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Tennis teams wrap up season at state tourney

Lake Oswego wins both boys and girls consolation doubles titles


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Caroline Dorman, along with partner Blair Dozois, advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles bracket at last week's state tennis tournament. The Lake Oswego girls tennis team capped another strong season by bringing home some hardware last week. The Lakers finished in fourth place as a team and had some very strong showings.

“We had been hoping for a top-five finish and, across the board, it was probably about as well as we could have done,” coach Susan Branam said.

In doubles, the Lakers' Caroline Dorman and Blair Dozois earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and cruised in the early going.

After a bye, the Lakers topped a strong Jesuit team in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals.

There, Lake Oswego took on perhaps the top unseeded pairing in the bracket. The Lakers gave the team from Lincoln a very strong match but fell 6-4, 7-5.

The Laker pairing of Celia Moore and Claire Murphy also were victims of a tough draw, falling in the opening round to a team that would go on to make the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4.

“It was a tough match that could have gone either way but they stayed very positive,” Branam said.

In consolation, the pair caught fire. Moore and Murphy won their first two matches 8-4 and 8-2 respectively and then won the consolation championship 6-2, 7-5.

For Moore it was the second year in a row that she has been a consolation doubles champion.

In singles, Lake Oswego's Katie Day won her first state tournament match in straight sets before falling to the eventual state champion.

For Lakeridge, the team of Brittany Dales and Stacey Strvonink won a very tough first match 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 before falling to the eventual state champions from Lincoln.

On the boys side, Lake Oswego also took home the consolation doubles championship.

The team of Reid Martin and Avinash Sankar fell in its first match 7-6, 6-1 but then won a pair of tough consolation matches 8-5 and 8-5 to make it to the finals.

Playing a strong team from Barlow, Martin and Sankar ground out a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Lakeridge's doubles team of Bruno and Simone Homedes had a strong showing, receiving a first-round bye and then advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

The brothers then fell to the No. 4 seed and eventual state champions 6-0, 7-5.

In singles, Lakeridge's Matt Stephens cruised in the first round with a 6-0, 6-0 before falling to the No. 6 seed.




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