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Bruin senior Natalie Budge bows out in quarterfinals; doubles teams battle in opening rounds

PMG PHOTO: AUSTIN WHITE - Barlow Senior Hudson Pate and sophomore Hayden de la Cruz lost in the second round to the top-seeded doubles team at the 6A State Tennis Tournament. The Mt. Hood Conference was well-represented at the 6A Tennis State Championships as individuals and doubles teams from Barlow, Gresham and Sandy all competed well in the opening rounds of the tournament.

The boys and girls state tournaments were held Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Bruin senior Natalie Budge won her opening bout against Grant junior Marina Seidl 6-1, 6-2; before falling in the quarterfinals to No. 5 Sydney Board, a Tigard sophomore, in what was a hard-fought 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 contest.

On the boys side, Gresham senior Isaac Walker lost his opening round to Newberg senior Drew Sellke 6-0, 6-1.

For the doubles tournament, a pair of Bruins teams qualified for state.

PMG PHOTO: AUSTIN WHITE - Barlow Kari Moffat competed at state alongside her doubles partner Sophie Bier.Senior Hudson Pate and sophomore Hayden de la Cruz won their opening-round bout over Sheldon's Cash Daughters and Aiden Chance 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker); then lost in round two against the top-seeded duo Lincoln's Cooper Lahti and Sean Miller 6-1, 6-1.

Fellow Bruins sophomore Joel Moffat and junior Jacob Stump fell in the first round to McMinnville's Quincy Reuter and Silas Sumner 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

On the girls side Barlow seniors Sophie Bier and Kari Moffat lost in round one to the No. 8 team from Westview Riho Iijima and Tessa Rozendal 6-1, 6-1; and Sandy sophomore Adriana Barbee and junior Julie Twist fell in round one to Sunset's Katherine Looi and Jovine Lim 6-4, 6-2.

In the 4A bracket, the dynamic Estacada duo of Maria Portillo de Mueller and Ana Garica Munoz had to pull out of the doubles tournament due to eligibility issues, meaning the Rangers team couldn't continue their upset bid through postseason play that had them down many of the top teams in districts.

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