West Linn girls place third at district tennis
The West Linn girls tennis team proved it.
The Lions proved that they belong among the Three Rivers League's best and proved it at the Three Rivers League district tournament last week.
West Linn, facing the TRL's best at the district tournament — held May 7-9 at Portland Tennis Center — fought to a third-place finish in the nine-team field, finishing with 46 points and trailing only tournament champion Lake Oswego's 66 and runner-up Lakeridge's 46.5.
While the Lions didn't qualify a singles player or doubles team to state — the Class 6A tournament opens Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center (formerly Tualatin Hills) in Beaverton — they did see most of their entrants win first-round matches and score valuable points for their team.
In singles play, seniors Theresa Li and Gretel Rajamoney, along with junior Hannah Vedder, all won their opening matches, but all three ran into top-four seeds in the second round and were eliminated.
Doubles play followed a similar arc for West Linn with three teams winning first-round matches before being ousted by seeded opponents in the second round. Those team were sophomores Montana Walsh and Sydney Sovde, junior Alyx Burkhartzmeyer and senior Vera Youga, and senior Mikayla Vincent and freshman Ella Gulbrandson.
The Lions' fourth doubles team, junior Caroline Grainger and senior Brooke Daugherty, lost their opener, but then rallied with four straight wins to take the tournament's consolation championship, beating Tualatin's Nicole Maxim and Noelle Emery 6-1, 6-3 in the finale.