Canby girls tennis accumulates wins at TRL district meet
Canby's girls' tennis team might not have anyone headed to the state tournament, but that doesn't mean the team wasn't able to snag a handful of victories on Friday, May 10.
The most fruitful of those athletes was senior Claire Wright. After being defeated in a highly competitive three set affair against St. Mary's Academy freshman Vy Lam 2-1 (7-6, 4-6, 6-4), Wright went on a tear. The veteran tennis player ousted Oregon City junior Crystal Lehigh, Tigard junior Emma Parker, and St. Mary's Academy freshman Olivia Kuchela to reach the consolation bracket finals.
There, she ran into teammate Rachel Bigej who was on her own run after an initial setback. The Canby junior lost to Tualatin's Meghan MacPherson, but won consecutive matches against Tigard junior Ellie Dodson, St. Mary's Academy senior Juliana Galian, and Lakeridge junior Jadelyn Yep to meet up with Wright.
In that final consolation match, it was ultimately Wright who secured the victory, winning 2-0 (6-3, 6-1) to close out her high school career.
Sophomore Caitlin Gay began her district meet well enough, handing West Linn senior Claire Griffiths a loss in two sets (6-2, 6-1). However, in the next round Tualatin sophomore Avery Lewis proved too much for Gay to handle, defeating the Cougar after a competitive three set affair 2-1 (6-4, 4-6, 6-1).
Sophomore Noelani Hernandez suffered a similar fate as Gay. After defeating Tigard freshman Haley Cabera 2-0 (6-2, 6-1), Hernandez was bested in the subsequent match with the No. 2 seed from St. Mary's, junior Maria Quisling.
For Canby's doubles, the day was less fruitful. Seniors Lillian Lockwood and Amanda Davis were defeated by Tualatin's Kate Vohlland and Hannah Shaub 2-0 (6-3, 6-2) in the opening round. Canby's seniors bounced back in the consolation round with a convincing win over Oregon City's Brittney Lee and Renata Li, but couldn't build upon that in the next match, losing to Lakeridge juniors Cole Bryant and Caitlin Burns.
Canby's Arika Evans and Josie Warren entered the Three Rivers League tournament as the No. 5 seed, and off the top things started out well. The duo overcame Lakeridge's Nicole Rogers and Aislinn Schnapp 2-0 (6-2, 6-3), and followed that up with an equally impressive three set victory over Tualatin juniors Darci Chamberlin and Elyse Burton (3-6, 6-4, 6-3). The Cougars' good fortune would run short in the quarterfinals against West Linn seniors Alyx Burkhartzmeyer and Caroline Grainger. The Lions overcame Warren and Evans 2-0 (6-1, 6-1) to end the surge towards state.
Canby's Karly Bierma and Cassidy Lowry got their portion of the district bracket started off strong, besting Oregon City's Jaedon Knop and Annabella Mumma in two sets (6-2, 6-3). In their sophomore outing however, Bierma and Lowry were overcome by Tigard's Nicole Mazzeo and Ali Dreves 6-2 and 6-0.
Canby juniors Naarai Gomez and Danielle Netter also won their first match of the day 2-0 (6-1, 6-3), this time over Tualatin's Haley Harrington and Megan Sweeney. After that though, they were bested by Lakeridge's Gigi Davies and Sophie Lowry, the eventual district champions, in just two sets (6-2, 6-0).
The girls tennis team finished in sixth place at the district meet with 17 points.