rosa Tobin and Mari Arceo picked up a point at No. 1 doubles and first-year varsity players Jennifer Bautista and Jazmin Duran teamed up to earn their first varsity point at No. 3.”
The Lions’ Stephanie Buckingham was victorious at first singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wa-Hi’s Allison Mehn. Rachel Schueller provided Wa-Hi’s singles point with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over MyAnn Harris, and Blue Devils Jaime Quaresma and Lexi Swenson battled into a third set before succumbing.
Tobin and Arceo defeated the Kennewick duo of Gaby Garcia and Crystal Mejia 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 at first doubles, and Bautista and Duran prevailed 6-3, 6-2 at third doubles. Wa-Hi’s Hailey Lewis and Danielle Thongdy were defeated in three sets in the No. 2 doubles match.
“I couldn’t ask for a better effort from the girls,” Peck said. “They work hard every day to get better and they battle hard to the last point in every match. With that type of work ethic, winning will take care of itself.”
The Blue Devils return to action Thursday when they travel to Richland to face the Bombers in a 2 p.m. match.
Kennewick 4, Wa-Hi 3
SINGLES — Stephanie Buckingham, Ken, def Allison Mehn, WW, 6-1, 6-0; Rachel Schueller, WW, def MyAnn Harris, Ken, 6-1, 6-2; Hanoor Mahal, Ken, def Jaime Quaresma, WW, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Ester Marin, Ken, def Lexi Swenson, WW, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Rosa Tobin-Mari Arceo, WW, def Gaby Garcia-Crystal Mejia, Ken, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5; Dailee Singer-Ashlyn Oshurn, Ken, def Hailey Lewis-Danielle Thongdy, WW, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; Jennifer Bautista-Jazmin Duran, WW, def Nadine Bare-Dominique Martinez, Ken, 6-3, 6-2.
Team Scores — Kennewick 4, Wa-Hi 3.