Colville Tennis sweeps past Riverside

Kevin Thomas Hulten
Staff Writer

Indian single’s ace Schuh wins in straight sets

Colville Tennis raced past Riverside 5-0 last week to take the road league match.
The Indians were paced by singles ace Cortney Schuh, who made straight-set work of Riverside’s Justine Conley 6-2, 6-2.
The top singles match was initially slowed by a hailstorm and the match began on wet courts placing a damper on the action.
Conley tested Schuh with a powerful first serve and consistent ground strokes, but Colville’s number one battled through her own unforced errors and cruised in straight sets.
“They both played well but (Schuh’s) competitiveness kept her just ahead of Justine,” said Colville Head Coach Phil Johnson.
Colville’s number two singles player Gillian Desmarais also won 6-2, 6-2, over Riverside’s Jessica Foster.
“Gillian struggled early on with inconsistent ground strokes and her opponent was good at hitting a variety of shots,” Johnson added.
But in the end, Desmarais prevailed, as a result of determination and court control.
“Gillian worked hard in the second set to establish more controlled shots that didn’t quite have the same power but got the job done,” Johnson said.
In doubles, the Indians’ top duo Izabella Seeman and ReeAnne Thompson defeated Ally Darden/Shanowa Wickham 6-1, 6-0
Johnson said the duo played well in the first set despite an inability to maximize opportunities at the net.
In the break between sets, Colville’s doubles team discussed a more aggressive volley strategy and set out to attack opponent returns at the net.
“In the second set, they covered the middle and were able to win points much quicker. Both players are excellent at the net, and to not capitalize on their strength seems silly,” said Johnson.
Macy Foulkes/Kora Pitts defeated Raelynn Eastmann/Kai Holquist 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
“Macy and Kora started out strong with powerful cross court ground strokes and strategic passing shots,” Johnson said.
In the second set, the Riverside pair responded with a solid defensive game plan and were able to keep the ball in play much longer.
“It took a couple great rallies and some impressive first serves by Colville to get the win in the tie-breaker,” said Johnson.
Jaci McCombs/Nichole Pierce defeated Jayden Fay/Anna Powers 6-1, 6-4
Johnson: “Jaci and Nichole had their serves going and their net play was respectable in the first set. In the second set, the Colville pair had a few too many unforced errors and some court positioning issues. They were able to still control the set and got the win in two sets.”
Johnson added that he expected his Indians to tighten up their play as the season progressed.
“Many of the errors I am seeing are early season errors. Normally at this time we have been able to make the necessary adjustments.
I know that with just a little more time on the courts, we will start to see some significant improvements,” Johnson concluded, adding that the Indians will need to be on their game after the break as the schedule opens with two matches against traditionally stronger teams: April 10 at home vs. Lakeside and April 11 at Freeman.