Estacada can't hang with Crook County
ESTACADA — The Estacada boys tennis team is full of brand new athletes and first-year players. While head coach Nathan Allen is encouraged with the progress that his guys have made, they were clearly overmatched against a more experienced Crook County team.
Crook County dominated the Rangers in the first dual meet of the Tri-Valley Conference season, beating Estacada 7-1 on Tuesday, April 3rd. The Cowboys swept all four singles matches and one three out of the four doubles matches.
Allen, however, still found the positives in his team's performance, despite the result.
"I was really happy with how we played," Allen said. "Our guys are showing great improvement and are working hard. We were able to win some games against some tough kids that have been playing for a while…We're getting better and having fun."
Estacada's normal number one singles player, Cody Syring, was out due to sickness, which meant freshman Tai Shibahara would step up in his place. Shibahara provided a decent challenge against Crook County's Alex Nyman, going up 3-2 in the first set. But ultimately, Nyman was way too much to handle for the young freshman as the Cowboys top player defeated Shibahara 6-3, 6-1.
"It definitely wasn't my strongest performance, but give credit to (Shibahara) for throwing me off my pace in the first set," Nyman said. "But once the pace picked up, I was able to get back into my groove."
In the number one doubles match, Crook County's brother combo of Alex and Moses Freauff defeated Estacada's Gabriel Martinez and Grant Wagner and did so without losing a game.
"It was really good to see my guys play well and win most of their matches," Crook County head coach Jonathan Oelkers said. "It's fun to see them start to play better and it especially feels good to win the number one singles and doubles matches."
Look for extended coverage in the April 12 print edition.