Spears qualifies third for state at Northwest Oregon Conference tennis championships
Zhen and Olson win boys' doubles consolation championship
Hannah Spears will at last play tennis at state.
The third-seeded St. Helens senior beat Wilsonville sophomore Samantha Monello 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the Northwest Oregon Conference Singles Championships at Parkrose High School, defeated Broncos junior Helen Vu 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
She fell 6-1, 6-2 to Wilsonville sophomore Sidney Lowry and bounced Sandy senior Anna Knollman 6-0, 6-1 for third place.
She had a tremendous tournament, Lions coach Dave Geiger said. She won state in volleyball [as an outside hitter in 2014], and shes going to state in tennis. The dream is completed.
Lions senior Tony Zhen and junior Jacob Olson finished their season on top with the boys doubles consolation championship.
The Class 5A state tournament is set for Thursday and Friday at the Portland Tennis Center and for Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
St. Helens has never won a state tennis title, but Spears is out to impress in a rebuilding year.
Were just there to get in, thats all that matters, Geiger said. Shell surprise some people.
Ashlands girls tied Corvallis last season for their third state title in as many years.
Summit (La Pine) has won four of the last seven boys team titles.