Cheney girls tennis finishes second in Great Northern League

SPORTS - Tennis Pep talk - 05142015

The Cheney High girls’ tennis team wrapped up their regular season on a high note with a 4-3 win against Pullman, May 7. The Blackhawks ended the year with a 6-2 Great Northern League record, 10-4 overall, and a second-place finish in the league standings. Prior to the Pullman win, Cheney lost 6-1 to Clarkston, May 5.

The Blackhawks’ swept the Greyhounds in singles play while all three of Pullman’s doubles teams defeated Cheney’s.

Bridget Calvert, No. 2 singles, capped her undefeated season — in both league and nonleague competition — with a win over the Greyhounds’ Jackie McAleer (6-0, 6-1). Calvert was the only Cheney player to score a victory in the May 5 match against Clarkston.

Katelynn Smedley, No. 1 singles, defeated Pullman’s Maddie Kasimanickam (6-3, 6-1).
Grace Pohl defeated Pullman’s Priscilla Chiang (6-4, 6-0). Emily Howard, No. 4 singles, came back from a one-game deficit to defeat the Greyhounds’ Jagjeet Gill (2-6, 6-2, 6-3).

Before the match, seven seniors were honored for Senior Day: Smedley, Pohl, Kaitlyn Sweeney, Leanna Eik, Rachel Hansen, Sarah Fillmore and Linsay Sweitzer.

In addition to Calvert’s run at singles, head coach Jason Overland attributes the team’s success to the seniors who have led the team.

“Their experience is something that’s helped us a lot this season,” Overland said.

For Smedley, her final match on the Cheney court was both exciting and sad.

“This was four years of my life, but I’m ready to start playing tennis in college,” Smedley said.

Cheney travels to Washington State University in Pullman to compete in GNL districts, May 15-16.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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