Lakeridge had 5 players (1 singles player and 2 doubles teams) qualify to compete in the OSAA 2017 Boys Tennis State Championships.
On the first day of the competition the Pacers had mixed results. In the singles draw, Emmett Moore lost a very close first round encounter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to a surprisingly tough opponent. Emmett’s first round loss would enable him to compete in the consolation draw, so he would return for action on day two.
On the doubles side of things Ryan Mandel and Ethan Davies came out slugging and never let up on their way to a 6-3, 6-4 first round victory. Ryan came away with what was surely the shot of the day with his leaping overhead smash winner. The shot was not captured on film, but Ryan would be happy to recreate it for you if you ask politely. Ethan contributed several punishing forehand service returns, a few of which certainly left a lasting impression on one of Pacers opponents. The victory gave Lakeridge their first 2 points on the day.
The Pacers’ other doubles team entry had to wait until the afternoon to make their first appearance. Patrick Kanapeaux and Jack Ninteman got the 8th seed in the draw and a first round bye. Their opponents in the second round match were quite familiar. As luck would have it they would face the team from Newberg that they had beaten with relative ease both during the regular season and at the TRL district tournament. Their third encounter on the year proved to be quite a bit more tricky than the first two had been.
Jack and Patrick got up a quick break in the opening set, but Newberg battled back to tie the score at 5. The Pacers were able to win the final two games to take the first set 7-5. The second set was even tighter. The teams traded breaks and ended up having to play a tiebreak to decide the set. Lakeridge got off to a fast start and held on to win the tiebreak 7-3. The win was worth 4 points since it was a second round victory after a first round bye and would move the Pacers duo into the quarterfinals on the second day of the event.
Mandel and Davies were beaten by a very talented team from Sprague in their second round match and so were eliminated from the competition.