PORTLAND — Ashland's Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien are one win away from a doubles threepeat after two more lopsided victories in the Class 5A state girls tennis tournament Friday at Portland Tennis Center.
Winners of the last two 5A doubles titles, Greenberg and O'Brien did not lose a game in a pair of straight-set victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday, earning a spot in today's state championship match. The top-seeded duo started the day with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Morgan Whaley and Alli Schmidt of Silverton, then trounced the No. 4-seeded team of Emily Hollander and Madison Penn of Marist by the same score.
Greenberg and O'Brien will face the No. 2 seeds, Kelsey Collis and Morgan DeMeyer, of Summit, in today's championship match, set for 10:45 a.m. at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
Ashland junior Ashley Knecht, the No. 3 seed, lost in the singles semifinals and will play fourth-seeded Maddy Samkutty of Wilson in the third-place match today. Knecht beat Lindsey Brodeck of Summit in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-3, then lost to top-seeded Madisyn Bryant of Marist in the semis, 6-0, 6-0.
Also for the Ashland girls, River Davis picked up a pair of consolation victories to advance to the consolation finals.
In the team race, Ashland is in first heading into today's action, one point ahead of both Marist and Summit. The Grizzlies are going for their second team title in a row and third overall.
In the 5A boys tournament, Ashland's Grant Kahn was eliminated by fourth-seeded Carter Quigley of Summit in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-2. In consolation play, Ashland's Mischa Kirby picked up one victory before suffering an 8-6 loss to Sam Larson of Corvallis.
At Raleigh, N.C., way back and up against the cut line, Ashland native Jason Allred vaulted from 105th place into a tie for 27th with a 3-under-par 68 Friday in the second round of the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation.
Allred jumped 78 spots by shaving just two strokes off his opening-round 70. He picked up birdies on hole Nos. 3, 9, 14 and 15. His lone blemish was a bogey on the first hole. Harold Varner III birdied six holes during a bogeyless round where he went into the clubhouse with a 65 and the overall lead.
He holds a one-stroke lead on Max Homa with a two-day total of 132.