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Laker girls take second at state tennis tourney

Katie Day and Melisha Dogra finish second and third in singles while the Pacer boys and girls teams finish fourth


VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Katie Day advanced all the way to the state championship match in singles at last week's state tennis tournament. It was one of the best state tennis tournaments in recent years for both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge last week as the Lake Oswego girls narrowly missed out on a team championship, taking second by just half a point to Jesuit.

Meanwhile, both the Lakeridge boys and girls finished on a high note with fourth place showings.

The Laker girls nearly won the title with a combination of depth and terrific individual performances.

In singles, junior Katie Day was the No. 5 seed and earned a first-round bye. In the second round, she took on Lakeridge freshman Lilly Stephens who own her opening match 6-1, 6-2.

Day won the second-round match 6-3, 6-2 and then moved on to the quarterfinals against the No. 4 seed from South Eugene.

She kept her hot streak alive with another straight sets win, this time 6-1, 6-4, setting up a showdown with the No. 2 seed, a senior from Central Catholic.

Day dropped the opening set in a tough tiebreaker but rallied and got better as the match progressed, winning the final two sets 6-4, 6-2 to reach the finals.

There she took on the top seed from Jesuit and gave the best match she saw in the tournament but fell in straight sets.

Lake Oswego freshman Melisha Dogra was equally impressive. Dogra was unseeded and won her first two matches easily 6-2, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, she took on the No. 3 seed from Grant and played one of her best matches of the season, winning 6-4, 6-2 to make the semifinals.

Dogra then fell to the No. 1 seed but rebounded in the third place match with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 over the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

“Both Melisha and Katie played their best tennis which is awesome because during our league season they don't get pushed really hard so they have to mentally prepare for a tough road deep into the bracket,” Laker coach Susan Branam said.

In doubles, Lake Oswego's Libby Dozois and Bridget Myers also had the No. 5 seed and, after a bye, won their first match 6-2, 6-3 before falling to the top seed and eventual state champions from Lincoln.

Lake Oswego's Elle Meyer advanced to the consolation semifinals before falling to a freshman from Lincoln.

“I was proud of how our girls always kept the team in mind, representing our entire squad with great sportsmanship and hard work. They stayed focused and determined when the matches became more difficult,” Branam said.

For the Lakeridge girls, Rileigh Hamilton and Anna Lowy made a nice run, winning their opening match 6-3, 6-2 and then making the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory before losing a close match to the No. 3 seed.

Olivia Onustock and Kristin Taylor also won their opening match 6-1, 6-0 before falling to the No. 4 seed.

The Lakeridge boys had strong finishes in both singles and doubles. Emmett Moore dropped his first match but rallied impressively, winning three straight matches and claiming the consolation championship with a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Simon Homedes was the victim of a tough draw, winning his first match 6-0, 6-1 before taking on the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Homedes took the first set to a tiebreaker but lost in straight sets.

The Pacers' top doubles team of Bruno Homedes and Russell Risenhoover has the No. 5 seed and won their first match after a bye 6-3, 6-3 before losing a tough 7-6, 6-2 battle to the No. 3 seed from Grant.

Patrick Kanapeaux and Matt Stephens also won a match for the Pacers 6-0, 6-0 and then nearly upended the No. 6 seed from Roseburg, taking the opening set 4-6 before dropping the next two 7-5, 7-6.

Lake Oswego's Zach Buhlmann and Alex Roark won their first match 6-2, 6-3 before falling to the eventual state champions.

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