Crook County boys tennis falls twice as regular season winds down
The Crook County High School boys tennis team was scheduled to play three home matches last week. However, bad weather led to the team's scheduled match with The Dalles on Friday, May 6, being canceled.
It wasn't the best end to the regular season that the Cowboys could have asked for, as the team was blanked 6-0 by Ridgeview on Monday before losing 8-0 to Redmond on Wednesday.
"Not the brightest end to our regular season, nor does it indicate the massive improvement that our boys have made over the last two months," said Crook County head coach Eric Ryan following Wednesday's match. "The future is bright for this group and I hope students continue to turn out for tennis going forward."
On Monday, May 2, Ridgeview easily won each match. First Walter Gates defeated Telmo Buron 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Then, Layton Marshall lost 6-0, 6-2 to his Ridgeview opponent before Garrett Stefanik fell 6-0, 6-3 to Eithan Holiday. In the final singles match, Ridgeview's Trace Abramson whipped Liam Mcnamee 6-2, 6-0.
Just two doubles matches were contested on Monday, with Ridgeview's Soren Stancliff and Riley Herrin rolling past Evan Wood and Victor Covarrubias 6-2, 6-3, before Dhruv Patel and Charlie Brundage defeated Stephen Strong and Kaden Ritter 6-2, 6-2.
Later in the week, on Wednesday, May 4, Redmond and Crook County played pro sets instead of regular sets, so the first player or team to eight games was the winner.
With some Crook County players competing in both singles and doubles, the Cowboys were able to fill an entire lineup — but the results were still the same as Monday.
In singles, Redmond's Yoshi Saito blanked Buron 8-0, Tanner Jones shut out Marshall 8-0, Nico Afti did not give up a game as he rolled past Stefanik 8-0 and Mads Mollerup easily defeated Ritter 8-2.
The Cowboys won a few more games in doubles action, but were unable to win a single pro set.
First, Alan Altamirano and Brody Gobler defeated Strong and Wood 8-3. Then, Evan Otten and Kyle Littlejohn whipped Covarrubias and Mcnamee 8-2. Garrett Osborne and Easton Croft then blasted Buron and Marshall 8-1, before Brody Spencer and Aram Valencia closed out the match with an 8-0 win over Stefanik and Ritter.
The Cowboys will compete in the Intermountain Conference Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10-11, at Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The top four singles players and top for teams from the tournament will qualify for the state championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. Friday's matches will be held at Portland Tennis Center, while Saturday's matches will continue at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
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