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Raider tennis off to soggy start

 

Isaiah Baty returns a volley to a Wilbur opponent Monday night at Lake Roosevelt. He won his singles match. - Scott Hunter photo

The Raider tennis team's first match on the new court surface at Lake Roosevelt was delayed an hour due to rain on Friday.

Because of the delay, Head Coach Steve Archer said, the format was changed.

"So we shortened the format by playing eight game pro-sets, instead of two-out-of-three sets," he explained.

Besides the weather, Raider Tennis was dealt another blow before the match even started. After grade checks Wednesday, seven players were declared ineligible for the match.

"The result was more than half of the varsity team is first-year players," Archer said.

The Raider boys still came away with a 3-2 win. Coach Archer said he was impressed with the playing spirit of the first-year players, noting Will Friedlander, Malcom Carson, and Aiden Derr.

On the girls' side, the Raiders could not record a victory but did have some great play. Archer pointed out Hannah Williams' play as an example of determined play. "Hannah, at number three singles, was up 7-4 but couldn't get that last game, losing in a tiebreaker 7-4," he said.

The Raiders hosted Wilbur-Creston last night. Today the Raiders head north for Central Washington League action at Oroville starting at 4 p.m.

Friday at 4 p.m. the Raiders will take on Davenport.

OPPONENT: Pateros

LOCATION: LRHS

Boys' Team won 3-2

BOYS SINGLES: Isaiah Baty lost 8-0 to Enrique Rojas. Corban Wilder won by forfeit. Will Friedlander won by forfeit.

BOYS DOUBLES: Malcom Carson & Aiden Derr lost 8-3 to Preston Garcia & Armondo Rojas. Cristian Ruiz & Josh Wilder won 8-3 vs. Isaac Wall & Ethan Williams.

Girls' team lost 5-0

SINGLES: Harmony Witten lost 8-2 to Emma Lee Loft. Areielle White lost 8-5 to Ireland Looper. Hannah Williams lost 9-8 (7-4) to Anna Blackburn.

GIRLS DOUBLES: Tanya Ang & Rylee Pitner lost 8-3 to Julia Karkkainen & Beatriz Morales. Mary Clark & Alaynah Herman lost 8-2 to Irish Easter & Lorie LeDoux.

JV MATCHES

Boys: Bradley Wilder & Tanya Ang defeated Luis Solis & Lupe Martinez 8-0.

Girls: Keianna Vera & Rylee Pitner lost to Fiona Maitland & Shannon Smith 8-1.

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