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6 Eugene-area tennis players to watch for in the 2024 season

Emerson Kearney, left, and Hayden Kearney celebrate a point during a tennis match Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.
Emerson Kearney, left, and Hayden Kearney celebrate a point during a tennis match Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

The high school tennis season is underway and plenty of Eugene-area players are looking to emerge.

A pair of players who were state runners-up in Class 6A lead the list of girls tennis players to watch, while a singles player who was state runner-up as a freshman in Class 4A lead the list of boys players.

Here are six of the top local players to watch this season.

Sheldon’s Emerson Kearney goes after the ball during a doubles match with sister Hayden Kearney Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.
Sheldon’s Emerson Kearney goes after the ball during a doubles match with sister Hayden Kearney Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

Girls

Emerson Kearney, Sheldon senior

Emerson Kearney partnered with younger sister Hayden Kearney, now a sophomore, to finish as the Class 6A state runners-up at doubles last year. The duo will play together again for Sheldon and are using the loss as motivation for this season.

"For sure working on our fitness because we played three, three set matches (at state)," Emerson said. "Obviously, they (opponents) played really good, but I think our fitness contributed to that and were able to outlast them. Definitely trying to stay consistent with all of our matches. Not getting super frustrated, staying positive."

Hayden Kearney said she is treating this season as "unfinished business" for the both of them.

"As the younger sibling, it's really motivating me to play well and perform well this year because it's my last year with her," Hayden said.

Alyssa Piquette, Sheldon sophomore

Alyssa Piquette will serve as the Irish's No. 1 singles again this season. She went 21-4 last year and qualified for the state tournament as a freshman.

Phoebie Larson, Marist sophomore

Phoebie Larson was the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A consolation runner-up with now sophomore Stella Larson at doubles last year.

Marist’s EJ Roedl goes after the ball during the final singles match at the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis state championship at Oregon State University in Corvallis Saturday, May 20,2023.
Marist’s EJ Roedl goes after the ball during the final singles match at the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis state championship at Oregon State University in Corvallis Saturday, May 20,2023.

Boys

Ej Roedl, Marist sophomore

Ej Roedl finished as the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state runner-up in singles last year and was key to Marist's team title. The sophomore will play No. 1 singles while also playing on the lacrosse team for the Spartans.

Peyton Tyner, Marist senior

Peyton Tyner was the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state champion at doubles last year.

Marist’s Peyton Tyner goes after the ball during the final doubles match at the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis state championship at Oregon State University in Corvallis Saturday, May 20,2023.
Marist’s Peyton Tyner goes after the ball during the final doubles match at the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis state championship at Oregon State University in Corvallis Saturday, May 20,2023.

Andrew Forsyth, Marist senior

Andrew Forsyth was a consolation state runner-up at singles last year.

Edith Noriega is a sports reporter for The Register-Guard. You may reach her at ENoriega@gannett.com and follow her on X at @Noriega_Edith.

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