Tennis season ends at state

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN Lakeridge’s Chris Deal, along with his partner Michael Chen advanced to the quarterfinals of last week’s state tennis tournament.

Lake Oswego's Erinna O'Brien and Scott Goldner each made the quarterfinals in the girls and boys state tennis tournament respectively before bowing out to highly ranked opponents. The Lakeridge doubles team of Michael Chen and Chris Deal also made the quarterfinals with two impressive wins.

O'Brien received a first-round bye before squaring off against a league rival in Clackamas' Lindsey Naganuma.

O'Brien cruised against the familiar foe, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. But, in the quarterfinals, O'Brien fell in straight sets to the tournament's No. 4 seed.

Goldner also earned a first-round bye in his bracket. He took on a junior from McMinnville in his opening match and was solid in a 6-2, 6-4 victory. In the quarterfinals, Goldner went up against No. 2 seed Brent Wheeler from Sprague.

Goldner jumped out to an early lead but Wheeler rebounded and would win the match 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles, Chen and Deal won a tough three-set match to open their tournament and then cruised 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarters.

Then, the Pacers squared off against the No. 2 seed from Jesuit and went down in straight sets.

Lake Oswego's team of Daniel Cohns and Austin Winters beat its opening round opponent from Tualatin in straight sets but then lost a tough three-setter to the No. 6 seed from Sprague which would go on to play in the semifinals.

In girls doubles, Lakeridge's team of Olivia Moore and Stacey Strovink opened the tournament with a straight sets victory before facing the No. 1 team from West Linn which it faced in the district championship match earlier in the season.

Moore and Strovink gave the Lions all they could handle, winning the opening set before dropping the next two 6-4, 6-4.

Lake Oswego's team of Heather Aholt and Sophia Liu lost a three-setter in the opening round but advanced to the consolation semifinals before bowing out of the tournament.