It was an up-and-down week for the Columbia High girls tennis team.
Up in that the Bruins won a home meet on the Park Center Courts last Thursday against a short-handed Stevenson side, 4-1, with two defaults.
The next day, the Bruins entertained Three Rivers Christian of Longview. The visitors prevailed 3-2 as they took two out of three singles matches.
Senior Emily Lockman defeated Hannah Miller of Stevenson in two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
“Emily played really well,” said Bruins Coach Tammy Carter. “She was very patient and steady. She kept getting the ball back until she had her shot and then she took it.”
Stevenson defaulted the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches because it didn’t have enough players to fill all the spots in its varsity lineup.
In doubles, both matches were decided in straight sets.
CHS’s Kenzie Chase and Roz Slater downed Leslie Ramos-Vazquez and Hannah Cole in No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 7-5.
“This was such a close and good match,” Carter noted. “Kenzie and Roz were down in the second set 1-5 and they won the next six games to get a great win.”
Christine Garza and Jaclyn Markey lost their No. 2 doubles match, 7-5, 6-4, to the Bulldogs’ Kes Rhodehamel and Jess Ziegenfuss.
“This also was a close match,” Carter said. “Christine and Jaclyn were down 1-4 in the first set and made their opponents play more games to win the set. These two never gave up and played great.”
Against Three Rivers, Chase teamed up with Chloe McLaughlin for a 6-3, 7-5 win in No. 1 doubles. Garza and Mackey fell in No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-1.
In singles action, Lockman played a girl in the No. 1 match who has gone to the State tournament two years in a row. She lost in two sets, 6-3, 6-0.
“She’s a very tough opponent to beat but each time Emily plays her, she gets a few more games.”
Sophie Wenz took the loss in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-1, while Lemmon was victorious in No. 3 singles, 7-6, 6-3.
Coming up: The Bruins had three meets left on the 2019 regular season schedule at the outset of this week: April 30 at Three Rivers Christian, May 2 at Tenino, and May 7 at Castle Rock.