Philomath High tennis player Selah Carlisle knows she doesn't have a powerful serve and that she prefers to stay back rather than rush the net. And although the Warriors junior will place a nice shot down the line every once in a while for a point, she also knows her repertoire doesn't include much of a kill shot.
No, Carlisle prefers to beat you with her consistency.
In the second set of her match Tuesday, she got involved in a pretty long rally against her Lebanon opponent. Shot after shot came right back over the net — forehands, backhands, lobs — and finally, her opponent sent the ball right into the net.
Moments later, Carlisle wrapped up a 6-2, 6-2 victory to go to 2-0 on the young season.
Playing with the varsity since she was a freshman, Philomath High School junior Selah Carlisle hopes to take the next step this season with a berth in the state tournament.
"I try to be really consistent and then when I know I have the perfect shot down the line or something, then I take it," Carlisle said following her victory on the courts as Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis. "I don't always go for the hard shots; I try to just play it out. Then if I have the perfect shot, I take it."
Even if Carlisle isn't feeling it in a certain match, she has patience on her side.
"When my shot's not on, I kinda just wait for them (to commit an unforced error) if I know I can outhit them," she said.
Tyler Haslam, an assistant coach who supervises the Warriors when they play on the Ashbrook courts, had a similar assessment of Philomath's No. 1 singles player, plus believes she excels with her stamina.
"I think her patience really helps her, I think specifically, with a lot of people that she plays," Haslam said. "She tends to have a lot of long matches that she tries to grind out. She's really fit, which helps keep her going."
In Carlisle's first two matches this season, she has won both in straight sets by a combined score of 24-6.
"She definitely is one of the most consistent players we have on our team and really just focuses on getting the ball in and making the other player make mistakes," Haslam said.
Carlisle settled on tennis her high school sport after trying out basketball and volleyball when she was younger. Her brother, Cecil Carlisle, played with the PHS program a couple of years ago.
"I try to just act like it's practice, so I'm not really nervous," Carlisle said when asked about her approach to matches. "In the first game, I try to learn about how they (her opponents) play."
Carlisle made it to second day of last season's girls tennis districts. She feels her past experience could come in handy when she tries to achieve the goal of qualifying for state.
As a team, Philomath's girls swept through Lebanon by an 8-0 score while not dropping a single set. In addition to Carlisle's victory, Maddie Melton (6-1, 6-2), Amelia Skinkis (6-1, 6-1) and Emma Nelson (6-4, 6-3) all won in singles.
In doubles, the teams of Ella Skinkis and Claire Skinkis (6-1, 6-3), Chloe Jurva and Atira Fairbanks (6-2, 6-3), Kena Bacho and Madison Francis (6-0, 6-0), and Sierra Johnson and Ashlynn Wulk (6-0, 6-4) were Philomath's winners.
Philomath's original schedule called for matches Tuesday against Crescent Valley but there was a scheduling mix-up and the Warriors were able to meet up with Lebanon.
Philomath's boys also pulled off a sweep of Class 5A Lebanon Tuesday with an 8-0 win on the road. The Warriors dropped only one set on the afternoon.
In singles, Colton Beckstead (6-2, 6-4), James Erickson (6-3, 6-4), Dylan Bell (6-0, 6-3) and Nathaniel Workman (6-1, 6-2) were all winners. Bell and Workman only gave up three games each in their wins.
Philomath's No. 1 double team of Luke Haslam and Nick Stucki got a good challenge but outlasted their opponents, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Also winning in doubles for PHS were Jeremy Alston and Alec Stucki (6-2, 7-5), Bryce Beeton and Judah Bacho (6-2, 6-3), and Filip Furuseth and Logan Wade (7-5, 6-4).
On Thursday, the two teams will face Central with the girls up in Independence and the boys hosting at Ashbrook.
Philomath 8, Lebanon 0
Tuesday at Lebanon
No. 1: Colton Beckstead, PHS, def. Pacey Vorderstrasse, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: James Erickson, PHS, def. Owen Stellbrink, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3: Dylan Bell, PHS, def. Mark Workman, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4: Nathaniel Workman, PHS, def. Brandon Witherspoon, 6-1, 6-2
No. 1: Luke Haslam/Nick Stucki, PHS, def. Josh Moore/Tomas DeJong, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2: Jeremy Alston/Alec Stucki, PHS, def. Kelton Bruslind/Matthew Ewing, 6-2, 7-5
No. 3: Bryce Beeton/Judah Bacho, PHS, def. Toby Byrd/Matthew Meckley, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: Filip Furuseth/Logan Wade, PHS, def. Charles Vanela/Nathan Barnes, 7-5, 6-4
Philomath 8, Lebanon 0
Tuesday at Corvallis
No. 1: Selah Carlisle, PHS, def. Mary Workman, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: Maddie Melton, PHS, def. Taylor Rushing, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Amelia Skinkis, PHS, def. Cassandra Arriaga, 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: Emma Nelson, PHS, def. Sheene Cherlam, 6-4, 6-3
No. 1: Ella Skinkis/Claire Skinkis, PHS, def. Kate Underwood/Jasmin Alvarez-Ramirez, 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Chloe Jurva/Atira Fairbanks, PHS, def. Renate Stramp/Endya Robinson, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3: Kena Bacho/Madison Francis, PHS, def. Alyssa Bevins/Sara Holland, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Sierra Johnson/Ashlynn Wulk, PHS, def. Cloey Johnson/Cassie Schurr, 6-0, 6-4.