Wildcats sweep the singles, Lake Oswego takes the doubles before losing on sets.
The Lake Oswego girls tennis team won the doubles.
Westview’s girls won the singles.
And while the Wildcats — hosting LO in non-league action at Westview High School on Friday, April 7 — won the match 4-4 (9-8 on sets), even the Lakers felt like winners after dodging the day’s showers and getting to play under mostly sunny skies.
“I think the team did great today, (especially) considering how difficult our opponents were,” said Lake Oswego junior Ella Eames, who teamed with sophomore Erin Kim to post a straight-set victory at first doubles. “So I was proud with the final result.”
“There were a lot of tough opponents today, but it was clear to see that everyone put in effort and persisted through their matches,” Kim said. “I’m really happy we got to play this team because it created lots of anticipation and competition for us.”
With the loss — LO’s first of the year — the Lakers saw their five-match winning streak snapped and fell to 5-1 in non-league competition. Next up, Lake Oswego will face crosstown rival Lakeridge in the twice-yearly Battle of the Lake at Lakeridge High School at 4 p.m. Monday, April 10.
Westview, the reigning Class 6A state champions, won for the third straight time and improved to 3-1 in non-league play.
In Friday’s match, the Wildcats won all four singles matches — three of those in straight sets — led by senior Neena Feldman (she was the Class 6A state runner-up in singles last spring) and her 6-0, 6-1 win over LO sophomore Malina Johnson at first singles.
Westview kept the heat on in the other singles matches, too, with freshman Malavika Rahul dropping Laker junior Ava Kitchin 6-3, 6-1 at second singles, junior Hasvi Patel battling past LO freshman Molly Eames in three tough sets at third singles 7-5, 6-7, 10-5, and at fourth singles, Wildcat junior Sheza Muddebihal knocking off Laker freshman Ella Chang 6-1, 6-2.
But as good as Westview had been in singles, Lake Oswego was very nearly as good in the day’s doubles matches.
Kim and Ella Eames led the way with their impressive three-set win at first doubles, rallying from a 6-4 first-set loss to win the next two 6-0, 6-0 over Westview junior Rasika Bhardwaj and senior Carmel Sun.
“Ella and I had a rough start to the match so we focused on getting our energy back and eventually managed to pull ourselves together,” Kim said. “Having positive attitudes really gave us confidence in our shots and also resulted in better teamwork in general.”
“I personally feel like me and my partner preformed great and we’re just happy to be out there,” Ella Eames added. “I think the key was definitely to make sure we had a positive attitude and pumped each other up.”
The Lakers kept rolling in the day’s other three doubles matches, too, with sophomores Kate Eames and Rachel Khalili powering past Westview sophomore Allison Choi and junior Marie Mann 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2.
At third doubles, LO sophomore Kira Pihlstrom and freshman Elise Schmidt took three sets to get past Wildcat freshmen Laasya Kanamatha and 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. And at fourth doubles, Laker junior Olive Erdmann teamed with sophomore Emily Kitchin to sweep Westview’s Likhila Vavilapalli and Arshi Aggarwal 6-2, 6-3.