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3/27/2013 10:50:00 AM
Tennis team finding the going tough in CTL
Ian Dunn

The Cascade Tennis team took it on the chin against the defending league champs from Cashmere on March 19 Leavenworth. The girls lost 4-1, while the boys were blanked 5-0 by the talented Bulldogs.

The only victory by the girls came in number three singles, where Katie Whitten dominated Maddy Kellar 6-0, 6-0.

"After her match with Omak, Katie went to work, making her game more diverse," said Marcia Smith, Cascade head coach. "Adding a little more variety in shots and a varied pace worked for her."

In number two boys singles, Cascade's Michael Olmstead took a set from Warren Robertson, a state placer from a year ago.

"Warren's style of play makes his opponents run all over the court. We felt Michael was going to be that worthy opponent using his speed to keep the ball in play," she said. "After one set, Michael did just that. But after splitting two set early, Michael just came up short in the third set. Their rematch should be just as interesting, hopefully with a different outcome."

Cascade played at Omak on March 16. The girls lost 4-1, while the boys lost 3-2.

In boys number two doubles, Neil Flodin and Carson Hill defeated Smith/Pearce 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

"Carson and Neil teamed up for the first time and really showed promise as a good doubles team," she said. "The Omak pair has been playing together for two years, so our new team really stepped up in a tight match. I look forward to seeing their improvement through the season."

In number two boys singles, Olmstead played a spirited match against Morgan O'Dell but lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

"In set one, Michael, the counter puncher, was struggling with O'Dell at the net after almost every serve. A tall player has a big wing span so going by or over him is a real challenge," she said. "Michael made some adjustments for the second set that were effective. He began to challenge O'Dell's volley skills by going right at him. In set three, O'Dell went to more baseline play."

In number one singles, Karlson Schlyer lost 7-5, 6-4. In number one doubles, Jose Herrera and Juan Mendoza lost 6-2, 6-1 to Riggle/Layton.

For the girls, number one Cascade's Alex Fletcher lost love, love to Shaylynn Goodall. In number three singles, Danielle Bernsten beat Katie Whitten 6-2, 7-5. In number one doubles, the Cascade duo of Odegard and Kuch lost 6-0, 6-0 to Goodall and Love. In number two doubles, Kaziah-Colvin lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to Cruz/Hassing.

Cascade was set to host Chelan, weather permitting, on March 26. Results were unavailable before press time. On Thursday, the Kodiaks are to host Quincy.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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