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Laker, Pacer girls tennis teams shine at districts

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN, Lake Oswego’s Blair Dozois qualifed for the state tournament with three solid early victories at Portland Tennis Center last week.

The Lake Oswego girls tennis team qualified one doubles team and three singles players to state at this week's district tennis tournament and the Lakeridge girls advanced one singles player to state in a very successful tournament for both teams.

Lake Oswego's doubles team of Allie Buchman and C.C. Moore was seeded No. 2 heading into the tournament and lived up to its billing, cruising into the semifinals without dropping a set.

The Laker pairing received a challenge in the second round from Lakeridge's Adrienne Caba and Anna Seydel but came away with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Moore and Buchman finished second in the district.

Also in doubles, Lake Oswego's Claire Murphy and Caroline Dorman were the No. 4 seed and advanced to the quarterfinals before being knocked off by Oregon City's top team in a terrific match 0-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Lake Oswego's Kelsey Fuson and Maddie Mitchell also advanced to the quarterfinals but lost a tough match to the No. 3 seed from Grant.

"As a coach I was really happy with our showing but I know both of those doubles teams would have loved to make it to state," Lake Oswego coach Susan Branam said.

Lakeridge's pairing of Kate Kitto and Shea Northfield made the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 1 seed from West Linn while the Pacers' Maris Bouc and Stacey Strovink knocked off the No. 5 seed in the first round before falling to Fuson and Mitchell.

In singles, Lake Oswego's Blair Dozois was the No. 2 seed in the tournament and lost just one game in her first three matches to advance to the semifinals and clinch a berth at state. She advanced to the finals before losing to the No. 1 seed.

Lakeridge's Brittany Dales was the three seed and was workmanlike in three victories, winning each of them in straight sets. In the quarterfinals she topped the No. 5 seed, Libby Dozois from Lake Oswego.

Libby Dozois advanced to the quarters with two solid victories, including a 6-3, 6-3 second round victory against West Linn's top singles player.

"Libby was kind of a darkhorse for us and she had a great tournament," Branam said.

Lake Oswego also had the No. 4 seed in the tournament in Anna Meyer. After an easy opening round win, Meyer took on the No. 2 singles player from West Linn who had beaten her earlier in the season.

Meyer won the opening set but dropped the second and was trailing early in the third set before rallying for a 6-4 win.

Then, in the quarterfinals, Meyer won a tight 6-3, 7-6 contest against Lakeridge's Emily Onustock, the No. 6 seed. Onustock won her first two matches in straight sets.

Lakeridge's Megan Mandell and Lake Oswego's Yasmine Genena also won a pair of matches to reach the quarterfinals.

In a strange occurrence, the tournament's No. 1 seed, Leah Alpern from Grant, would have qualified for state but will be out of town for the tournament and unable to compete. So a mini tournament was held between Mandell, Genena, Onustock and Libby Dozois for the final singles berth at state which Dozois won.