Ella Riddle qualifies for the girls and the boys' top doubles pairing advances

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn doubles partners Matt Perkins, left, and Mitch Tingey earned the No. 2 seed at districts and easily advanced to the semifinals, earning a state berth. After a frantic finish to get in make-up matches to end the regular season, there was little down time heading into the district tennis tournament this week. For West Linn, its seeded players advanced through the quarterfinal rounds and earned trips to state. The West Linn boys combined Mitch Tingey and Matt Perkins into a formidable late-season doubles team which earned the No. 2 seed at districts and easily qualified for state.

Meanwhile, for the girls, Ella Riddle was seeded second in the singles bracket and made it in a wide open and competitive field.

In the boys event, Tingey, a senior, and Perkins, a freshman, earned a favorable seed after picking up some impressive late victories despite limited time playing together.

The duo won all three of their matches Tuesday in straight sets, besting a strong Grant duo 6-3, 6-2 in the second round and a pair of Lake Oswego freshmen 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

West Linn junior Justus Gulbrandson and John Rowan also made it to the quarterfinals, winning their first match 6-1, 6-1 and then outlasting a solid Clackamas team 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarters before falling to the No. 1 overall seed.

The Lions' Sean Borne and Mitch Coronel also won an opening round match before falling to the No. 3 seed from Lakeridge.

In singles, the Lions' Connor Houlette won one of the best opening-round matches of the tournament 5-7, 6-2, 14-12 before being upended. In consolation, the Lions' Noah Archer advanced to the semifinal round Tuesday.

For the girls, Riddle entered as the defending district champion but competition in the league has been decidedly tough this season.

Still, the West Linn senior had little trouble in her first three matches as the No. 2 seed. She dropped just three total games in reaching the semifinals and was slated to take on Erin McDonald Wednesday morning.

West Linn's Sophia McFadden also won an opening-round match before falling to the top seed in the bracket from Grant.

In consolation, Becca Cruze, who received a tough draw in the tournament, advanced to the consolation semifinals Monday.

In doubles, Lake Oswego stole the show, claiming three of the four berths at state. The teams wrapped up the district tournament Wednesday at Portland Tennis Center and the state tournament will be held May 22-24.

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