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Indians down Rogers High

April 3, 2013

Allison Barbour

Colville idle until after the break

Colville High had no trouble last week beating Rogers High School 6-1 in Spokane.
The Indians swept the singles matches and won two of the three doubles matches.
In singles, Colville No. 1 Tessa Moore won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. CHS No. 2, freshman Darby Fox, also won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Sophomore No. 3 Taylor Little beat Sabrina Brown, 6-2, 6-1 and CHS No. 4 Cassidy Lindback beat Bidhya Bhandari, 6-1, 6-4.
In doubles, the Colville duo of Yelena Kalina/Alyssa Kinebaum downed Rogers’ Margaryta Iatchenko/Allie Hart, 6-1, 6-2.
In No. 2 doubles, Colville’s Alison Barbour/Hannah Greene lost to Jenny Huynh/Tam Nyuyen, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6.
The Indians’ Rebekah Mauer/McKenzie Mitchell downed the Pirates’ Deanna Patrick and Kaila Thompson, 6-0, 6-0.
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Colville hosted Medical Lake last Thursday in a non-league match-up with the Cardinals of the Northeast A League.
CHS is idle this week for Spring Break and will resume action on Thursday, April 11 when Deer Park visits for a Great Northern League match-up.
CHS head coach Phil Johnson was pleased with the way his singles players performed against the Greater Spokane League team.
“All four of our singles players did well against Rogers,” Johnson said. “Apparently, Rogers graduated 18 seniors last year, so they were lacking competitive singles players. Our girls worked hard on their own skills, making the best of some weaker opponents.”

‘perfect match’

In doubles, Colville’s Kinebaum teamed with Yelena Kalina (filling in for an absent Mariah O’Brien) “and easily handled her opponent,” coach Johnson said, adding that “the level of play was not quite as high as I was hoping for.”
In No. 2 doubles, Barbour and Greene, both juniors, were involved in what amounted to the only competitive match-up of the afternoon.
“They faced a pair of decent doubles players and were challenged to the end,” Johnson said. “Both Rogers players had solid overhead shots so it was vital that Allison and Hannah keep the ball low or away from the net players.
“It was the perfect match to get Allison and especially Hannah, the practice they need for upcoming league matches. They were able to work on their shots and strategy at a very competitive level for nearly three hours. They didn’t get the win, but in my mind, they benefited the most out of everyone on our team.”
Mauer and Mitchell, both sophomores, teamed up again and made quick work of their Rogers opponents.
“They are both beginning to show clear signs of improvement,” coach Johnson said. “I anticipate that they will be very competitive in the doubles’ world on our team and against other teams in our league.”

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