Tualatin doulbes duos do well at state

Tennis: Two of the Timberwolf teams make to the quarterfinals of the tourney
by: DAN BROOD GOOD JOB — Tualatin seniors Nina Yang (left) and Emily Fisher congratulate each other after scoring a point in their first-round match at the state tourney.

BEAVERTON - When it came to doubles play at the Class 6A boys and girls state tennis tournament, Tualatin made its presence known with a total of five entries.

And most of those Timberwolf teams experienced some success at the tourneys held last Thursday through Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center and the Portland Tennis Center.

That certainly was the case for the Tualatin girls team, which had two doubles duos playing at the state tournament. And each of those Timberwolf duos - which included the team of seniors Emily Fisher and Nina Yang and the team of junior Megan Freel and Mollie Freel - picked up a victory at the tournament.

Fisher and Yang got their tourney stay off to an exciting start. The Tualatin seniors came back from a 6-2 first-set loss to score a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Heather Aholt and Sophia Liu of Lake Oswego in a first-round state tourney match played last Thursday morning.

In the second round, Fisher and Yang were edged 7-5, 6-3 by the No. 4-seeded team of Katy Krauel and Sierra Lemon of St. Mary's Academy.

The Freel sisters, who edged Fisher and Yang in three sets in the Pacific Conference district tournament title match, entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed in doubles play. After receiving a first-round bye, Megan and Mollie Freel posted a 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-1 win over Haley Hartford and Benny Bentiage of Redmond to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinal round, the Freel sisters fell 6-1, 6-0 to the No. 3 seed, Sanji Rao and Darby Rosette of Jesuit.

The Tualatin girls finished in a three-way tie with South Eugene and St. Mary's for sixth place in the team standings at the state tournament with six points. Lincoln won the girls team state championship.

The Tualatin boys had three doubles teams qualify to play at the state tournament.

The Timberwolf team of seniors Branden Fletcher and Jason Nguyen, who earlier won the Pacific Conference district tournament title, received a first-round bye at the state tournament before besting Chris Colvin and Myles Horton of McMinnville 6-0, 6-3 in the second round.

In the quarterfinals, Fletcher and Nguyen fell 6-2, 6-3 to No. 1 seed, and eventual state champions, Nick Biggi and Connor Leahy of Jesuit.

Tualatin seniors Jonathan Ng and James Stilson, who were the district runner-ups, were edged 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 by Michael Chen and Chris Deal of Lakeridge to open state tournament play.

Ng and Stilson then fell 8-3 to Riley Wulf and Ricky Manley of South Salem in a consolation bracket quarterfinal pro set match.

Tualatin seniors Preston Hiefield and Pierce Fettig opened the state tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 setback to the Lake Oswego team of Daniel Cohns and Austin Winters. Hiefield and Fettig then fell 8-3 to Zac Blume and Kelly Holstrom of Barlow in consolation bracket play.

The Tualatin boys finished in a tie for 11th place in the team standings at the state tournament.