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BEAVERTON — Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien teamed up on Saturday to claim their third straight Class 5A girls doubles title, leading Ashland to its second straight team title and third overall at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
Greenberg, a senior, and O'Brien, a junior, hammered Kelsey Collins and Morgan DeMeyer of Summit, 6-1, 6-1, to clinch the three-peat. It was the fourth straight dominant performance for Ashland's top-seeded duo, which rolled through its competition this week by a combined score of 48-3 and did not allow an opponent to take more than one game in a set.
"I don't know if I've ever seen two girls that have handled the pressure the way they did," Ashland coach Gail Patton said. "Every time on the court, people were gunning for them. They were always humble about it and really believed in themselves."
The expected Greenberg-O'Brien victory combined with a third-place singles finish by Ashley Knecht and consolation runner-up result for River Davis gave Ashland 14 team points, enough to edge runner-up Marist (12) and third-place Summit (10).
The team win at state came a week after Marist edged Ashland in the Special District 3 tournament.
"We lost by two points at districts, but we took care of (Marist) today," Patton said.
Knecht, a junior, beat fourth-seeded Maddie Samkutty of Wilson, 6-3, 6-1, in the third-place match, and Davis, a senior, won two consolation matches before falling to Alana Chaplin of Corvallis, 6-1, 6-2.
Patton said Davis' two consolation victories on Saturday were crucial to Ashland's team success.
"(Davis) came through big-time," Patton said. "She had to play two eight-game pro sets, and those are so pressure-packed — you're only playing one set. Everybody played well, but she really came through because the point that she earned (Friday) put us ahead."
Davis beat Caroline Doyle of Crescent Valley, 8-3, then edged Allison Schwarm of Sherwood, 8-6.
Ashland is the first repeat champion in 5A girls tennis since Wilsonville won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
4A/3A/2A/1A — At Corvallis, Cascade Christian freshman Nicole Morse captured third place at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over third-seeded Riverdale sophomore Michelle Ly.
Catlin Gabel sophomore Lara Rakocevic beat the unseeded Morse, 6-1, 6-2, earlier in the semifinals at the Oregon State tennis complex. Rakocevic went on to beat Crook County's Elsa Harris, 6-1, 6-2, in the final.