Casey Schein recoiled then snapped off another crosscourt forehand that her opponent, North Medford's Carissa Arnesen, could only wave at. Even on an off day, Schein's power was enough.

Annoyed that she was still playing, Schein won the first six points of the second-set tie-breaker to finally finish off Arnesen in a 6-1, 7-6 (2) nonconference victory Wednesday at Hunter Park. The No. — singles win was one of three singles victories overall for the Grizzlies, who dropped all four doubles matches to North and lost the team competition 5-3.

Arnesen fought back from a 5-1 deficit to force the tie-breaker, breaking Schein's serve twice along the way. But Ashland's junior, who advanced to the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A finals while playing for St. Mary's last season, rediscovered her stroke just in time to avoid a third set.

Afterward, she was hardly impressed with herself.

"That second set was really frustrating, especially the end, but (Arnesen's) a great player so you have to give her credit," said Schein, who dominated the first set. "Today was just an off day, for me at least. But everyone has those days and she played good and got back in the match."

Ashland's top three singles players all won in straight sets: Maggie Schein, Casey's sister, beat Sierra Severson 6-3, 6-3, and Monica Heiken defeated Kami Goodson 6-2, 6-4.

Casey Schein broke Arnesen's serve to take what looked like an insurmountable 5-1 lead in the second set, but Arnesen won the next three games to get back on serve. She then went up 40-30 in the 10th game before making it 5-all when Schein's service return hit the tape and stayed on her side.

The unforced error summarized Arnesen's comeback as Schein struggled at times to cope with a strong wind that swept across the courts all match long.

"I'm an indoor player so it's definitely an adjustment, but you've got to work thorugh it," she said. "It's part of the game."

Schein recovered gracefully, however, playing her best game of the match to take a 6-5 lead &

she ripped two forehand winners, including one at 40-30. Arnesen then held serve at love to force the tie-breaker. There, Schein blasted three winners to go up 6-0 and clinched the match when Arnesen's service return sailed long.

"I have a tendency to lose focus and let people back in the match," said Schein, who has yet to lose a set this season, "but I'm working on it."

SINGLES &

Casey Schein, A, d. Carissa Arnesen, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1); Maggie Schein, A, d. Sierra Severson, 6-3, 6-3; Monica Heiken, A, d. Kami Goodson, 6-2, 6-4; Kendra Ribeiro, NM, d. Jane Haas, 6-3, 6-3.

DOUBLES &

Sarah Louie-Erica Schultz, NM, d. Nicole Jacquat-Christi Gay, 6-1, 6-4; Whitney Hodnett-Jaclyn Abeloe, NM, d. Kelsey Mills-Chloe Deckwar, 6-1, 6-3; Jessica Reid-Kellie Satterfield, NM, d. Alison Claypool-Conrad-Emily Minasian, 6-4, 6-1; Amber Wilmarth-Katie Murphy, NM, d. Katie Patton-Laurel Sager, 6-2, 6-3.

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