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EUGENE — The Ashland girls tennis team captured the seven-team Midwestern League District Championship title and its top doubles squad cruised to victory in the finals at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club on Friday.
Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien — the Grizzlies' top doubles pairing and the defending Class 5A state champions — routed Marist's Lauren Sibole and Madison Penn, 6-0, 6-0, in the championship match to remain undefeated on the year.
In the semifinals, Greenberg and O'Brien topped teammates Katy Barnard and Elana Cooper (Ashland's No. 2 team), 6-2, 6-0.
In singles action, Marist's top player Madisyn Bryant beat Ashland No. 4 Anne Kim, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals. Prior to the match, Bryant had not lost a game in the district tournament.
Churchill No. 3 Marilyn Walker got past Ashland No. 2 Ashley Knecht, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the other semifinal.
In the finals, Bryant downed Walker, 6-1, 6-0.
In the third-place match, Knecht defeated Kim, 6-0, 6-1.
Marist took second as a team.
Greenberg, O'Brien, Barnard, Cooper, Kim and Knecht will next play in the state tournament at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center May 16.