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Crook County rebounds from tough loss to The Dalles to take a big road victory at Pendleton

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Ty Cross plays a shot earlier this year. Cross and his doubles partner Nick Cushman took a 6-3, 6-3 win over their Pendleton counterparts on Friday, helping the Cowboys to a 5-3 dual meet win.The Crook County Cowboys recovered from a tough home loss on Thursday to take a hard-fought 5-3 road win over the Pendleton Buckaroos Friday.

Crook County No. 1 singles player Pablo Casado made a quick statement to get the Cowboys rolling, blanking his opponent 6-0, 6-0.

The Cowboys then dropped the next two singles matches as Garett Bond fell 6-3, 6-1 to his Pendleton opponent in No. 2 singles action before Jeremy McCullough lost 4-6, 6-0, 11-9.

The Cowboys got back on track when Jordon Owens took a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

The Cowboys then suffered a heartbreaking loss at No. 1 doubles as Moses Freauff and Yuya Yamaguchi dropped their first set 6-3 before rebounding to take the second set 6-1. Then in a pro set that normally goes to 10, the Cowboy duo finally fell 15-13 in a back-and-forth set.

Crook County's Nick Cushman and Ty Cross then won their No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-3.

Pendleton forfeited the remaining two doubles matches, giving the Cowboys the victory.

The Cowboys have one final dual before the Intermountain Conference tournament.

The team will travel to The Dalles on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.

The Riverhawks won the previous dual against the Cowboys 7-1.

The conference tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Redmond High School.

The top four singles players and top four doubles teams from the district tournament will qualify for the state championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at the Portland Tennis Center.

Casado is one of the favorites to qualify for state, while several other Cowboys have an outside chance.

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