Lake Oswego girls tennis coach Susan Branam has a nice problem early in the season. The Lakers are so deep that there is little separation between the majority of the line-up.
It makes the roster tough to fill out, especially early in the season, but it also makes Lake Oswego pretty formidable this year.
The Lakers have a clear No. 1 singles player in Blair Dozois who is off to a solid start this year.
But things start to get murky after that.
"The line-up will change a bit. There will be a lot of trial and error with our doubles teams. Things aren't really settled yet," coach Susan Branam said.
Lake Oswego received an early blow this year when Sophia Liu suffered a knee injury which will cause her to miss the season.
Liu figured to play No. 1 doubles this year. But the Lakers also picked up a nice surprise when senior Allie Buchman came out for the team for the first time and has filled in nicely near the top of the team's ladder.
"She's so athletic. She'll factor in at either No. 2 singles or into doubles," Branam said.
Lake Oswego also returns two strong players in Caroline Dorman and Claire Murphy, both of whom could play either singles or doubles.
Kelsey Fuson and Anna Meyer will also figure prominently into the team's line-up this year, along with a talented freshman in Libby Dozois, Blair's younger sister.
"A lot of years you pretty much know what line-up will give you the most success but this year there are a lot of combinations that could work. I think it's nice for the girls because no one feels like they're ruled out," Branam said.
Lake Oswego is off to a solid start this season.
The Lakers recently knocked off Grant in a close match that came down to sets.
Lake Oswego swept in doubles, losing only five games in the process.
Buchman and C.C. Moore won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, as did Mehek Sethi and Holly Mindemann at No. 2.
Kelly Crist and Libby Dozois won at No. 3 doubles and Yasmine Genena and Morgan Reno completed the sweep at No. 4.
Lake Oswego was swept in singles but Blair Dozois, Murphy and Meyer all won sets to help lock up the victory.
Lake Oswego also topped Lakeridge 5-2 on Tuesday with one match that wasn't completed due to rain.
Blair Dozois and Murphy won in singles and the Lakers won three of the four doubles matches as well.
"I think a lot of matches in league could go either way this year. We expected both Grant and Lakeridge to be strong this year so it was good to get those early wins," Branam said.
Lake Oswego will look to keep its winning ways going later this week when the team is scheduled to take on Canby and Clackamas.