Pacer boys mix youth, experience
Lakeridge's boys tennis team has some exciting up-and-coming talent and a seasoned doubles roster that should keep the Pacers very competitive in the always-strong Three Rivers League.
Lakeridge features a freshman at No. 1 singles this year in Bruno Homedea who will be battle tested by the end of the year.
"It's a good experience. He's going to be up against some really top players," coach Steve Bolstad said.
Returner Charlie Layton will play at No. 2 singles this year and Charlie Kachel will fill in at No. 3.
Early in the season there is still a competition to fill the No. 4 singles slot each match.
In doubles, Lakeridge expects to be one of the strongest teams in the league.
The Pacers' top two pairings are nearly interchangeable.
"They have taken turns at No. 1 this year and there have been some battles in practice that are starting to pay off," Bolstad said.
Jake Lautze and Sam Manning and the team of Chris Hamilton and Zach Calo make up a 1-2 punch in doubles that will be difficult to take down this season.
At No. 3 doubles is the team of Adam Barlett and Andrew Liu and No. 4 is Dave Rokohl and Jake Sandor.
"I think we'll have a lot of success with our doubles this year," Bolstad said.
Lakeridge has an early loss to West Linn in league this year but the Pacers weren't at full strength.
Lakeridge then gave Lake Oswego all it could handle on Tuesday.
After getting swept in singles, the Pacers' vaunted doubles bracket roared back, with the team's top three pairings all winning their matches.
The No. 4 doubles team also played a very solid match but fell in a third set.
"The Three Rivers League is so strong, but I think we'll be fairly competitive and will have a shot in most matches," Bolstad said.
Finding practice time has been a challenge for Lakeridge early in the season but when they have gotten on the court, Bolstad said the team has been focusing heavily on conditioning and in-match strategies.
"Staying dry has probably been our biggest challenge," Bolstad said.
The Pacers are scheduled to take on Grant on Thursday.