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Swept in singles, Molalla come back to sweep doubles and win the match via the tie-breaker

The Molalla boys tennis team picked up a tight-fought win March 20, defeating visiting Blanchet on total sets won, 9-8.

Blanchet swept the singles action while Molalla owned the doubles portion. In the event of tie like this, sets won is the tie-breaker.

Senior Logan Child switched to singles this year "and is working hard to earn a spot at the state tournament," said coach Laurel Roses.

Child dropped a two-setter to Marcos Maza, 4-6, 3-6.

Logan Child is making the conversion from a double player to No. 1 singles for Molalla.

In other singles action, Eric Jones fell at second single in a three-set nail-biter by a score of 2-6, 6-4, 2-6. At third singles, Peter Mueller dropped a 3-6, 3-6 verdict, while Chris Cole lost in fourth singles by a 4-6, 2-6 count.

"Seven of our players are seniors and several are in their fourth year playing," said Roses. "Peter Mueller is solid and a consistent at fourth singles. Eric Jones continues to improve and will most likely be our top player next year."

In doubles action, the Indians got rolling, rattling our four two-set victories.

Nathan Pederson and Ricky Oteros opened the action with a 6-3, 6-3 win at first singles. They were followed by wins from Mason Simpson and Noss Kutsev (6-0, 6-0), Hayden Lowrie and Nick Viol (6-2, 6-2) and Teo Sjostrand and Jordan Cole (6-0, 6-0).

"Senior Nathan Pederson is paired up with exchange student Ricky Oteros, making a solid, fast and consistent No. 1 doubles team," said Roses. "We are still working on different combinations at second doubles, but Mason Simpson (a sophomore) is definitely the stability of that spot. I just need to find that most compatible partner for him."

The third doubles team of Lowrie and Viol have been playing together since their freshman year and are improving daily, said Roses.

"Our fourth doubles and fourth singles are still not definitely decided and we have some boys struggling with grades," said Roses. "Exchange student Teo Sjostrand is the consistent member of the fourth doubles team and we are still working out who his partner will be."

Molalla will get back into action after Spring Break with away matches at Philomath on April 3 and a visit to Cascade on April 5.

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