The Roseburg girls tennis team is getting an opportunity to play some competition outside the Southwest Conference this weekend.
The Indians are hosting the Roseburg Tennis Invitational, which began Friday and concludes today at the Umpqua Valley Tennis Center.
Teams include Barlow, Bend, Churchill, Grants Pass, Junction City, Mountain View, Sheldon, South Eugene, South Medford, Sprague and Summit.
Roseburg defeated Churchill, 8-0, and downed Mountain View, 8-0, during Friday’s duals.
“It’s helpful, it’s always nice to have a break and see knew people,” Indians coach Jeremy Root said. “We play the same conference schedule each year, so new girls, new coaches, it’s always a good experience and I think it’s good for them, too.”
Lauren Sandfort, a freshman, plays both tennis and golf and bounces between the two sports during the week participating in practice and tournaments. The schedule creates a challenge because it forces her to miss days at school and limits study time. But her older sister, Alexandra, also plays both sports with her.
“It’s very difficult to keep up with schoolwork,” Sandfort said. “Especially missing a lot of days because next week I golf on Monday and Wednesday and have tennis matches Tuesday and Thursday. But it’s definitely worth it.”
Sandfort played a singles match for the first time this season as she usually plays doubles with senior Bailey Norlin-Pritchard, who sat out because of a shoulder injury. Sandfort defeated Heather Davenport of Mountain View, 6-1, 6-0. She also paired with LeeAnn Laws in doubles match, where they defeated Churchill’s Lamanda Saling and Lucy Powers, 6-0, 6-1.
“It’s definitely interesting because you get to see what other skills other girls have,” Sandfort said. “So sometimes it’s more challenging. Sometimes it’s easier so you get to be in a different setting and see what it’s like.”
Sandfort and Norlin-Pritchard will pair up Saturday as the No. 1 doubles team in the semifinals.
“I’m really excited about it (tomorrow), it’s a partnership we’re both mutual about. It’s good chemistry between both of us,” Norlin-Pritchard said. “I think it’s a great experience to get to see other forms of talent who may not be in our conference, but we may see further on in state.”
The Indians have had a successful season so far and look forward to finishing out the regular season, with the district tournament in three weeks.
“I think my main focus is to build a stronger relationship with Lauren on and off the court,” said Norlin-Pritchard. “Get our play really down and hopefully that will carry us through the district tournament. We played together when we were younger. We have been able to change how we play to better fit a certain team we play against.”
Samantha and Mackenzie Eichman, who are sisters, have looked strong, according to Root. They’ve played some close matches against the top players in the state.
Adrienne Powell and Jayda Pieske, the Indians’ No. 1 doubles team, are undefeated and haven’t lost a set all season against some of the top teams in the state.
“They look phenomenal,” Root said.
Powell and Pieske swept both of their doubles matches Friday, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Grace Moyer and Brooklyn Wiggins of Churchill. They also beat Kelsey Leighton and Moruya Harvey of Mountain View, 6-2, 6-3.
Alexandra Sandfort and Stephanie Early, Roseburg’s No. 2 doubles team, are undefeated this season.
Alexandra Sandfort and Early cruised in both of their matches Friday, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Churchill and 6-0, 6-1 versus Mountain View.
“We’re doing really well, I’m impressed. We have a good opportunity to have a great season, and finish well at state,” said Root. “There’s no limit, I think we have potential. It doesn’t mean were going to go win state, but means we can go up there and be among the better teams and do well. Hopefully at district we do the same. We have a lot of girls who play year-round, who have really worked hard to become the players they are.”
Roseburg 8, Churchill 0
Singles — 1. Samantha Eichman, R, def. Youha Tanaka, C, 6-3, 6-2; 2. Mackenzie Eichman, R, def. Nicole Hampton, C, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Parker Bassett, R, def. Brooke Jones, C, 7-5, 6-1; 4. Hannah Jacobson, R, def. Isabel Huey, C, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles — 1. Adrienne Powell-Jayda Pieske, R, def. Grace Moyer-Brooklyn Wiggins, C, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Alexandra Sandfort-Stephanie Early, R, def. Isabella Donovan-Hailey Engstrom, C, 6-0, 6-0; 3. Lauren Sandfort-LeeAnn Laws, R, def. Lamanda Saling-Lucy Powers, C, 6-0, 6-1; 4. Veronica Campbell-Aspen Graves, R, won by forfeit.
Roseburg 8, Mountain View 0
Singles — 1. Mackenzie Eichman, R, def. Kim Santaguida, MV, 6-1, 6-0; 2. Samantha Eichman, R, def. Lucy Ferris, MV, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Lauren Sandfort, R, def. Heather Davenport, MV, 6-1, 6-0; 4. Roseburg won by forfeit.
Doubles — 1. Adrienne Powell-Jayda Pieske, R, def. Kelsey Leighton-Moruya Harvey, MV, 6-2, 6-3; 2. Alexandra Sandfort-Stephanie Early, R, def. Eliza Jacobson-Felicia Hall, MV, 6-0, 6-1; 3. LeAnne Laws-Parker Bassett, R, def. Savana Caldentey-Maria Larraneta, MV, 6-1, 6-1; 4. Ceci Potter-Aspen Graves, R, def. Aria Stewart-Liliana Overcash, MV, 6-1, 7-6.