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Shorthanded Pacer boys tennis team stays unbeaten

Missing three varsity player, Lakeridge fends off West Linn


The Lakeridge boys tennis team survived a big test last week against West Linn. Playing without three of its varsity players, including two of its top three individuals, Lakeridge snuck past the Lions 5-3 to stay unbeaten in league.

The Pacers dropped the No. 1 singles match but would win the next three singles matches in straight sets. Emmett Moore won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1, Carson Donnelly won a tight 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 3 and Justin Jones won at No. 3 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles, Lakeridge's Russell Risenhoover and freshman Patrick Kanapeaux won at No. 1 6-3, 6-0 but the Lions would rally for straight sets wins at both No. 2 and No. 3.

That put a huge amount of importance on the No. 4 doubles match. Lakeridge's team of Paul Sanchez and Eric Svoboda dropped the opening set 4-6 but would stay focused and rallied to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-4.

Had the Pacers lost the match in straight sets, it would have been determined by game, putting Lakeridge's victory in jeopardy.

Lakeridge would then roll Tigard 8-0. In eight matches, the Pacers dropped a total of nine games. The Pacers would win three of the four singles matches 6-0, 6-0.

The Lakeridge girls also knocked off Tigard 6-2 last week.

Marie Kanapeaux won at No. 1 singles in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 and Rileigh Hamilton and Erin Elliott also picked up convincing victories.

In doubles, the Pacers' top team of Kristin Taylor and Olivia Onustock won 6-4, 7-6. At No 2., Katie Blickenstaff and Mackenzie Sandor won 6-1, 6-0 while the No. 3 team of Hannah Harbour and Libby Hornecker won 6-3, 6-4.

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