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Beamer, TJ tennis teams still unbeaten, play Tuesday
By CASEY OLSON
The early front-runner for the South Puget Sound League South Division girls tennis title will become a lot clearer Tuesday.
Thats when the unbeaten Todd Beamer Titans will take on the also undefeated Thomas Jefferson Raiders.
Tuesdays meeting between the two teams will be the first of two matchups between Beamer and TJ next week. They also play again Thursday.
Beamer moved to 4-0 on the season with a solid 3-2 win over previously undefeated Puyallup Tuesday afternoon. The Titans won both singles matches and Judy Liening and Thayer Nielsen got a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 1 doubles for the deciding point. Megan Havili, who teamed with Liening last year to finish second at the Class 4A state championships, rolled at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Esther Song picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 2 for the Titans.
The Raiders road to 4-0 might have been even more impressive. Jefferson also won a 3-2 decision over Emerald Ridge. The two teams tied atop the SPSL South last season.
The Raiders won a pair of three-setters at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles to squeak by Emerald Ridge. Corinna Fabre downed Jillian Ball in singles, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, and Mimy Tu and Anna Wilson got by Lynn Iversen and Taryn Wuserbarth, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3.
Jeffersons other win came from Carli Kitsch at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 6-4.
Jefferson moved to 4-1 on the season with a 4-3 win over Graham-Kapowsin Tuesday. Erin Fujita and Kristi Sigafoos both finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jill Halvorsen picked up the win on the mound after giving up eight hits.
Beamer lost a heart-breaker Tuesday to Emerald Ridge in nine innings. Michelle Rasmussen drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
The Titans scored a single run in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead, but the Jaguars came back and tallied two. The loss drops Beamer to 3-3.
Beamer (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 4-0 shutout of Emerald Ridge Tuesday night. The Titans got a complete-game from freshman Brian Corliss and a pair of solo home runs from junior Cole Bixenman.
Corliss gave up six hits and struck out three in seven innings of work. Senior Logan Capp finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org