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League Match Goes In Loss Column For Cougar Tennis
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Stretching up to make the return at the net is Lady Cougar Sophia Martin, while teammate Makayla Wentzell looks on, in back. The action was during the number one girls doubles match against Hughson in league play on March 18. Marg Jackson/The Times

Hosting Hughson to open their Trans-Valley League schedule, Cougar tennis players took a 6-3 loss on Friday afternoon, March 18.

The three victories came at number two girls singles, number one girls doubles and number two girls doubles.

Coaching the squad this season is first-year head coach Julianne Eavenson.

Rylie Lattig got the win at number two girls singles, defeating her Hughson opponent by a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 decision.

In number one girls doubles, Makayla Wentzell and Sophia Martin battled for their 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win.

“They went into a third set after splitting the sets 1-1 and Makayla Wentzell injured her knee when the score was 3-1 and continued to play through the set and won 6-4,” Eavenson said.

At girls number two doubles, Lily McCracken and Laura Thompson got past their Hughson opponents, 6-2, 7-5.

Boys number one singles Joshua Schut lost in straight sets, 0-6, 3-6; number two Nikolai Lorenzo also fell in straight sets, 0-6, 2-6.

Isabella Nalbandian took a 3-6, 2-6 loss at number one girls singles, then Lattig got a win in the number two singles.

Teaming up for boys number one doubles were EJ Lewis and Sawyer Mello, losing the first set 3-6 and trailing in the second when the match was called.

“Boys number one doubles had to forfeit due to an injury on the court with EJ Lewis,” Eavenson noted.

Boys number two doubles saw Daniel Adams and Collin Haskin falling 0-6, 0-6 and the mixed doubles team of Landon Underwood and Kali Castellanos fought hard but were outlasted by the visiting Huskies, 3-6, 5-7.

This week, the Cougars continue play in the Trans-Valley League, with a pair of home games scheduled.

They were to host Livingston on Tuesday, March 22 after The Times went to press and then are scheduled to welcome Riverbank to town on Friday, March 25 with the matches starting at 3:30 p.m.