BEAVERTON - The Berger sister dynasty has come full circle.

Rebecca and Richole Berger wrapped up a record fourth consecutive title for the family with an overpowering 6-2, 6-0 victory over seniors Kodi Jo Jaffarian and Steffie Ballman of Churchill Saturday in the OSAA Class 5A Girls Tennis State Championships at Tualatin Hills Recreational Center.

The win also wrapped up Rebecca's high school career, thereby ending the reign of Berger/Berger championships with her historic fourth personal title.

"It's cool to win four, but we didn't get to play the team we wanted to," Rebecca said. "Last year was fun because it was the first time with my younger sister and we beat Jesuit, and that was the team that was supposed to win. But this year was cool because it was the fourth."

No tennis player in OSAA history has won the title all four years of high school, and the accomplishment isn't something coach and father Curt Berger takes lightly.

"This is going to go down in history as probably one of the best doubles teams ever," he said. "Now that I look back on it, it's pretty amazing, especially under pressure like this. People don't understand how hard it is to win one state title, and then when you start stacking them up to have the girls handle the pressure and come through is really a big deal."

Both sisters were hoping for this year's top Jesuit duo which won the Class 6A title.

"It's hard to get pumped up for matches that we know we should win," Rebecca said. "We know the girls we're playing haven't beaten kids like we've beaten. You go out there and know you should win, but when you actually do it feels good. Because things can go wrong."

Sophomore Richole said she still felt a little pressure from playing on the big stage against the class' second best, but knew despite a mediocre opening things would pick up.

"We got off to a slow start," she said about losing the first game of the first set. "But we kept getting better toward the end. It's a good feeling to be out there and know you're going to keep getting to it (the ball) and pulling ahead further and further."

Once the Bergers hit their stride midway through the first set, it was clear there would be no stopping them. Through the second set they lost only a handful of points as they either forced Jaffarian and Ballman to make difficult plays or simply slammed the ball past them.

With the five tournament wins, both girls finished the season undefeated for the first time in their high school careers.

Rebecca said it was a satisfying way to end her high school career, and she may even return to the tennis complex later this summer to prepare for college.

"I'm going to enter a few tournaments, maybe even one back here, to get ready to go to (the University of) Wyoming," she said. "I'm really looking forward to working hard to get good at the college level."

Richole will try to improve her game over the summer and may team up with Hawman next spring to make a third run at the title.

"I don't know what I'm going to do next year," she said. "I'll just keep hitting and training. It will definitely be different without her (Rebecca) to hit with every day."


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