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Crusaders defend their turf

Jesuit sweeps to victory in all four singles brackets to win its own tournament
by: JOHN LARIVIERE, WHACK — Jesuit sophomore Megan Moore used her strong serve to post a victory in the first singles bracket of the annual Jesuit Tournament at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Friday.

BEAVERTON - Rollin', rollin', rollin'.

The defending Metro League and Oregon 6A state champion Jesuit girls tennis team is doing just that, despite a spate of inclement spring weather that seems determined to prevent them from doing just that.

The Crusaders have ripped off three straight wins to open the Metro League season and added another jewel to their early-season crown on Friday when they rolled to victory in the annual Jesuit Tournament at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

'I think all the girls played great at the Jesuit Tournament,' said Jesuit coach Kirsten Ruchaber. 'It is always nice to have a day of tough competition for my players. This experience helps them prepare for other tough matches in our future.'

Jesuit players won all four singles brackets and two of four doubles draws to finish with a tournament-best total of 52 points, while Lake Oswego was second at 39, Sprague was third at 26 and Canby fourth at 20.

At first singles, Jesuit sophomore Megan Moore - the defending Metro champ - won two straight matches to take top honors, including a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sprague's Shannon Young in the final. Steffanie Mortera followed suit at second singles, capping her tournament with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Bailey Westwood of Lake Oswego in their final.

'The Jesuit Tournament always falls at a time in our season when the girls need to keep building their games,' Ruchaber said. And 'Megan and Steffanie both played strong singles on Friday.'

Jesuit's Sonji Rao won at third singles and Crusader Haley Krach came through at fourth singles to complete Jesuit's sweep of the four singles brackets.

In doubles, Jesuit's Haley Mooney and Leslie Mallory won the tourney title at second singles, and teammates Jasmin Mitchell and Alice Erbling won their bracket at fourth doubles. Additionally, Ellen Mader and Kristen Wong placed second in the top doubles competition.

'The doubles teams we played made us work for every game that we got,' Ruchaber said.

In upcoming Metro League matches, Jesuit plays at Beaverton at 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday) and hosts Westview at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.