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4/3/2013 10:11:00 AM
Cascade Tennis teams pick up first wins of the season
Ian Dunn

The Cascade Kodiak tennis teams picked up their first wins of the season as both the boys and girls won March 28 at Okanogan.

The girls prevailed 3-2 over the Bulldogs. Number one singles, Alex Fletcher, lost 6-3, 6-4 to Jazmin Salgado. Number two singles, Katie Whitten, beat Leanne Clark 6-1, 6-1. Haley Hassinger, playing number three singles, beat Jayde Spencer 6-1, 6-3.

"Katie was on top of her game. Strong serves with great footwork put this match out of reach. She is really improving as the season moves along," said Marcia Smith, Cascade head coach.

Number one doubles, Kendall Loreth/Matilda Thompson defeated Cheeseman/Cardenas 6-2, 6-4. Number two doubles, Kellie Kuch/Nitsa Platis lost 6-3, 6-2 to Foth/Wick.

"Kendall and Matilda played their second match together this season and are coming together nicely as they build chemistry. Kendall is super solid in all areas of her game. Matilda joined up a little later in the pre season but has worked really hard to catch up," she said.

The Cascade boys won 4-1. In singles, number one Karlson Schlyer lost 6-3, 6-2 to Nathan Linklatter. Number two, Michael Olmstead defeated Nick Patterson 6-1, 6-0 and number three Juan Mendoza beat Dawson McCoy 6-2, 6-2.

"This was a solid win for Juan. He really kept control of this match start to finish. I liked to see him finish it out in two sets," she said.

At number one doubles, Jerry Mendoza/Jose Herrera beat Alvarez/Weekly 6-1, 6-0 and number two doubles, Neil Flodin/Carson Hill won 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) over Miller/Nearents.

"First year players Jerry and Jose do not lack for athleticism, but tennis is new for them. I like their attitude. They work hard at practice to be more competitive in matches," she said. "Carson has improved his serve by 95 percent and that is making a big difference. They are scoring a lot of points off return of serve. Neil is improving everyday."

Against Chelan on March 26, both the boys and girls lost 3-2. For boys singles, number one Schlyer lost to Adrien DeBois 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, while number three Juan Mendoza beat Javier Navarro 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. Number two Olmstead lost to Matt Barnes 6-3, 6-0.

"Karlson and his opponent have a similar style, which makes it tough. At times, you feels like you have to change your game to defeat your opponent. But he came back to his game to make it a three setter," she said. "Juan was lulled by the relatively easy first set, but his opponent woke up. That is where your mental toughness comes in. He fought off the urge to force shots to play out long rallies and let the winning shot develop."

In doubles, Herrera/Mendoza lost 6-3, 6-0 to Rosas/Morrison. Hill/Flodin lost 6-3, 6-0 to Hendricks/Jenkins.

For the girls, in singles, Whitten beat Andrea Rainey 7-5, 6-2 at number two. Fletcher lost 6-1, 6-0 to Megan Robinson at number one, while Hassinger beat Corrin Easley 6-1,6-1 in number three singles.

"Katie's opponent was able to return some tough shots in the beginning and it was frustrating. But Katie's fitness is what turned this game around. Her game is solid. She places the ball well and moves all over the court," she said. "Alex has been battling the top girls in our district. I am very proud of the way she has fought hard to the end."

In doubles, Loreth/Thompson lost 7-5, 6-1 to Young/Dietrich and Iba Kaziah/Platis lost 6-4, 6-2 to Miller/Kronbauer.

The Cascade girls are 1-4 league play and 1-5 overall. The boys are 1-4 in league, and 1-4 overall.

The next match for the Tennis team is at home April 9 against Quincy.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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