West Linn's Alyx Burkhartzmeyer and Caroline Grainger reach 6A state tennis quarterfinals
The West Linn girls tennis team was small in number at state, but relatively great in impact.
The Lions were represented at the Class 6A state tournament by the senior doubles team of Caroline Grainger and Alyx Burkhartzmeyer. That duo played their way into the state quarterfinals and earned West Linn four points, good for a 10th-place tie in the team standings.
The Class 6A state tournament was held Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, at the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center in Beaverton.
"We were stoked to make it to the top eight and further than any other West Linn competitor this year," said Burkhartzmeyer.
"Overall, Alyx and I are very proud to have made it to the quarterfinals and we had a great time the entire season playing with each other," Grainger added.
The complete team scoring included: Sunset 28, Westview 12, Roseburg 11, Lake Oswego 10.5, Lincoln 8, Beaverton 7, Sheldon 6, Summit 6, Wilson 6, Barlow 4, Jesuit 4, Lakeridge 4, Sherwood 4, West Linn 4, Clackamas 3, McMinnville 2.5, South Salem 2.5, Bend 2, Forest Grove 2, Roosevelt 2, Tigard 2, Tualatin 2, Central Catholic 0.5, Grant 0.5, Grants Pass 0.5.
Grainger and Burkhartzmeyer, the Three Rivers League runners-up, opened their tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Barlow's Olivia O'Halloran and Ainsley Pate, then followed that up with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) second-round victory over Sherwood's Abby Ramer and Mandie Jensen.
"After winning the first round, we were excited for the second match … against Sherwood, a school that used to be in our league," Grainger said. "We had seen their style of play before. After winning the first set, we started with great momentum, but they fought their way back and gave us a challenge."
Those two wins, however, put the Lion duo squarely in the crosshairs of the third-seeded Sunset doubles team of Yara Chehab and Lucy Erickson in their quarterfinal. Grainger and Burkhartzmeyer played well and competed hard against Chehab and Erickson — the eventual tournament runners-up — but fell short 6-0, 6-1.
"We lost to a great team who ended up getting second at state, but we still went out with a bang," Burkhartzmeyer said. "Smiling, laughing and enjoying the sport we love was how Caroline and ended our high school tennis careers."
"We knew they would be a challenge," Grainger added. "Some games in the match were close, but they were able to end points much better."
Sunset's Bo-bae Yu and Jin Yu ended up beating Chehab and Erickson 6-2, 6-4 in the tournament championship.
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