Salem — After some driving around, confusion, and searching for the right location, the McDaniel Mountain Lions arrived at McKay High School in Salem on Thursday for a dual meet with the McKay Lady Scots, making the trek down the I-5 corridor from Portland to play the Lady Scots on their beautiful, newly constructed tennis courts on campus. Entering the meet, McDaniel put a 2-0 record on the line against McKay, who sat at 0-2 and were searching for their first win of the season.
Top singles player Janice Lee clashed with McKay’s Grace Caldwell in the best pairing of the meet, featuring an opening set that went to an extra game to decide a victor, with Lee ultimately capturing it 7-6 in the first set. Lee would complete a victory with a 6-3 second set win, picking up a strong win for McDaniel out of the gate. Vivian Voqui faced Piper Martin in the #2 singles match, with Voqui winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 over Martin. Greta Boelling finished off a McDaniel singles sweep in the #3 pairing, taking out McKay’s Belinda Olea in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
Over in the doubles department, McKay would take home their lone victory of the meet in the #1 match. Shatu Mohammed and Ashley Monroe pulled a straight set sweep over Minh Anh Ta and Stephanie Nguyen 6-3, 6-2, improving the pair’s record to 2-0 this season in the top-flight doubles. Amerlia Stratton and Catherine McCandless responded for McDaniel in the #2 doubles, going 6-2, 6-1 to defeat Anastasia Bogdanich and Martiza Torres. The final doubles pair Hadley Emerson and Lucy Kiniser swept Halley Diaz and Miesha Gallegos 6-3, 6-2, completing a 7-1 McDaniel victory over McKay in Salem.
With the win, the Mountain Lions improve to 3-0 in 2022, McKay drops to 0-3 on the season. The Lady Scots host a doubleheader against Summit and Bend on Saturday, McDaniel visits Sandy on Friday.