Bulldog LingXing Schoch fires her backhand over the net in her first match of the day facing the number one from Northwest Christian, Jessi Thomas. The two schools have played once already this season, but this is the first home court advantage Montesano has had all year, as rain has kept them off the courts.
Bulldog April Easter plays the number two position against Northwest Christian’s Ariana Rivera in the first home tennis match for Montesano this year. The Bulldogs are well into the season but rain has kept them from playing on their home court.
Johanna Brulotte and Kayla Whitney (back court), make quick work of the doubles team from Northwest Christian, Quynh Tran and Joosil Kim, in the first set of their match at Montesano’s first home game this season.
MONTESANO — For Montesano tennis, it has been a season of canceled games and traveling to make matches. In their first home court advantage they drew, for the second time this season, the girls of Northwest Christian High School, and delivered a 4-1 victory over the Navigators.
“We played solid today,” said head tennis coach Theresa Helland. “Up and down the line, we just seemed to be a little better.”
The win came on the heels of their recent narrow loss to King’s Way, 3-2. Only able to gain ground in single matches, Kingsway took the number three singles match and both double matches.
“The match of the day against King’s Way was the three hour number one singles match,” Helland said.
Plying in that position, Bulldog LingXing Schoch battled from a 2-5 deficit in the first set to tie it at 5-5. Schoch then dropped the next two games and lost, 7-5. Taking a different approach in the second set, Schoch was able to bring the match back even. The third set, Schoch was again down 2-5, tied it again at 5-5 and continued to fight and win several deuce points to take the win 7-5 for Montesano.
“In that game there was great effort from both players,” Helland said.
Ready for a win at home, the girls gathered their rackets and focused their forehands on the opposite side of the net and the team from Northwest Christian. Making the game seem easy and like they had been applying topspin all season the Lady Bulldogs made quick work of the home court advantage.
Set up on the far court, the Montesano doubles pair of Kayla Whitney and Johanna Brulotte, took two fast sets from Navigators Qutnh Tran and Joosil Kim, 6-0, 6-1. The tag team of quick volleys and good net work drew fast points and a slick victory.
Set at center court, the number one singles game saw a rested Schoch take on Northwest Christian’s Jessi Thomas. Schoch worked at a rampant pace and finished her game stinging Thomas 6-0, 6-0. As the number ones were testing each other, the number two players, Bulldog April Easter and Navigator Ariana Rivera had similar results. Easter dispensed Rivera 6-1, 6-1.
Bailey Malizia, the number three single player for Montesano, kept her team in the lead with her win in two straight sets over Tiffany Dang, 6-1, 6-0.
Navigators Jedyn Ledesma and Elizabeth Schumaker did come out on top with a win in the second doubles match, 6-0, 6-0, over Bulldogs Miranda Woeholer and Katie Ayers.
The Bulldogs have just three more matches prior to the May 18, tennis district playoffs start. A rode trip to Stevenson on May 9, back at home against White Salmon on May 11 and a double header with both Tenino and King’s Way at Montesano on May 14.