Grizzlies continue hot start to the season
The Grizzlies (3-0) beat Dallas, Newberg and Forest Grove to get out to a fast start this season, and the difference from the beginning of the week to the end was big, Huston said.
“Definitely a huge improvement from Monday to Thursday,” Huston said. “All the girls are athletic. Each week will be a huge improvement. They’re going to improve as tennis players. Every week. Every match.”
Thursday, the Grizzlies defeated Forest Grove 6-2 after squeaking by Dallas and Newberg 5-3. Caitlan Baker defeated Krystal Estrada 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, Kelsey Allen beat Karimi Naymu in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. The Grizzlies lost at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
The Grizzlies swept the four doubles matches vs. the Vikings.Molly Olsen and Sam Purdy won at No. 1 doubles 7-6, 7-5. At No. 2 doubles, Ellie Solem and Nayelly Cervera won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Lauren Ulvang and Julia Jacobucci won in two sets at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, 6-3. At No. 4 doubles, Amanda Shuller and Rachel Legard came back after losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Huston said she thought the first week of the season was a slow start despite the 3-0 record. She said her players started to figure it out a bit during the Forest Grove match. Part of the reason, she said, was that most of the players were getting used to each other. Only one doubles team (Olsen and Purdy) had played together before.
Also, the competitiveness of playing an actual match as compared to simulated matches in practice has been a new experience.
“The girls get along so well,” Huston said, “Running practices it’s nothing like playing in a match. It’s hard to get into that competitive mode, I think. “The more matches they play, I think they will be able to zone in on the mental side.”
Mac lost 5-3 Monday at West Salem. The Grizzlies play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Tigard.
Notes: Caitlan Baker won all of her matches last week, going 3-0.