• James Townsend

Raider Tennis Falls to Rams 5-3

The PHS girls’ tennis team lost to the Holt Rams on Tuesday, 5-3. Singles No. 1 — Riley Gilman, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, def. Rebekah Leduma, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2 — Christina Abel, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, def. Ainsley Ludema, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 — Kayla Weller, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, def. Harley Noecker, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 — Kenzie Greene, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, def. Taylor Jenks, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-3 Doubles No. 1 — Logan Vorce-Amanda Szymborski, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, def. Riley Thelen-Rachel VanHouten, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 6-0, 7-5

No. 2 — Madison Seymour-Shelby Palmer, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, def. Julia Savage-Samantha Weber, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 6-1, 6-4

No. 3 — Maura Lufkin-Novelle Matteson, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, def. Mariah Jackson-Jaelyn Evans, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 6-4, 7-6 (6)

No. 4 — Emily Bigelow-Mya Collins, PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL, def. Chloe Austin-Sara Miller, HOLT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 5-7, 6-3, 11-9;

Coach Jim Niebling said of the match, “As usual, we did not get a break from playing a strong team, this time in Holt, a division 1 team who is set up to perform well in their regional. And again, we took a step forward and were able to see our players competing better on each court. The most positive result from today is that our young flights got exactly what they needed: tough competition, close matches, and wins. When the matches got close, both our 3 and 4 doubles focused on executing and did just that, closing out both matches in tiebreakers while all their teammates watched. The match of the day goes to 4 doubles, Emily Bigelow and Mya Collins, who dealt with the pressure of having a match on the line with poise.”

The Raiders are scheduled to begin regional competition on Thursday, May 17th.

File photo by Pam Burgess.

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