BEAVERTON, Ore. – After a first day that lacked drama, the quarterfinals of the 6A boys singles state tennis tournament had all the drama a high school tennis fan could hope for.
All six seeded players reached the state quarterfinals without much of a challenge on Thursday. It was a different story on Friday.
The lone outlier was No. 4 ranked Tommy Edwards of Century, who defeated Westview’s Luke Lemaitre 6-4, 6-4. The win was a breakthrough for Edwards, who lost in the quarterfinals the two previous years.
Grant’s Dylan King, the No. 1 seed, looked to be in cruise control after winning the first set 6-3 over No. 5 Matthew Perkins of West Linn. However, Perkins came back to take the second set 6-3 and held a 3-2 lead in the third set. The Grant junior was able to dig deep and win the final four games of the set to take the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
While maybe not completely surprising, No. 6 seed Andrew Finkelman of Grant upset No. 2 seed Avi Vemuri of Westview 6-4, 7-5. Vemuri had reached the state semifinals the two previous seasons.
The biggest shocker of the quarterfinals was unseeded Joey Schwartz of Central Catholic knocking out No. 3 seed Andrew Newell of Jesuit 6-1, 6-4. Newell finished second last year as a sophomore.
A semifinal that seemed destined for a rematch between No. 2 Vemuri vs. No. 3 Newell will have unseeded Schwartz, a sophomore, against No. 6 seed Finkelman, also a sophomore. Edwards will square off against King in the other semifinal.
Three of the top ffive seeds on the girls side reached the semifinals.
Unseeded Melisha Dogra of Lake Oswego defeated No. 3 Kali McCollister of Grant 6-4, 6-2 for the lone upset. Dogra will face No. 1 seed Bess Waldram of Jesuit, won 6-1, 6-0 over Willamette’s Ivana Bilski., in the state semifinals.
No. 2 Elizabeth Johnson of Central Catholic beat Lorissa Yuen of Sunset 6-1, 6-4. She’ll face No. 5 Katie Day who beat No. 4 Wren Eustis of South Eugene 6-4, 6-2.
The semifinals for boys and girls are tentatively scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
Check out the 6A boys singles bracket here.