Both teams continue to make strides in the strong TRL

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Noah Archer hits a ground stroke in Monday's match against Grant. Archer played in a close three-set battle at No. 2 singles.Some good weather finally allowed the West Linn tennis teams to get in matches early this week as both the boys and girls squads continue to take on very strong competition in the TRL this season.

Tuesday, the West Linn girls battled league-leading Lake Oswego at home, making up an earlier postponed match.

The Lakers' depth was tough to overcome but the Lions handled themselves well in a 6-2 defeat.

Two of those losses came in hard-fought three-set battles.

At No. 1 singles, West Linn's Ella Riddle put together a strong performance against Lake Oswego's Katie Day, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

West Linn came close to capturing all three of the top singles matches. At No. 2, Becca Cruze dropped the opening set 3-6 but rallied for a 6-4 win in the second. She then fell in a back-and-forth third set 6-4.

West Linn picked up another victory at No. 3 singles where Ellen Rowan scored a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Lake Oswego was dominant in the top half of the doubles bracket, dropping only two games in three matches.

But, at No. 4 doubles, the team of Sydney Wood and Miranda Ounaphom nearly came up with the victory, losing perhaps the closest match of the afternoon 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

The young West Linn boys team continues to improve as the season progresses.

The Lions fell to Lake Oswego 5-3 in a match where West Linn wasn't at full strength.

West Linn won the top three singles matches bu was swept in doubles.

Matt Perkins scored an easy 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and Mitch Tingey also won handily 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

Noah Archer captured a straight sets win 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

In doubles, three of the four matches were exceptionally close with the No. 2 doubles team of Sean Borne and Nate Minson falling in a three-set battle.

Monday, against Grant, the Generals came away with a 7-1 victory, sweeping in doubles.

Three of the four singles matches went to three sets with the Lions' Justus Gulbrandson winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.

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