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Spears qualifies third for state at Northwest Oregon Conference tennis championships

Zhen and Olson win boys' doubles consolation championship


COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID GEIGER - Lions senior Hannah Geiger qualified third for state at the Northwest Oregon Conference Girls' Tennis Championships on Wednesday at Parkrose High School in Portland.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 she’s 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.

“We’re just there to get in, that’s all that matters,” Geiger said. “She’ll surprise some people.”

Ashland’s girls tied Corvallis last season for their third state title in as many years.

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE GEIGER - Lions junior Jacob Olson, left, and Tony Zhen, right, won the Northwest Oregon Conference boys' doubles consolation championship on Wednesday at Parkrose High School in Portland.Summit (La Pine) has won four of the last seven boys’ team titles.