Canby girl's tennis team sends first doubles to state
Canby's girl's tennis team put together a heck of a season in 2018. The team finished third place in league, and managed to send a pair of battle tested seniors to the state doubles tournament. Hannah Myers and Diana Krischenko will be representing the Cougars at state after taking bronze on Wednesday, May 9 in the Three Rivers League tournament.
Entering the bracket seeded fourth, Myers and Krischenko made it past Leah Swanson and Emily Sverdrup of Tigard in the opening round of play, besting the opposition 6-1 and 6-1 in two sets. In the second round, they defeated Tualatin's Riley McAdams and Sophie Bennett 6-1 and 6-2 to advance to the quarter finals.
Once there, the duo played their toughest match to date against Lake Oswego's Jennifer Ruan and Julia Liniger-White. Myers and Krischenko dropped the first set 7-6, but won the ensuing two sets 7-5 to make it to the semi-finals and ensuring a top four spot.
In the semi-finals, Canby's tennis players lost to eventual district champions Melisha Dogra and Anna Lowy of Lake Oswego. Dogra and Lowy came into the tournament seeded number one, and proved it. Krischenko and Myers were shut out in two sets. However, the Cougars won the third place matchup against the unseeded Lake Oswego representatives Arielle Bloom and Julia Yazhari.
Canby sophomore Arika Evans and senior Emily Bennett lost their opening match, but advanced to the finals of the consolation bracket. The duo eventually lost to Caroline Grainger and Brooke Daugherty of West Linn 6-3 and 6-1 in two sets.
The singles side of the Canby did not fare as well as their double counterparts, but there were a few pockets of success. Junior Josie Warren made it past the opening round by defeating Newberg senior Sarah Dixon but fell to Tualatin's Autumn Lewis.
Junior Claire Wright lost her initial match, but won two consecutive matches in the consolation bracket. Wright beat Newberg's Valeria Cosgrove, and St. Helens's Emily McDonald before falling to Natalia Lucas Morato of Tigard.