by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham High senior Jessica Emoto returns a forehand blast during her 6-0, 6-2 second-round win Thursday. PORTLAND — Gresham senior Jessica Emoto wasn’t ready to see her prep career come to an end on a rainy Friday morning.

A light drizzle moved play inside during Friday’s quarterfinal round at the 6A state tennis tournament. Emoto, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, dropped the first set by a 6-3 count before rushing back to stay alive in the second set.

The match turned in a marathon seventh game that saw a number of lengthy baseline volleys that had both players hitting lasers over the net. Emoto eventually pulled it out with a long ball that forced Riddle to retreat behind the baseline, moving her feet on a slightly off-balance return that sailed a bit long.

Both players spent a moment hunched over their racquets with fatigue, the body language not giving away who had claimed the pivotal game.

“Those long points are physically and mentally tiring,” Emoto said. “Winning those helps give you an extra edge.”

Emoto would take the second set 6-4 and made quick work of her opponent 6-0 in the decisive third set. Her run came to an end in the state semifinals later that afternoon with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to No. 2 seed Cam Kincaid of Lincoln.

Look for expanded coverage of Emoto’s tournament in the Tuesday, May 27, print edition.

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