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LOCAL ROUNDUP

Grizzlies doubles tandem looks for 5A state threepeat

Greenberg, O'Brien seeded No. 1 in bracket after dominant run last year; 5A BB bracket half set
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Ashland High Tennis Doubles partners Vika O'Brien (left) and Hannah Greenberg chat between sets, during their match against Grants Pass at Hunter Park on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
 Posted: 5:20 PM May 22, 2014

For some, winning a state championship would be a dream come true. Which would make two state titles something beyond a dream.

So how in the world would one quantify a threepeat? That's what Ashland's Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien aim to find out.

Greenberg, a senior, and O'Brien, a junior, have teamed up to win the last two Class 5A state doubles championships and will be shooting for their third title in a row this week. The girls tournament begins today at the Portland Tennis Center and concludes Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

Ashland also qualified another doubles team and two singles players for the girls tournament, as well as two singles players for the boys tournament, which will be played at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center all three days.

Greenberg and O'Brien, seeded No. 1, will face Amy Marks and Cambria Rooney of Sherwood in a second-round match scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. today. Barring a major upset, Greenberg and O'Brien will play a quarterfinal match at 11 a.m. Friday and a semifinal match at 2 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Greenberg-O'Brien's most serious challenge prior to the final may come in the semis against the No. 4 seeds — Emily Hollander and Madison Penn of Marist. The two teams squared off last week in the Special District 3 final, with Greenberg and O'Brien prevailing in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

On the bottom half of the bracket, the No. 2-seeded team of Kelsey Collis and Morgan DeMeyer hails from Summit, while the No. 3-seeded team of Morgan and Marin Wood is from Corvallis.

Greenberg and O'Brien dominated the doubles tournament a year ago, winning each of their four matches in straight sets and only once allowing an opponent more than three games in any one set.

Ashland junior Ashley Knecht is the No. 3 seed in the 5A singles tournament, while teammate River Davis, a senior, is unseeded. Knecht will face either Keely Petticord of Wilsonville or Sarah Duran of Franklin in a second-round match today at 3:30 p.m. Davis must pull off a second-round upset in order to advance. She's set to face No. 2 seed Chelsea Clark of West Albany today at 3:30 p.m.

Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Katy Barnard and Cassidy Christopher also advanced to state and will play a first-round match at 11 a.m. today.

Ashland's Grant Kahn, a senior, and Mischa Kirby, a sophomore, both qualified for the 5A boys singles tournament, with Kahn getting a first-round bye.

Kirby will face Matthew Nguyen of Benson in the first round, with the winner earning a date with Anders Joergensen of Sherwood in the second round. Kahn will face Sebastian Dibblee of Cleveland in the second round.

Prep baseball

Ashland High won't find out which team it will host in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament until Friday, but the Grizzlies do know which teams they may face in later rounds should they advance.

Ashland (19-7), which wound up fourth in the final OSAA 5A power rankings, is in the upper half of the 16-team bracket, released Tuesday. Joining the Grizzlies in the top half are No. 1 Bend, No. 5 Sherwood and No. 8 Madison.

Should they both advance, Ashland and Sherwood will square off in the quarterfinals, May 30 in Ashland. The Grizzlies won't have to play Bend until the semifinals, June 3. The bottom half of the bracket includes No. 2 Crescent Valley, No. 3 Springfield, No. 6 Pendleton and No. 7 West Albany.

The tournament begins with first-round games on May 28. The state tournament bracket is available at osaa.org.


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