Lake Oswego girls tennis stays hot, routs St. Mary's 8-0
There's been nothing — at least not yet — that can stop the Lake Oswego girls tennis team.
The Lakers proved as much on Wednesday, April 27, when they powered past St. Mary's 8-0 at Lake Oswego High School. In the process, Lake Oswego won for the ninth straight time in 2022 and strengthened its hold on first place in the Three Rivers League.
"The team did well today and we had some really good matches. I'm very proud of how everyone played," said Lake Oswego senior Emma Chang, who won in straight sets at No. 1 singles against St. Mary's. "It shows how strong our team is as a whole and will prepare us to go into district with a positive mindset."
"The team did really well today," added senior Rebecca Prassas, who teamed with sophomore Ella Eames for a tough, three-set win at first doubles. "We all played our best and had many efficient matches. It reinforces how strong each and every player on our team is and shows how consistently we can succeed as a whole."
With the win, the team's ninth straight, Lake Oswego improved to 9-0 in TRL play and 9-0 overall. St. Mary's, meanwhile, lost for the fifth straight time and fell to 2-5 in the TRL and 2-5 overall.
The Lakers not only swept all four of the day's singles matches, they only lost four games total in those four victories, headlined by Chang's 6-1, 6-0 victory over St. Mary's Gracie Nelson at first singles.
"I was very happy with how I played, especially in terms of serving," Chang said. "This is usually one of my toughest matches so I was glad that I pulled through pretty easily."
Lake Oswego kept rolling in the rest of the singles ladder, too, with freshman Malina Johnson racing past St. Mary's Kate Brady 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2. At third singles, LO sophomore Ava Kitchin knocked off St. Mary's Shauna Sundberg 6-1, 6-0. And at No. 4 singles, Laker senior Anna Wallin beat St. Mary's Lucy Vangelisti 6-1, 6-0.
Lake Oswego was equally successful in doubles against the Blues, though Prassas and Eames had to battle for their 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 win over St. Mary's Olivia Kuchela and Vy Lam at first doubles. In the process, Prassas and Eames avenged a first-round loss to Kuchela and Lam from April 5.
"I had a good serving day, so I would say overall (we were) pretty solid," Prassas said.
At second doubles, LO sophomore Rian Murphy and freshman Erin Kim swept past St. Mary's Lucie Jain and Signe Wasik 6-2, 6-4. At No. 3 doubles, Lake Oswego junior Cyndee Li and freshman Rachel Khalili sped past St. Mary's Athena Fitzgerald and Hazel Drotning 6-0 , 6-1. And at fourth doubles, Laker seniors Claire Rudinsky and Heather Thom dropped St. Mary's Kiona Vandenhoof and Ruby Ecker 6-1, 6-0.
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