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Cards get solid play in IE tourney


The Medical Lake boys’ and girls’ tennis teams hope their play in the Inland Empire Tournament will carry them into the postseason following a week when between the two teams, they lost in their only match of the week in a nonleague contest to 2A Pullman.

The Cardinal girls lost 1-6 to the Greyhounds while the boys were shutout 0-7.

In Inland Empire play, Alyssa Fitzgerald lost to Southridge 1-6, 2-6, defeated Davenport 6-2, 6-1, defeated Mead 6-0, 6-1 and lost to Colville 0-6, 2-6. “Alyssa got a lot of tennis in one day, four matches,” girls’ co-coach Teresa Raby said.

In mixed doubles, Becky Nix and John Pineda, Medical Lake’s No. 1 entry, defeated Gonzaga Prep 6-2, 2-6, 10-7 (super tiebreak for the 3rd set) and lost to Clarkston 0-6, 2-6.

The Cards’ No. 2 mixed doubles duo of Annette Carlson and Tyler Krivolavy lost to Sandpoint, then defeated Clarkston 7-5, 6-2 but were ousted in a loss to Richland 4-6, 6-7(4-7).

Medical Lake’s girls scored an easy 5-0 Northeast A League victory over Freeman, April 25 while the boys fell 3-2 in home matches.

“It’s nice to have the girls back in the win column after our last two league matches,” Eliassen said. “The boys could have pulled out a win with this one.”

Notable was Fitzgerald’s 6-1, 7-6(7-5) at No. 1 doubles. “Alyssa fought for this match,” Raby said. Austin Brown took a three-set victory at No. 1 boys’ singles 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. This was a big win from Austin, Eliassen said. Elijah Farmen lost a marathon 3-hour 7-5, 6-7(4-7), 5-7 at No. 2 boys’ singles.

The Cardinals host Lakeside today (May 8) to wrap up the regular season at 3:30 p.m.

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