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Pacer girls tennis ready to take on tough competition

by: VERN UYETAKE Sophomore Brittany Dales is Lakeridge’s No. 1 singles player this season and one of a handful of talented younger players for the Pacers.

It figures to be an exciting and successful season for the Lakeridge girls tennis team. Now if only it could get on the court.

Because of rain, the Pacers have only had three practices outdoors and one match but are scheduled to start league play this week.

But, with losing just four seniors from last year's squad, Lakeridge figures to be very competitive in a league that is as strong as it has been in a number of years.

At No. 1 singles this year will be sophomore Brittany Dales and not far behind is No. 2 singles player Adrienne Caba, a freshman.

"Those two could be interchangeable at any time. They're both very tough competitors," coach Char Anderson said.

While the Pacers are young at the top of their singles line-up, the doubles side is anchored by a pair of seniors in the team of Claire Valentine and Angela Bora.

"They've been playing very tough for us and have great leadership," Anderson said.

The team has some strong returners in Kelly Sosa and Emily Onustock, as well the doubles team of Olivia Moore and Stacey Strovink.

That pair didn't lose a match in the regular season last year. Katie Ellis has also been strong in the early season for the Pacers as has Julia Bartlett.

"Julia's so reliable. She plays with enthusiasm and can fill in anywhere," Anderson said.

Anderson is also excited about an influx of talented freshmen.

Along with Caba, Anna Seydel should be a very strong competitor for Lakeridge this season as well as Maris Bouc.

"Right now, as a coach, the biggest challenge is determining who has the best chemistry," Anderson said.

Lakeridge is scheduled to begin league matches this week and hopes to be in the mix for a league title along with Lake Oswego and West Linn.

"Lake Oswego is always strong and I know they have a very large team this year," Anderson said.

The Pacers will travel to West Linn this Friday and will play at Oregon Episcopal School on Saturday.