LO boys tennis fall to Lions

by: Matthew Sherman Lake Oswego's Reid Martin won his match at No. 3 singles in straight sets in a recent contest against West Linn.

Lake Oswego's boys tennis team battled West Linn on Monday in an incredibly well-played and exciting early-season match.

With the winner having a leg-up in the race for a league title, a lot was one the line.

On paper it appeared to be an intriguing match-up as Lake Oswego's singles players have been dominant this season while the Lions are very tough in doubles.

The contest lived up to its billing with each team winning four matches.

But West Linn came away with the tiebreaker and won 9-8 in sets.

Lake Oswego won three singles matches. David Furman won handily at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1.

Reid Martin, after a tough opening set, cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 victory and Avinash Sankar rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 win.

At No. 1 singles, Scott Goldner took on Ian Risenhoover from West Linn. In four previous league meetings, Goldner had never lost to Risenhoover but West Linn's top player was fired up.

Risenhoover won the opening set and was up 4-1 in the second before Goldner rallied back to make it 4-4.

But Risenhoover came up with a break and ultimately won the match. In doubles, the No. 2 pair of Jack Smith and Andrew Tymchenko played in the closest match of the afternoon.

The pair won the first set 7-5 but then dropped the second 1-6.

The third set went back and forth, ultimately going to a tiebreaker which the Lakers dominated 7-1.

West Linn would win the other three doubles matches including No. 1 doubles after Dan Cohns and Austin Winters nearly stole the first set.

Against Canby last week, Lake Oswego won 7-1 with the only loss coming in a very tough No. 1 singles match.

Furman, Sankar and Alec Gatter all won singles matches in straight sets and the doubles team of Jack Mertens and Mark Engelberg won a tough three-set battle.

The Lake Oswego girls team's match with West Linn was postponed because of hail.