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LO girls tennis team eyeing another strong year


The Lakers are deep and talented as they battle it out in the difficult TRL

The Lake Oswego girls tennis team will look to continue its impressive run this year with a very strong group of veterans and exciting younger players.

While the Lakers are strong and the top of the line-up and very deep once again, getting a large contingent through to state will be a challenge in a very competitive league.

“We have very good depth and are strong throughout the line-up with many interchangeable players,” coach Susan Branam said.

Lake Oswego has an impressive 1-2 punch in singles, featuring returning senior Blair Dozois and freshman Katie Day. Those two should both split time in the top spot throughout the season.

Libby Dozois also returns as a talented singles player for the Lakers along with Anna Meyer.

At doubles, Lake Oswego has a handful of very strong combinations.

Caroline Dorman and freshman Natalie Perry are currently slotted at No. 1 while other athletes could contend for that position.

The team of Celia Moore and Claire Murphy are currently filling in at No. 2 doubles and Morgan Reno and Holly Mindemann play at No. 3.

The Lakers feature a strong JV squad as well and, with the team's depth, different combinations will likely be used throughout the season.

In practices, the team has been focusing on court movement, communication between doubles teams and being strong at the net.

Lake Oswego figures to be one of the toughest teams in the league this year and has aspirations to take home another TRL title.

“We always have the goal of personal improvement for each individual. As a team, we would like to win the league championship and send players on to the state tournament,” Branam said.

Before spring break, Lake Oswego knocked off crosstown rival Lakeridge 7-1.

The Lakers swept the singles side with Day and Blair Dozois winning in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 2 singles respectively.

Libby Dozois did the sam at third singles while Mayer ground out a tough three-set victory at fourth singles.

In doubles, Dorman and Perry won convincingly at No. 1 as did the team of Mindemann and Reno at No. 3 and Murphy and Bridget Mayers at No. 4.