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Girls tennis: Marcus, Doering lead Silver Creek over visiting Skyline

LONGMONT — Silver Creek’s Jillian Marcus played singles the past two years, but was excited to move to No. 1 doubles as a senior. She played singles against Niwot, the Raptors’ first dual of the season, but moved to doubles after that.

On Thursday, Marcus and senior teammate Maddie Doering beat Skyline’s Chelsey Curtis and Katie McNabb 6-1, 6-2 to lead the Raptors to a 5-2 win at home. Marcus said a good start was they key for the Raptors pair.

“We went up before they got together a game against us,” Marcus said. “The second set, I don’t know. I think we were just trying new things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. That’s what we dealt with. We went back to how we played in the first set.”

Since being paired together, Marcus and Doering are 3-0, with wins over Loveland, Greeley and now Skyline. After splitting the first two sets in their last match, they set out Thursday to be the first ones off the court and they achieved their goal.

Partnered with now-graduated Kim Langona last year, Doering made the trip to state at No. 1 doubles. Knowing what it takes, she thinks she and Marcus are capable of qualifying for the state tournament, which they have set as their standard for the season.

“She and I have done really well together,” Doering said. “She’s really aggressive and she hits really great shots. I’m good at groundstrokes. We work well together. I keep her calm and she pounds everything. We have fun, so it’s good.

“I think we can definitely get there (state). We’re as aggressive as we were last year and we’re as good of players, just this year we both have more experience so I think we’ll do it.”

Silver Creek’s Emily Zoller and Rachel Winston defeated Skyline’s Monique Nem and Katy Sprouse, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Rygell Hubert and Brigid Winn beat Arielle Mason and Clair Stanton 6-1, 6-2.

Jennie Spielman beat Cindy Davis 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 for the Raptors’ only singles win at the No. 2 spot. But it was the Raptors’ No. 4 doubles pair, Emily Lyneis and Amanda Burns, who sealed the win for their team with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Katie Reed and Karolina Ramos.

“I was pretty confident that we were gonna win,” said Burns, who is 3-1 along with Lyneis. “When they gave us a drop shot, we put it in and we had some good vollies. We just tried to talk a lot and get to the ball.”

Falcons No. 1 singles player Lisa Hug and her powerful stroke improved to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Amanda Higley.

Falcons senior Sidnye Whalen (3-0) picked up the Falcons’ other win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Piper Doering at No. 3 singles. Whalen said she was bothered by Doering’s vocal crowd cheering her on and lost the momentum in the second. But she got some backup in the third.

“They kept screaming in the background, not bad things, just really loud like, ‘Yeah, Piper,’ and ‘Go! Kick her butt,’ and she started coming to the net more. That kind of killed me,” Whalen said. “We took a five-minute break before the third set. My teammates saw that I was getting frustrated so they all came over and started screaming for me and that made me play better.”

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Silver Creek 5, Skyline 2

At Silver Creek HS

Singles — 1. Lisa Hug, Skyline, def. Amanda Higley, 6-1, 6-1; 2. Jennie Spielman, Silver Creek, def. Cindy Davis, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2; 3. Sidnye Whalen, Skyline, def. Piper Doering, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

Doubles — 1. Jillian Marcus/Maddie Doering, Silver Creek, def. Chelsey Curtis/Katie McNabb, 6-1, 6-2; 2. Emily Zoller/Rachel Winston, Silver Creek, def. Monique Nem/Katy Sprouse, 6-0, 6-0; 3. Rygell Hubert/Brigid Winn, Silver Creek, def. Arielle Mason/Clair Stanton, 6-1, 6-2; 4. Emily Lyneis/Amanda Burns, Silver Creek, def. Katie Reed/Karolina Ramos, 6-0, 6-1.