staff report / The Bulletin

Summit High finished 3-1 en route to a third-place finish at the Bend Invitational on Saturday, falling to Jesuit 6-2 in the semifinal round before besting the host Lava Bears 6-2 in the third-place match of the two-day girls tennis tournament.

Bend, which was looking to advance to the finals of their own invitational for the first time in recent memory, dropped a heartbreaker to Tualatin 5-3 in the other semifinal before its loss to the Storm.

“It was a great opportunity for us to see some different competition outside of district,” Summit coach Ryan Cruz said. “It just prepares us for districts and state.”

The Lava Bears placed fourth with a 2-2 finish.

“It was a good effort by us,” said Bend High coach and tournament director Kevin Collier. “The main goal was to get the kids as much tennis in as possible.”

Lindsey Brodeck led the Storm in their third-place match against the Bears, topping Bend’s Sierra Winch 6-3, 6-7, 13-11.

“Once again, it was great tennis,” said Collier, referring to Bend and Summit’s Intermountain Conference dual earlier this month that the Storm won on sets.

The Bears’ No. 1 doubles team of Riley Palcic and Allison Daley led Bend on Saturday, finishing the day with a 2-0 record.

Jesuit, which has won at least a share of the state title in six of the past eight years, defeated Tualatin 6-2 in the tournament’s championship match.

Redmond High, Crook County and Mountain View also competed in the Bend Invitational. The Panthers, who went 1-1 on Friday, finished the tournament 1-3, but could have easily gone 2-2 or even 3-1. Wilsonville defeated Redmond 10-9 on sets Saturday morning after the two teams tied 4-4 in the consolation bracket. The Panthers then fell to Hermiston 65-62 on games after the two teams both won the same amount of matches and sets.

Nathan Saito, Redmond’s coach, pointed out the play of his top two doubles team in their Wilsonville matches. Charli Chalker and Miranda Schmidt rallied and won their No. 2 doubles match against the Wildcats 5-7, 7-5, 10-7, and Heidi Gasperetti and Nicole Hoffman edged out their Wilsonville counterparts 7-5, 1-6, 11-9 in No. 2 doubles action.