Newberg duo goes down swinging at state
BEAVERTON — Newberg doubles partners Matt Weiler and Jasper Riogeist didn't know quite what to expect in their match versus Sunset in the opening round of the 6A state tournament, but were happy enough to advance with a 6-1, 6-2 victory despite a fairly sloppy performance.
The same kind of effort, however, simply wouldn't cut it against Three Rivers League champs and No. 8 seed Patrick Kanapeaux and Jack Ninteman in the second round.
The pair had blasted Weiler and Riogeist during the regular season and Newberg's top tandem was determined to play up to their potential in the rematch.
That's exactly what they did, pushing Lakeridge to the brink before losing 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), so the pair were all smiles despite the loss.
"We went into the match hoping to get the win, but we knew that if we didn't, we just wanted compete the whole time," Weiler said.
Lakeridge was the first break serve in both sets, but aside from one instance in the first set, the Tigers broke back in the very next game, including when they trailed 5-4 and were on the brink of elimination in the second.
Head coach Dave Brown was equally pleased to see his top players deliver when it was all on the line.
"It was nice to see them play really well going out," Brown said. "They played really well when they had to. That's all you can ask of any athlete."