By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School sophomore Hannah Childress entered in the Greater Valley Conference tennis championships seeded fourth.
She came home as the third place finisher with a berth in the state tournament that began May 19 in Tualatin.
“My goal this year was just to make it to state,” said Childress, who was one half of the fourth place doubles team last year with her older sister, Sandy. “It was a lot more nerve-wracking without Sandy there to support me, and a lot of pressure, but I made it.”
Childress finished the regular season with a record of 10-3 to earn her seed. She said one of the most memorable matches at the district meet was taking a win over West Salem High School’s Anya Gerasimova in the contest to decide third place.
Early in the season, Childress’s main goal was to improve her confidence on the court, and she’s made strides in that department as well.
“There’s always room for improvement, but I definitely believe I can do this now,” she said.
Her first test of the state tournament will be Clackamas High School’s Remi Lam. If she wins, she must then face down the top seed in the tournament, Jesuit High School’s Bess Waldram.
“If I win my first round, I’m in for a difficult match with Bess, but as long as I do my best that’s all I can ask of myself,” she said.