The sun was shining.
There was tennis to be played.
And there was an opponent waiting on the other side of the net.
So the West Linn and Clackamas boys tennis teams did what came naturally on Thursday, April 29 — they got after it hard.
In the end, the Lions swept the day's four doubles matches and took three of four singles matches to dispatch the Cavaliers 7-1 under sunny skies at Clackamas High School.
Even at that Jax Ledwith — West Linn's No. 1 singles player — said that he felt the Lions can still improve and play even better.
"Overall the team played well," he said, "but we (still) could have played better."
"Everybody on the team did really good," added Mitch Winters, who teamed with Jake Siegel for a straight-set victory at first doubles.
On their side of the net, the Cavaliers said that playing a quality opponent such as West Linn will only help make them better.
"There is no doubt that West Linn is a formidable team, boasting a rock-solid lineup and a fierce competition vigor," said Clackamas' Cyrus Ngan, who won in straight sets at third singles for the Cavaliers' lone vitory of the day. "We had to hang on to each and every point we could get a hold of, and though it wasn't completely reflected in the score, we tried our best to give them a fight."
In singles, Ledwith set the pace by taking out Clackamas' Rogue Stone in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Also winning in singles for the Lions were: Cameron Paulsen, who beat Clackamas' Luke Roberts 6-1, 6-2 at second singles; and Kenyan Fernando, who dropped Clackamas' Derek Shell 6-0, 6-3.
Regarding his win over Stone, Ledwith said he felt like he was on top of his game.
"I felt like I played great," Ledwith said. "I played with good mental toughness and energy."
On the other side of the ledger, Clackamas' Ngan came through to post his team's only win of the day, stepping up to knock off Garrett Jackson 6-4, 6-1 at third singles.
"I played well today and had a lot of fun out there," Ngan said. "My opponent was the toughest I've faced so far this season, and because he challenged me to swing at the ball more often, he upped my game. I delivered well and we had a great match."
In doubles play, West Linn's Siegel and Winters rolled past Josh Ardelena and Quentin Ho 6-2, 6-0 at first doubles.
"I felt like I played really good ... and we won the match 7-1," Winters said.
At second doubles, Lions Nick Owens and Grant Hawkins raced past Bryan Want and Phi Nguyen 6-1, 6-2.
West Linn's Joey Bildner and Ryan Hasio came through to beat Nikita Archeta and Peter Nguyen 6-0, 6-1 at third doubles. And at fourth doubles, it was Cameron Ortiz and Thomas Crawford of West Linn who blanked Clackamas' Caleb Shin and Andrew Chan 6-0, 6-0.
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