Wilsonville girl's tennis send several to state
Portland—Over the course of the year, the Wildcats did some real damage in the Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC). The team went unbeaten in the regular season, sent six players to the state tournament, and had the highest collective GPA in all of the 5A classification. They also won the league championship and district tournament championship. All in all, pretty solid.
"We always want to play our best tennis heading into districts and state and for the most part, I think we're doing that," Wilsonville girls tennis coach Steven Huynh said. "Everyone played well."
Senior Sidney Lowry was the winner of the NWOC girl's tennis tournament. She bested players from La Salle and St. Helens in the opening round and second round before squaring off with junior teammate Elle Berry in the quarterfinals. Lowry walked away with a two set win, 6-1 and 6-0. In the semifinals, Lowry bested Sandy senior Maggie Fox in a shutout 6-0 and 6-0. To round out her impressive display, Wilsonville's top representative beat La Salle sophomore Ashley Smith to take the gold.
"There are some great players at State, and we're fortunate to have one of them in Sidney," Huynh said. "She has more state experience than the rest of our girls combined so they can learn a lot from her. There will also be a lot of new faces competing at State this year. We're excited to see our girls compete at that level."
Wilsonville senior Samantha Monello also made an impressive run of her own. In the opening rounds, she bested her opponents in two sets and in the quarter finals she squared off with Sandy sophomore Madison Krening. Monello promptly defeated her 6-1 and 6-1 in two sets. In the semifinals, Monello fell to eventual finalist Smith in two sets. In the third place matchup, Monello bested Maggie Fox to take the bronze. Despite the strong showing, Monello will not be making the trip to the state tournament due to a prior commitment. In her stead will be Elle Berry.
Berry, after losing to Lowry in the quarterfinals, went on to beat her subsequent opponent but fell to Krening in her final match of the day.
For the doubles side of the equation, freshman Clarissa Klein and sophomore Madeleine Klein battled to the top of bracket, besting teammates Kara and Camille Rule in the finals to take the gold. Both pairs will go to the state tournament to compete against the best in the state.
The team going to state will be an important one for Huynh who, along with his brother and assistant coach Ricky Huynh, will see players who have been with them the four years that they have been coaching at Wilsonville.
"This is a special group of seniors for us," Huynh said. "Sidney, Samantha, Kara, and Camille started this journey with us four years ago and we appreciate everything they've done for this program. We're going to miss them when the season is over."