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Pacers, Lakers advance to state at district tennis tournament

Lakeridges Bruno and Simon Homedes combine to win the district doubles championship


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Simon Homedes paired with his brother Bruno and would go on to win the Three Rivers League district doubles championship on Tuesday. Lake Oswego and Lakeridge will each be represented at the boys state tennis tournament in two weeks after a strong showing by both teams at districts.

The Pacers advanced one singles player and one doubles team to state while the Lakers got its top doubles entry through to the next round.

Both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego opted to switch singles players over to doubles for the event. Lakeridge teamed up brothers Bruno and Simon Homedes and the move paid off with the brothers easily advancing to the semifinals before winning a pair of three-set matches to claim the district title.

After advancing to the semis, the Pacers took on the No. 2 seed from West Linn.

Lakeridge was beaten 6-2 in the first set and trailed in the second before rallying to force a tiebreak which they won 7-3.

The Homedes' then cruised in the third set 6-1.

In the finals, the pair saw the top-seeded Chin brothers from Grant. Lakeridge got off to a strong start, winning the opening set 6-3 but fell 4-6 in the second set. Lakeridge rebounded for a 6-4 win to claim the district title.

Also in doubles, Lake Oswego's Avinash Sankar switched from singles to pair with Reid Martin. The pair won its first three matches in straight sets, playing progressively better as the tournament went along.

In the semi's, Martin and Sankar took the Chin brothers to three sets in one of the best matches of the tournament, before being upended.

Martin and Sankar would also play a strong match for third place, falling to West Linn's top pair 7-6, 7-5.

In singles, Lakeridge's Matt Stephens found himself with the No. 4 seed and made the most of it, winning his first three matches all in straight sets to earn a trip to state.

He was rarely challenged until falling to the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Lakeridge entered the tournament coming off a thrilling victory in its rematch with West Linn last week.

For the second time this year, Lakeridge swept the singles matches with Bruno and Simon Homedes winning in straight sets along with Stephens and Justin Jones.

In doubles, West Linn shined, winning all four of those matches but the Pacers did well to pick up games, which would prove to be important.

With the match tied at 4-4 and sets even at 8-8, the scoring would go to games, which Lakeridge won 71-70, giving the Pacers the victory.




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