- James Townsend
Raider Tennis Falls to Haslett
On Wednesday, the Vikings of Haslett defeated the Portland girls tennis team six to two. Singles No. 1 — Marla Küsel, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def . Ainsley Ludema, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 — Anuva Suresh, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def . Danielle Curtiss, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 — McKenna Arkell, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def . Kayla Weller, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 — Siwon Han, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def . Taylor Jenks, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-1 Doubles No. 1 — Rebekah Leduma-Rachel VanHouten, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, def. Anjani Raja-Sophia Vogelsang,HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL 7-5, 7-5
No. 2 — Lauren Hill-McKenna Bartley, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def. Riley Thelen-Samantha Weber,PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 — Delaney Andridge-Victoria Brown, HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kayla Weller-Julia Savage,PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 6-2, 7-6 (10)
No. 4 — Emily Bigelow-Novelle Matteson, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, def. Ally Michaud-Noor Pawar,HASLETT HIGH SCHOOL 6-3, 6-3;
Coach Jim Niebling said, “We opened up play at home against a very strong and experienced Haslett team. Although the scores may not quite show it, there was good competition on every court. We learned that this team full of young blood has the potential to be very competitive, as long as we continue to dedicate ourselves to working hard and improving every day. The match of the day goes to 1 doubles. When the girls were down 5-4 in the second set, they composed themselves and did not panic; they focused on playing their patterns and working as a team. It paid off with a win and some self-awareness.”
After the match, Rachel VanHouten said, "We learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to work on."
The Raiders next match is at Lakewood on Thursday the 12th.