The sun was shining on the courts as the South women’s tennis team got back on track with a win over McNary last Thursday afternoon. The Saxons move to 8-0 in league play and 8-1 overall, after losing to South Eugene in a non-Greater Valley Conference match on Tuesday.
All 8 matches of the day featured incredible performances for the Saxons. Facing last year’s GVC semi-finalist in Hannah Childress, freshman Abby Fedor nearly took a hard fought second set. Childress won the match 6-1, 7-6. In the battle of the Catherine’s, South’s Catherine Hu played in the 2-singles spot went three sets against McNary’s Katherine Perez, eventually losing 2-6, 7-6, 4-6. South picked up the remaining two singles wins, as senior Sara Komoda topped senior Dianna Cervantes 6-4, 6-4 and sophomore Madison Hadden beat McNary’s Tanveer Sandhu 6-0, 6-1.
On the doubles side, first time partners Jillian Studer and Chloe Elmore beat their opponents in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. The win kept Jillian undefeated in the doubles spot on the season. Kate Paluska and Selbie Christenson won in similar fashion, 6-1, 6-1 as did Lindsay Flood and Kellie McSween, 6-0, 6-1. The final pairing consisted of junior Meg Takara and senior Emily Pakulak who ended their match with a win, 6-0, 6-4. This was Pakulak’s first varsity match of her career.
The 6-2 win moves the Saxons into contention for the GVC championship as they head into their final four league matches. They face 2nd place McMinnville on Tuesday in McMinnville and 3rd place West Salem on Thursday at STSC. Both matches start at 4:00PM.