Lakers, Pacers dominate district tennis tourney
Eighteen locals advance to semis and earn trips to state
The Lake Oswego girls and Lakeridge boys tennis teams dominated at their district tournaments last week but there were some surprises along the way and both schools will be well represented at state next week.
In the girls tournament, Lake Oswego qualified three singles players and a doubles team for state while the Lakeridge girls capped a strong finish to the season by getting a pair of doubles teams and a singles player through.
The Lakers had the top two seeds in the singles bracket and Katie Day cruised in her early matches. She dropped just two total games in her first four matches, even winning her semifinal bout 6-0, 6-0 to reach the title match.
There she ran into No. 2 seed and teammate Melisha Dogra. Dogra was equally dominant in the early going, winning her first three matches without dropping a game.
The championship match between the two Lakers lived up to its billing. Day won the opening set 6-3 but Dogra rallied to win the second 6-4. Day would then rebound and claim the third 6-4 for the district crown.
Also making it through to state for Lake Oswego was Elle Meyer. Meyer won her first two matches in straight sets, running into a slight challenge from a strong Canby player in the second round.
She then knocked off Lakeridge's Kanapeaux, the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals to earn a trip to state.
Kanapeaux won her first two matches convincingly to reach the quarters before dropping the decision to Meyer.
The Pacers also had the No. 3 seed in the tournament in Lilly Stephens and she was barely tested in her first three matches. Stephens dropped just one total game to reach the semis before falling to Dogra.
Stephens would knock off Meyer in the third-place match.
Also making a run in the tournament was Lake Oswego's Kelli Campbell, who reached the quarterfinals with a pair of straight sets victories and Lakeridge's Erin Elliott won won a grueling second match 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 over a strong player from Sherwood.
In doubles, the Lakers and pacers stole the show again. The No. 1 seed was Libby Dozois and Bridget Myers from Lake Oswego and the pair cruised with straight sets victories in their first three matches.
In the semifinals, Dozois and Myers received a challenge from unranked Lakeridge tandem Olivia Onustock and Kristin Taylor.
That pair dropped just two total games in its first two matches and then knocked off the No. 4 seed of Crystal Liu and Jennifer Ruan from Lake Oswego reach the semis and a berth at state.
In the semis, Dozois and Myers emerged with a tough 6-4, 7-6 win and advanced to the finals against the No. 3 seed from Sherwood.
In a terrific match, Dozois and Myers held on for a dramatic 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 victory.
It was the second three-set match in a row for the Sherwood pair as they narrowly knocked off Lakeridge's Rileigh Hamilton and Anna Lowy, the No. 2 seed in the semifinals. Hamilton and Lowy rolled in their first three matches, winning the first two 6-0, 6-0 and then knocking off Lake Oswego's Katelyn Bradley and Ally Hock in the quarterfinals.
Hamilton and Lowy would end up in third place, topping teammates Onustock and Taylor in the semifinals.
In the boys tournament, Lakeridge advanced two singles players and two doubles teams to state while Lake Oswego got one doubles team through.
In singles, Simon Homedes was the No. 2 seed and cruised into the semifinals, dropping just three total games in three matches.
There, he took on Newberg's Nico Bolz and, after dropping the opening set, dominated the remainder of the match, winning the next two 6-1, 6-0. In the finals, Homedes battled top seed Matt Perkins but fell in straight sets.
Emmett Moore entered the tournament unseeded but was barely challenged in his first two matches for the Pacers. Then in the quarters, he faced the No. 4 seed from Tigard and won easily 6-1, 6-3 before falling to Perkins in the semis. Moore would rebound to top Bolz in the semis for a third-place finish.
In doubles, Lakeridge's Bruno Homedes and Russell Risenhoover looked every bit the part of the top overall seed. They pounded their first three opponents without dropping a game and cruised in the final 6-1, 6-2 for an easy district championship.
Also reaching the finals from Lakeridge were Patrick Kanapeaux and Matt Stephens. That pairing won its opening three matches convincingly to reach the semis, earning a trip to state and squared off against the No. 2 seed from Tualatin.
Kanapeaux and Stephens were rock solid in the semis, picking up a 6-2, 6-4 win to earn a spot in the title match.
Meanwhile, Lake Oswego's team of Zach Buhlmann and Alex Roark were perhaps the surprise of the tournament. The pair won a tough early match 6-4, 6-4 before going up against a strong team from Newberg which knocked off the No. 4 seed in the opening round.
Buhlmann and Roark played another tight battle, splitting the first two sets before winning the super tiebreaker 10-8 to reach the quarters.
There, they squared off against a strong team from Lakeridge in Carson Donnelly and Justin Jones, winning 7-5, 6-2 to advance to state.
Also reaching the quarterfinals were Lakeridge's Ryan Mandel and Dylan Nelson and Lake Oswego's Eric Klein and Mark Yazhari.
The state qualifiers will now await their draws before battling at the state tournament next week.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT