Six Lakers and two Pacers qualify for next weeks tournament

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Brittany Dales, along with partner Stacey Strovink, finished third in districts and qualifed for state.The Three Rivers League district girls tennis tournament wrapped up last week and both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools will be well represented at state.

The Lake Oswego girls qualified two singles players and a pair of doubles teams for state, including district champions Caroline Dorman and Blair Dozois.

“To have six players advnace on to the state tournament is beyond expectations,” Laker coach Susan Branam said.

Lakeridge, meanwhile, qualified its top doubles team as well.

The top four seeds in each bracket all advanced to the semifinals in a tournament that saw only a few upsets.

In singles, Lake Oswego's Katie Day and Libby Dozois earned the Nos. 2 and 4 seeds respectively. Day won her first three matches in straight sets, only dropping one total game en route to the semifinals.

Dozois did the same, dropping just one game in her opening match.

In the semifinals, Dozois fell to the eventual district champion and No. 1 seed from West Linn while Day fell in a tough three-set battle to the No. 3 seed from Grant.

In the third place match, Day knocked off her teammate in straight sets.

Lakeirdge's Anna Seydel advanced to the quarterfinals in singles, winning a solid 6-3, 7-6 match in the second round before falling to the No. 3 seed.

In consolation, Lakeridge's Alice Chen won four matches, including the final 6-2, 7-5.

In the doubles bracket, Lakeridge's Brittany Dales and Stacey Strovink had the No. 1 seed and had an easy time in their first three matches, winning each of them in straight sets.

The No. 2 seed, Lake Oswego's Blair Dozois and Dorman, also won three quick matches on the first day of the tournament, losing just one total game.

Lake Oswego Celia Moore and Claire Murphy were seeded No. 3 in the tournament and cruised early before knocking off the No. 6 seed 6-4, 6-4, also earning a berth in the semifinals.

On Thursday morning, Moore and Murphy then knocked off Dales and Strovink 7-6, 6-1 and would take on their teammates, Dozois and Dorman in the finals after that pairing won a solid match 6-2, 7-5.

Dorman and Dozois would win the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

“It was fun to sit back and watch them relax and play. I think all four of them considered themsleves winners when it was over,” Branam said.

Dales and Strovink would rally to win the third-place match in a tough three-setter 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Lakeridge's Katie Ellis and Kristin Taylor made the quarterfinals in doubles with two strong victories as did Lake Oswego's pairing of Holly Mindemann and Morgan Reno.

In the consolation bracket, Lake Oswego's team of Elle Meyer and Natalia Perry topped Lakeridge's Kate Kitto and Shea Northfield 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

The state tournament will be May 16-18 at the Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills Recreation Center.

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