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The Laker girls tennis team adds to is run with its first state championship since 1992



Lake Oswego girls tennis team members pose with the state championship trophy following a terrific showing at the state tournament last week in Beaverton.When Anna Lowy and Bridget Myers won the final point of their third-place match on Saturday, they quickly embraced, shook hands and then ran to celebrate with coach Susan Branam who had been watching from behind a curtain at the Tualatin Hills Recreation center.

Lowy and Myers knew what was on the line heading into their final match of the tournament on Saturday morning. For the second year in a row, Lake Oswego was locked in a tight battle with Jesuit for the state championship.

The Crusaders had edged Lake Oswego by half a point last spring and the Lakers had aspirations to get over the hump this season.

The Lakers held a two-point lead over Jesuit after Friday’s matches but there was still a possibility for the Crusaders to pass them.

That all ended with Lowy and Myers’ victory. They faced Jesuit’s top pairing, the No. 1 seed in the bracket which Lake Oswego’s team of Katie Day and Mina Vukovic had knocked off the previous day.

Lowy and Myers were confident they could repeat the feat and made up for a tough loss in the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"We weren't too nervous. We knew our teammates had won earlier and that gave us confidence," Lowy said.

"It's a pretty perfect way to close out my senior year," Myers said.

After that, everything else was icing on the cake for Lake Oswego. And, as it turned out, that icing would include a pair of state doubles champions as well.

Day and Vukovic were the No. 3 seed in the tournament and rolled into the semifinals with a pair of straight sets victories.

Then, facing the top seed from Jesuit, Day and Vukovic were confident and seized early control of the match, winning 6-2, 6-3.

"It was great to be able to have this experience, to play at this level in a state tournament," Vukovic said.

In the final on Saturday, the Laker pair fell behind early to a strong pair of seniors from Grants Pass, the No. 2 seed but would rattle off 11 straight games to win 6-3, 6-0 to win the state title.

"We hadn't seen them before so we had to get used to the way they played. It's a really surreal feeling right now," Day said.

It was nearly an all Lake Oswego affair in the finals as Lowy and Myers rolled into the semis with two straight sets wins as well before falling to the Grants Pass team 6-2, 7-6.

Winning the state title was a team effort for Lake Oswego. The doubles team of Crystal Liu and Jennifer Ruan won 6-0, 6-3 in the first round and then nearly knocked off the No. 7 seed from Lincoln.

In singles, sophomore Melisha Dogra earned the No. 2 seed and won 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-2 before falling to the No. 3 seed from Lincoln. Dora would finish in fourth place overall.

Elle Meyer also scored for Lake Oswego in singles, winning her first match in a tough three-set battle before falling to the No. 7 seed.

It was a fantastic way for this group of seniors to go out. In the past four years, Lake Oswego has gone 64-0 in dual matches and earned a trophy each year, placing fourth in 2013, third in 2014 and second in 2015.

And the run doesn’t figure to let up any time soon as the Lakers return a strong contingent next year on another deep squad.

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