Lake Oswego girls tennis powers past game Lakeridge 7-1
The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls tennis teams may sit at opposite ends of the Three Rivers League standings, but that doesn't matter when it's time for the Battle of the Lake.
The Lakers beat the Pacers for the second time this spring on Monday, April 29, but saw Lakeridge compete throughout the contest and highlight their improvement from the first meeting.
In the end, the Lakers — the three-time reigning state champions — used their strength to power past the Pacers 7-1 under sunny skies at Lake Oswego High School.
"We always enjoy the little bit of extra competition we feel playing our crosstown rivals," said Lake Oswego coach Dina Wood. "We always feel a little more excitement and competitive playing against them."
"Our goal for the match was to hustle and make them earn it and I feel we did," said Lakeridge coach Anna Raschko. "(But) let's be honest — LO is in their own league. It's a battle for second place in the TRL."
With the win, the Lakers improved to 12-0 in Three Rivers League play, while the Pacers fell to 2-9 in the TRL.
The Lakers stepped up to sweep four wins in singles play on Monday, though the Pacers held their own and didn't get shut out in any of the matches.
Lake Oswego's Julia Lininger-White caught fire after a competitive first set to beat Lakeridge's Jadelyn Yep 6-4, 6-0 at first singles. At second singles, LO's Rebecca Prassas knocked off Taylor Hennelly 6-1, 6-1.
Lake Oswego's Jacqueline Booth kept her team rolling with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Lakeridge's Autumn Green at third singles. And at fourth singles, LO's Emma Murphy knocked off Pacer Amy Jia 6-3, 6-0.
"Julia Lininger-White … played a great match against Jadelyn Yep," Wood said, adding that Lininger-White remains unbeaten this season. "Julia is very consistent, but can change the ball up which is frustrating to her opponents."
"Our singles matches were closer than scores indicate," Raschko said. "They fought and battled out there as well."
The Pacers stepped up for their lone win in the day's top doubles match, however, with Gigi Davies and Sophie Lowy battling past Lakers Holly Dufek and Elena Lee 6-2, 7-5 at first doubles.
"One doubles winning their match was of course a highlight," Raschko said.
But the Lakers held the upper hand the rest of the way, with Elizabeth Cook and Surya Sankar beating Lakeridge's Cole Bryant and Caitlin Burns 6-3, 6-3 at second doubles. At third doubles, LO's Sera Lew and Emma Gintz won a tough match over Pacers Aislinn Schnapp and Clara Faucher 6-4, 6-3. And finally, at fourth doubles, Lakers Emma Chang and Ruby Hyun teamed up for victory in the closest LO win of the day, edging Lakeridge's Nicole Rogers and Sloan Culver 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
"We are pleased with our win over Lakeridge," Wood said. "We had a couple good matches and it's always exciting to play Lakeridge."
Wood noted that Cook and Sankar are also unbeaten this season, playing at second and third doubles.
"(They) fight hard in all their matches," she said. "They have grown throughout the season and are playing at their peak just in time for districts."
On their side of the net, the Pacers celebrated their successes against the talented Lakers.
"All of our doubles teams really battled out there and almost took a couple sets here and there," Raschko added. "I'm proud of the whole team's performance."
Lake Oswego 7, Lakeridge 1
Singles: Julia Lininger-White, LO, def. Jadelyn Yep 6-4, 6-0; Rebecca Prassas, LO, def. Taylor Hennelly 6-1, 6-1; Jacqueline Booth, LO, Autumn Green 6-0, 6-2; Emma Murphy, LO, def. Amy Jia 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles: Gigi Davies/Sophie Lowy, LR, def. Holly Dufek/Elena Lee 6-2, 7-5; Elizabeth Cook/Surya Sankar, LO, def. Cole Bryant/Caitlin Burns 6-3, 6-3; Sera Lew/Emma Gintz, LO, def. Aislinn Schnapp/Clara Faucher 6-4, 6-3; Emma Chang/Ruby Hyan, LO, def. Nicole Rogers/Sloan Culver 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
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