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Pacers, Lakers split in boys tennis matches

by: VERN UYETAKE Lakeridge’s Zach Calo, along with partner Jake Lautze, won at No. 1 doubles in the first of two matches with Lake Oswego.

The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego boys tennis teams battled in two hard-fought and well-played matches in a little less than a week's time and, like last year, the teams came away with a split in the season series.

Last week, Lakeridge picked up its biggest win of the season, riding its depth to an impressive 5-3 victory.

"It was a great win. It was probably our best performance of the entire year," Lakeridge coach Andy Hunt said.

Lake Oswego cruised in first and second singles with Scott Goldner and David Furman each winning in straight sets.

Lake Oswego would also pick up a win at No. 1 doubles in the only match that went to three sets.

Daniel Cohns and Austin Winters outlasted Michael Chen and Chris Deal, winning the third set 7-5.

But Lakeridge dominated in the 3s and the 4s.

At No. 3 singles, the Pacers' Matt Stockamp put together arguably his best match of the season, topping Reid Martin 6-4, 6-4.

Lakeridge also received an impressive win at No. 4 singles. Tommy Deal was called up from JV to replace a missing player and won his match in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

The Pacers would also record straight sets victories at No. 2, 3 and 4 doubles.

Jake Lautze and Zach Calo won 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles, Chris Hamilton and Sam Manning rolled to a 7-5, 6-2 victory and Eric Roessler and Charlie Layton won at No. 4 doubles 6-4, 6-4.

"After losing to West Linn 7-1 earlier in the year I think we just wanted to prove that we were still in the mix," Hunt said.

The teams squared off again on Tuesday and each featured slightly different line-ups.

This time it was Lake Oswego that came away with the win 6-2.

Goldner and Layton cruised again for the Lakers at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and Lake Oswego got a big boost from Avinash Sankar who won a tough three-set match against Layton.

Stockamp would win for the Pacers again, taking the No. 4 singles match in straight sets.

The No. 1 and 2 doubles matches would both go to three sets.

Lake Oswego won at No. 1 with Cohns and Winters edging out Calo and Ben Brewer 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

But, at No. 2 doubles, it was Lakeridge coming away with the narrow victory. Chris Deal and Lautze won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The Lakers clinched the rematch with wins at No. 3 and 4 doubles. Jack Smith and Andrew Tymchenko cruised in straight sets as did Brian Knees and Alex Gatter.

"Our third and fourth doubles played their best matches of the year," Lake Oswego coach Brian Ruffner said.

The teams are now gearing up for the district tournament which starts next week at the Portland Tennis Center.