Pacers send their top doubles team into the next round

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Katie Day earned another trip to state, advancing to the semifinals of the district tournament and then upsetting the No. 1 seed in the bracket to reach the finals.Lake Oswego's girls tennis team stole the show at the district tournament this week, continuing what has been a very strong season by sending three doubles teams and one singles player through to the state tournament.

The Lakers had set themselves up for success in the regular season, doing enough to earn three of the four seeds at districts, but they still needed to take care of business on the court.

Lake Oswego's top pairing of Caroline Dorman and Elle Meyer cruised through their first three matches without dropping a single game.

However, in the semifinals Wednesday morning, the Laker duo ran into a tough opponent in the form of their own teammates, third seeded Bridget Myers and Morgan Reno.

Myers and Reno had a similarly easy time in their first two matches, winning both of them 6-0, 6-0.

However, in the quarterfinals, they took on Lakeridge's Rileigh Hamilton and Shea Northfield in a phenomenal match.

The unseeded Pacer duo jumped out to a fast start, winning the opening set 7-5. However, Myers and Reno rallied to win the second 6-1. In the third, Hamilton and Northfield rallied but came up just short in their upset bid, falling 6-4.

In the semifinals, Myers and Reno took part in another three-set battle but top-seeded Dorman and Meyer came out on top 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Laker duo Libby Dozois and Claire Murphy rolled into the semis and a state berth with three straight wins.

There, they took on No. 4 seed Yumi Ito and Anna Seydel and won 6-3, 6-3 to move into the district title match.

Ito and Seydel put together a strong tournament, only dropping three games in their first two matches and then topping a solid team from Oregon City in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-3.

Lakeridge's Maris Bouc and Olivia Onustock also advanced to the quarterfinals, winning a tough second-round match 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 before falling to Dozois and Murphy.

In singles, an exciting regular season carried over into the district tournament.

Lake Oswego's Katie Day earned the No. 3 seed heading into the event and dropped just one game in three early matches to reach the semifinals.

In the semis, Day took on top-seeded Kali McCollister from Grant. After a hard-fought opening set was won by Day 7-5, she took over the match, winning the second set 6-0 to make it to the title match against defending district champion Ella Riddle from West Linn, the No. 2 seed.

Lakeridge's Adrienne Caba won a pair of tough early matches in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals before falling to Day as did Marie Kanapeaux, who fell to McCollister one round shy of state.

Lake Oswego's Anna Meyer also reached the quarterfinals, winning a tough three-set battle against Lakeridge's Alice Chen in the second round.

The state tournament will be held May 22-24 at Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills Recreation Center.

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