CORVALLIS — Klamath Union’s Courtlyn Lam rolled past unseeded Chloe Lee of Marist, 6-3, 6-1, Saturday to win her second straight Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state girls tennis singles championship.
The top-seeded player in the girls singles tournament, Lam dropped just nine games on the way to becoming the first Klamath Falls tennis player to win more than one state title, and her win gives KU a total of four singles titles.
Lam joins Val Jarecki (1983) and Jessyca Arthur (1997) as a KU singles champion.
This year, Lam opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Gabbie Trebilcock of Baker/Powder Valley, and then dispensed of Valley Catholic’s Emily Mendyke, 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals, Lam beat fourth-seeded Anna Semlerof Catlin Gabel, 6-3, 6-1.
That set up the finals match against Lee, who earlier in the tournament had knocked off the second and third seeds in the girls singles tournament.
In the same competition, Henley’s Lena Dreyer fell in the first-round to third-seeded Susanna Anandof Corbett.
In the consolation bracket, Dreyer then beat Nyssa’s Chloe Richards and Cascade’s Ariel Tobisson to reach the consolation finals.
There, Dreyer dropped a 7-4, 6-5 decision to district Theresa Braun of Junction City.
In the girls doubles tournament, KU’s Elyse Englestadter and Mya Phelps opened with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over McLoughlin’s Janelle Martinez and Evelyn Gracia.
In the quarterfinals, the KU tandem was eliminated from further play when the two dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to fourth-seeded Nithya Valkuntam and Kira Weigel of Marist.
Players have to gain the semifinals are come back in the consolation competition to place in the tournament.
Englestadter and Phelps were trying to join KU’s Marisa Doveri and Taylor Inthisan (2014) and Henley’s Vanessa Matheson and Paige Hahn (2015) as state doubles champions.
Boys State Tennis
Baker goes 1-1
CORVALLIS — Henley senior Brian Baker opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lucas Kendrup of Molalla in the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A boys state singles tournament, but was eliminated with a loss in the quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Grant North of Catlin Gabel stopped Baker, 6-1, 6-1.