La Salle's Nico Hey wins singles title at NWOC tennis championships
Top-seeded Nico Hey of La Salle Prep defeated Wilsonville's Jack Roche 6-4, 6-3 to claim the boys' singles title Wednesday at the Northwest Oregon Conference tennis championships at Parkrose High School.
The boys' doubles final was an all-La Salle Prep affair as No. 2-seeded Colin Wong and Leland Wong scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over teammates Tony Le and Kyle Schraner, helping the Falcons clinch the team title.
Hey, a junior, advanced to the OSAA Class 5A state championships for the third year in a row and will open the tournament on Thursday against Corvallis' Nick Matsuba at the Portland Tennis Center.
"I've been training a lot, putting in a lot of hard work, so my hope is to just do my best and see where that takes me," Hey said. "I know a lot of the really talented players last year were seniors and they all graduated, so maybe there's a better shot for me."
Hey found a way to stay patient and be aggressive at the same time against Roche in Wednesday's district final.
"Honestly, I knew I had to play my game, stay aggressive, and keep pushing forward," Hey said. "Jack is fast and knows how to play, so most time I was hitting the ball hard with heavy topspin, making him run when I could."
At 4-4 in the first set, Hey broke Roche's serve to go up 5-4 and then held serve to close out the set.
In the second set, Hey won the first two game, Roche rallied to forge a 3-3 tie, and then Hey went on a role the last three games to wrap up the set and the match.
In the doubles bracket, Le and Schraner went into the district tournament seeded fourth and pulled off an upset when they downed top-seeded Jared Bradford and Cole Martinson of St. Helens 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals.
Colin Wong and Leland Wong are scheduled to face Ridgeview's Tim Schneider and John Wright in Wednesday's opening round of the state tournament, with the winner advancing to a likely quarterfinal match with top-seeded Joshua Marine and Dylan Warren of Summit.
Le and Schraner drew Summit's Cole Capitani and Ethan Koester in the Thursday's first round.
-- From staff reports