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Forest Grove’s Lester and Ruder, along with Hillsboro’s Tran compete at state.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Forest Grove's Emily Lester during a tennis match earlier this season. Lester won a first round match before losing in the second round of last week's OSAA State Tennis Championships.Forest Grove's Emily Lester and David Ruder, along with Hillsboro's Huan Tran represented their respective schools at last week's OSAA State Tennis Championships held between the Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

Lester, who placed second at districts to qualify for state, won her opening round match against Lincoln's Alex Thompson when Thompson was forced to retire after two sets. The Forest Grove senior dropped the first set 0-6, but then fought back to win the second set 7-5 before the Lincoln senior conceded due to a shoulder injury. Lester would drop her second round match to Summit's Madi Sebulsky 6-1, 6-2, but despite the loss, Vikings' head coach T.J. Buehler couldn't have been prouder of Lester's performance both in that tournament, and throughout her career at Forest Grove.

"She represented herself and Forest Grove very well," the coach said. "I've had a few very good players in my tenure as the women's tennis coach, but by the end of her high school career, I haven't had anyone as complete...she's as good as I've ever had."

Tran defeated Dalton Martin from Thurston 6-3, 6-4 in his opening match, then fell in the second round to Redmond's Breadon Brooks 6-2, 6-0. Tran qualified for state after finishing second to Wilsonville's Jack Roche at the Northwest Oregon Conference Championships a week prior. Roche also fell in the second round.

Ruder, who won the Pacific Conference Championship, lost his opening round match to Barlow's Christian Maxey 6-0, 6-1. The Forest Grove senior then went on to lose a consolation quarterfinal match to Ethan Smith of Roseburg 8-2.


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