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Tigard's Roshak reaches district finals again

Ahl and Davis earn state tourney bid in doubles play


by: DAN BROOD - BIG BACKHAND -- Tigard High School senior Courtney Roshak hits a shot during the girls singles title match Saturday during play at the Pacific Conference district tournament. McMINNVILLE — There are at least two things you can say about Courtney Roshak.

The Tigard High School senior sure seems to be both versatile and consistent.

A year after reaching the Pacific Conference girls tennis district tournament finals in doubles competition, Roshak was back in the finals again this year.

Only, this time it was in singles play.

“That feels amazing,” Roshak said of reaching the district tourney singles finals. “When I was a freshman, I saw (Tigard’s) Priya Patel get to the finals. That was so inspiring. It’s been my goal since then.”

Roshak will next be making her second straight trip to the Class 6A state tournament.

The top four boys and girls singles players and doubles teams from the district tournament advance to play at the state event, which will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday at the Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

“I’m so excited for state,” Roshak said. “This will be my first time going in singles. I’m going to enjoy the experience, have a positive attitude and maybe win a couple of matches.”

Roshak won more than a couple matches at the district tourney.

She triumphed in her first two matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, with a state bid on the line, Roshak posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tualatin’s Sarah Lemieux.

The Tiger senior didn’t stop there, as she scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Newberg’s Sam Russo to earn a spot in the finals, where she faced defending champion Eka Essien of Century.

Roshak came out strong in the title match, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening set.

But Essien rallied to score a 6-3, 6-2 win for her second straight conference singles title.

“She’s a tough player,” Roshak said. “I was fired-up. I played with a lot of heart and aggression. I never want to go down without a fight.”

by: DAN BROOD - TIGER TEAM -- Tigard seniors Mitch Davis (left) and Tanner Ahl qualified for to play in the Class 6A state tennis tournament after finishing third in boys doubles play at the district tourney.Roshak will open the state tournament today when she faces Sheldon freshman Emma Duvall in a first-round match at the Portland Tennis Center.

Roshak also helped the Tigard girls place second in the district tournament team standings with 24 points. That put the Tigers only two points behind first-place Tualatin.

The Tigard boys will also have a state tournament representative with the doubles team of seniors Tanner Ahl and Mitch Davis.

“This means a lot to us,” Ahl said. “We put I a lot of work, and it paid off.”

“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get to state,” Davis said. “It’s a great way to end my senior year.”

Reaching that state-tournament goal may have seemed unlikely, with the fact that this is just the second year that Ahl has played tennis.

“He’s my good friend, and he got me to go out for the team,” Ahl said, referring to Davis.

The Tigard friends won their first two district tourney matches by scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, with a state bid on the line, they battled their way to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Tualatin’s Davis Loen and Josh Olson.

After falling to eventual champions Aiden Thillman and Barry Vernon of Newberg in the semifinals, Ahl and Davis earned a hard-fought 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 6-4 win over Tualatin’s Tyler Snyder and Dahn Nguyen in a marathon third-place match.

Ahl and Davis had lost to Snyder and Nguyen twice during the regular season before coming back to get a win in Saturday’s third contest between the teams.

“Today, we finally got things together,” Davis said.

Ahl and Davis will open the state tournament today when they face Grant seniors Stephan Malin and Seth Selis in a first-round match at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

“We’ll play our best and see what happens,” Davis said.

Play at the state tournament starts today at 9 a.m.




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