Lewandowski brought home the bronze for Molalla's girl's tennis team, finishes career among the best

SUBMITTED PHOTO: MIKE CLARKE - Mollie Lewandowski poses with her third place medal in Corvallis. Corvallis—Mollie Lewandowski once again proved that she is one of the best. The soft spoken Country Christian senior and Molalla girl's tennis team representative placed third in the 4A/3A/2A/1A state tennis tournament held in Corvallis on May 18 and 19.

Lewandowski, who had not been beaten in league play this year, started off the tournament by shutting out freshman Finley Cox of St. Mary's in 12 games. In the quarter finals, she bested senior Gabriela Beckstead of Philomath in two sets, winning 6-2 and 6-1 to advance to the penultimate game of the tournament.

Once there, however, Lewandowski faced a foe she could not overcome in senior Kate Keeney of Oregon Episcopal. Keeney downed Lewandowski 6-1 and 6-4, and would be the tournament runner up. Despite a strong showing, Lewandowski was instead headed to the third place matchup.

In her battle for bronze, Lewandowski met junior Ellie Mangan of Henley and won two closely contested sets 6-4 each time. It was a great showing for the Molalla girl's tennis team, and one coach Mike Clarke won't soon forget.

"This is the highest that anyone from Molalla has placed in my 28 years here," Clarke said to The Pioneer through text message. "Mollie will be greatly missed next year, not only as a player, but as a wonderful young lady. She is a true team leader."

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