All four Sherwood girls duos get at least one victory

by: DAN BROOD - TEAMWORK -- Sherwood seniors Hannah Huntington (left) and Amy Otis reached the quarterfinal round in doubles competition at the Class 5A state tennis tournament.BEAVERTON — Doubles teams have helped carry the banner for the Sherwood High School girls tennis team all season long.

So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that doubles play helped lead the way for the Lady Bowmen at the Class 5A girls tennis state tournament.

Sherwood sent four teams to the tournament, and all four of those teams picked up at least one victory at the event held last Thursday through Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

“It was a good season,” Sherwood senior Kelsey Niebergall said after she and senior Carley Mills played in Saturday’s state tournament consolation championship match. “We’re proud of ourselves.”

“And it’s always fun with (Sherwood coach) Jim (Krauel),” Mills added.

Sherwood, led by its doubles squads, finished in sixth place in the final team standings at the tournament with 5.5 points.

Mills and Niebergall got off to a bit of a rough start to the tournament as they fell 6-4, 6-2 to Carrie Huang and Ann Santich of Crescent Valley in a first round match. But the Lady Bowmen came storming back in consolation bracket play.

First, they downed Hayley Cottrell and Amy Le of Benson 8-4 in a pro-set consolation quarterfinal match.

In the consolation semifinals, Mills and Niebergall faced some familiar opponents, as they had to take on a pair of their Sherwood teammates in seniors Lydia Ng and Bryce Keicher.

Mills and Niebergall came away with an 8-0 pro-set win in the match of Lady Bowmen DAN BROOD - COACH CHAT -- Sherwood High School girls tennis coach Jim Krauel gives some advice to Lady Bowmen seniors Kelsey Niebergall (right) and Carley Mills during Saturday's consolation doubles title match.

In Saturday’s consolation championship, Mills and Niebergall got off to a sluggish start in their match against Lauren Sibole and Madison Penn of Marist.

The Marist duo jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on its way to getting a 6-2 first-set victory.

The second set started much the same way, with Sibole and Penn taking a quick 2-0 lead.

But then, something happened. Mills and Niebergall got things turned around — in a big way.

The Sherwood duo won the final six games of the second set to get a 6-2 victory, sending the match to a third set.

“We were nervous at the beginning,” Mills said. “But we played more together in the second set.”

Unfortunately for the Lady Bowmen team, it couldn’t carry its momentum into the third set.

Sibole and Penn won the first three games of the set, with two of those games decided in deuce, to jump out to a 3-0 lead. The Marist team went on to win the third set 6-2 to capture the consolation championship.

The loss didn’t seem to put a damper the season for Mills and Niebergall.

“It’s been so great,” Niebergall said.

“I wouldn’t want any other partner,” Mills added.

“She can read my face,” Niebergall said.

Sherwood seniors Amy Otis and Hannah Huntington, playing at the state tournament together for the first time, reached the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.

They opened the tourney with a 6-7 (2-7), 6-0, 6-4 win over Kiana Jensen and Olivia Campbell of Churchill in a qualifying round match. They then bested Jessica Nguyen and Tina De of Benson 6-2, 6-2 in a first-round contest before falling 6-2, 6-0 to Claire Meunier and Julie Meunier in the quarterfinals.

“This means a lot to us,” Otis said following the quarterfinal match. “Our goal was just to get to state.”

“This was a big thing for me,” Huntington said. “I just started as a sophomore.”

“It’s crazy to be in the top eight,” Otis said.

Sherwood seniors Courtney Mostul and Nancy Nguyen also reached the quarterfinal round at state. They opened the tourney with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Lindsay Pautsch and Ellie Cale of West Albany in a first-round match before they were edged 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) by Hayley Yonger and Kelsey Collis of Summit in the quarterfinals.

Ng and Keicher opened the tourney with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 win over Madison Cole and Richelle Mockler-Martens of Cleveland in a qualifying round match. The Sherwood duo then fell 6-0, 6-2 to top-seeded Hanna Greenberg and Vika O’Brien of Ashland in a first-round match.

Ng and Keicher then bested Amy Schenk and Clare Belott of Wilson 8-3 in a pro-set consolation quarterfinal match before they met up with Mills and Niebergall.

Sherwood freshman Allison Schwarm, competing in singles competition, fell 6-3, 6-4 to Ashland’s Anne Kim in a qualifying round contest.

The Sherwood boys had a pair of teams competing in the state tournament.

The team of seniors Colton Baker and Alec Wisthoff fell 6-3, 6-2 to Max Burt and Michael Montes of Ashland in a first-round match. In the consolation quarterfinals, Baker and Wisthoff were edged 8-6 by Cameron Tulare and Josh Woodland of Bend.

The Sherwood team of senior Grant McLaughlin and freshman Carson Donnelly lost 6-2, 6-0 to No. 4 seed Jonathan Colner and Ben Lucke of Cleveland in the opening round. In the consolation quarterfinals, McLaughlin and Donnelly fell 8-5 to Eidy Bambang and Ben Traffes of Wilsonville.

Ashland won the Class 5A girls state team championship. Crescent Valley and Marist tied for first place in the boys team standings.

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