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Lady RedHawks top Trojans on court
The Orland and Colusa High girls tennis teams renewed acquaintances in Orland on Thursday, and it was the RedHawks who battled to a 6-3 win.
Colusa came in with the edge in experience, and the experience paid off.
"We're returning two of our top six from last year in Coral Imhoff and Cheyenne Laux," said RedHawks coach Dak Kalisuch. "Everybody else played, we have no rookies."
Imhoff outlasted Raquel Ontiveroz in the ace match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; while Laux took Christine Heise in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.
Colusa's other two wins both went the distance, with Ann Kalisuch holding off Alma Lopez 6-4, 5-7, 6-1; and Kodie Solias emerging coming back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 decision.
While Orland has one of its largest squads in recent memories, they are also somewhat green.
"We have 15 which is probably our biggest number in years," said Orland coach George Valentin. "We're a young team, so it's a matter of getting the girls some experience and hopefully they can keep it together."
First-year player Theresa Oakley topped Taylor Davies to grab a win for Orland on Court 2, and Darrian Allen secured the other singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 decision against Ashley Roman.
Needing just one doubles win to take the match the RedHawks won a pair, with Imhoff/Davies besting Ontiveroz/Oakley 8-4, and Roman/Solias defeating the Heise/Raygoza duo by the same score.
Orland took the second doubles match when Allen/Lopez withstood Laux/Kalisuch 8-6.
The match gave coach Kalisuch a good idea of what he has to work with and where his strengths are.
"This (the Orland match) is more a gauge of where we are in the section. Along with Orland and Live Oak, where do we fit in the section. It's early, but these are matches you look back on and see where you match up."
The Lady Trojans are well aware of the school's recent dominance, and it is knowledge that Valentin sees as extremely important.
"Everyone knows the bar has been set very high here, and we want to keep it going," the coach said.
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