The Lakers return some of last years top players and hope to vie for a TRL title

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Katie Day played at No. 1 singles for Lake Oswego last year and returns to the Lakers this spring. Lake Oswego's girls tennis team has reloaded and is set to be a force in the Three Rivers League again this year.

The Lakers have a strong line-up from top to bottom and one that should give coach Susan Branam plenty of options as the season goes on.

“Our team has really good depth. We are solid in each position. The girls are an experienced group and work well with each other. There are many options when it comes to doubles partnerships, we just need a little more time to figure out our best combinations,” Branam said.

In singles, last year's No. 1 player Katie Day returns to the Lakers and figures to be one of the top players in the league this season.

Crystal Liu should also make a big impact in singles.

In doubles, Lake Oswego has a mixture of experience and younger players. Caroline Dorman, Bridget Myers, Claire Murphy, Morgan Reno, Libby Dozois and Elle Meyer will all be big factors in doubles.

“I haven't yet determined who will be playing singles and doubles and definitely haven't decided on partnerships yet,” Branam said.

The weather has wreaked havoc early in the season as the Lakers have only been able to complete one match but the team is eager to get started, focusing on being consistent as well as footwork and play around the net.

Lake Oswego feels it has the skills to be one of the top teams in the league this year but will receive strong challenges from multiples squads.

“Our team goal each year is to win the TRL and each of the girls has her own individual goals. I think we'll have great matches. Lakeridge and West Linn are always strong teams and Clacakamas has great depth. Oregon City has a growing program too. We take every team seriously,” Branam said.

Lake Oswego is scheduled to open league play next Monday.

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