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Boys tennis team hoping for strong finish

With wins over Lake Oswego and Lakeridge, the Lions can clinch a share of the TRL title


by: MILES VANCE - West Linn's Andre To returns a shot in last weekend's Jesuit Invitational. The West Linn boys tennis team got a taste of reality last week in its rematch against Grant and at the annual Jesuit Tournament.

The Generals has been eyeing their second meeting with the Lions this year after a tough earlier loss and hoped to be the first team in the league to knock West Linn off.

Grant accomplished that goal, winning 6-2, including a sweep in four singles matches.

“Grant is clearly the superior team of the league. We stole the day after spring break match so this was payback,” coach Ward Lewis said.

The Generals lost a total of five games in at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles. At No. 4 singles, West Linn's Mark Paraschuck played in the only three-set match of the afternoon, falling 3-6, 7-5, 2-6.

In doubles, West Linn's No. 1 team of Mitch Tingey and Craig Wright lost to Grant's top pairing for the second time this year. It is the only team in the league to have beaten Tingey and Wright this year.

The Lions picked up their wins at third and fourth doubles. The No. 3 team of Dakoda Archer and Conner Houlette won 6-2, 7-5 and the No. 4 team of Yem Alharithi and Mitch Coronel won 6-2, 6-3.

The Lions then faced very strong competition at the Jesuit Tournament. West Linn ended up in Jesuit's pool and the Crusaders ousted the Lions in seven of eight matches.

West Linn righted the ship earlier this week with a 7-1 win over Clackamas.

West Linn won all four of its doubles matches, the best of which came at No. 4 where Alharithi and Coronel ground out a tough three-set victory.

In singles, Russell Risenhoover, Paraschuck and Noah Archer all won matches in straight sets.

The Lions have a huge week ahead of them with rematches against Lake Oswego and Lakeridge scheduled on back-to-back days.

If West Linn can win both of those matches, the team would clinch at least a share of the league title.

“Now it's a test of resilience. We have to pick ourselves up and learn from those matches,” Lewis said.

For the girls, West Linn ran into a very tough Lake Oswego squad on Tuesday, falling 7-1.

The most anticipated match of the afternoon was at No. 1 singles were the Lions' Ella Riddle knocked off Lake Oswego's top player 6-3, 6-1 to stay unbeaten in league.

The Lions also knocked off Grant 7-1 last week. Riddle, Becca Cruze and Maddy Kunstel all won in straight sets in Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles while Jackie Reele pulled out a tough three-setter.

In doubles, West Linn captured won at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in straight sets with the teams of Macie Coronel and Nicole Campbell, Emmalee Scheid and Jenna Broadhurst and Emily Bourne and Callie Olson all winning in straight sets.



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