Ella Riddle cruises to district singles title

Ella Riddle, junior, snatched the girls tennis district singles title last week in a dominating manner, by dropping only four games in the entire tournament. Entering as the number one overall seed, Riddle breezed through the first day’s competition to qualify for the state tournament, losing only one game in the process.

Against Olivia Dozois of Lake Oswego in the semifinals, Riddle emerged 6-1, 6-1. To conclude her strong campaign, Riddle dispatched Kali Mcollister of Grant High School 6-1, 6-0 in the district final.

Heading into the state tournament, Riddle appears to be one of the top contenders for this year’s state title. Erin Larner, a junior from Jesuit who already owns two state titles, will undoubtedly enter as the top seed, but Riddle should not trail far behind in the seedings.

Macie Coronel and Nicole Campbell, seniors, reached the quarterfinals before falling to rivals Claire Walker and Hana Watari of Clackamas 6-4, 6-3. Campbell and Coronel entered as the fifth seed but were unable to qualify for state.

Also reaching the quarterfinals was Rebecca Cruze, sophomore. Cruze defeated Marie Kanapeaux of Lakeridge 6-0, 6-4 in the round of 16, before falling to Katie Day of Lake Oswego, the second seed, 6-0, 6-0.

The state tournament will be held at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center May 16-18 beginning with early round singles at 9 a.m.