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Prep tennis: Kern seeded second at state meet

Prep tennis: Kern seeded second at state meet

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Corvallis High's Tessa Kern is seeded second in the singles at the OSAA 5A tennis state championships, which begin Thursday.

The first two days of competition for boys and girls will take place at the West Hills Racquet and Fitness Club in Portland and Saturday's matches will be at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

Kern, a freshman who won the Mid-Willamette Conference title, will take on Wilsonville's Sidney Lowry in the first round.

Crescent Valley's Caroline Doyle will meet No. 3 seed Ashley Knecht of Ashland and Sarika Kumar of CHS will play No. 4 Haley Moss of Wilsonville.

In girls doubles, CV's Lia Van Steeter and Anjali Chikkalingaiah landed a No. 3 seed after winning the MWC championship.

"It's real exciting," Van Steeter said. "Last year I didn't even know how it worked and I really didn't understand state or anything, but it's really fun this year to go."

Marin Wood and Catrina Liner of CHS got the No. 4 seed. CV sophomores Megan Alder and Sarah Huang are also in the bracket.

Wood and Liner were doubles teammates for the first time this season. Liner said she is looking forward to playing in the state tournament.

"I'm really excited," Liner said. "I think it will be a good opportunity."

CV's Rajul Chikkalingaiah is the No. 4 seed in boys singles and will play Dante DeSimone of Sandy.

Chikkalingaiah defeated teammate Lewis Shotton for the MWC title. Shotton will take on Ridgeview's Brett Blundell at state.

Corvallis' Sam Larson is matched against Gio Chang of Parkrose.

The CHS doubles team of Wilson Xing and Jonah Wafula were rewarded for their MWC title with a third seed at state. CV's Luka Soskic and Nathan Liu will also compete.

Xing and Wafula have had limited time as partners but have made the most of it and are playing their best tennis.

Wafula, who has been in Corvallis since September, played some tennis on clay courts in Uganda but didn't get actual training until coming to the United States.

"I think we're going to do really well (at state)," Xing said. "I'm confident that we're both playing really well together."


Philomath High will have two doubles teams participating in the 4A/3A/2A/1A state tennis championships held at Oregon State on Friday and Saturday.

The boys doubles team of Nate Haslam and Derek Stucki are seeded third and will start play at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. If they win they will play again around 2 p.m.

The girls doubles team of Hannah Schaeffer and Megan Kilgore will play at 10:30 a.m. and will play at 2 p.m. if they win or 3:30 p.m. if they lose.


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