WEB EXCLUSIVE - Barlow is in the running for the team title as the tourney enters the second day

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - David Douglas's Steven Van runs back on a ball in his first round singles win on Monday.

Day 1 Team Scores (top 3)

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Central Catholic

PORTLAND — The first day of the Mount Hood Conference boys tennis tournament concluded on Monday night with Barlow, Clackamas and Central Catholic in a three-way tie for the lead with six points each. Centennial and David Douglas are close behind with five points apiece.

"I wanted our guys to be fearless and attack and I thought they did a great job of that," Barlow head coach Andrew Pate said. "I was really happy with our effort. Everyone competed well and worked on the strategies that we have been talking about."

Barlow's Christian Maxey — the No. 1 overall seed on the singles side — began his quest for a district title by winning his first round match 6-1, 6-2 against Travis Hunynh from Centennial. Hunynh put up more of a fight than Maxey was expecting, but the senior was still able to advance to the second round with relative ease.

"I definitely could have played better. I was a little nervous coming into this thing," Maxey said. "(Hunynh) is a great player and had some really good shots that he made. But I was still able to play my game and get off the court quickly."

Maxey easily advanced to the quarterfinals later in the day by beating Central Catholic's Sunsil Klein 6-0, 6-0.

"Every player has a chink in their armor and Christian is good at finding those and coming up with a solid game plan," Pate said. "In the second round, he had a game plan in mind from the get-go and executed it strongly."

Along with Maxey, Barlow's Trevor Jones and Jonathan Cox advanced to the second round of the singles bracket. Jones won 6-0, 6-0 over Gresham's Dante Hoyle and Cox beat Sam Zhou from Gresham 6-2, 6-0.

The Bruins also advanced three doubles team into the second round. No. 5 overall seed in Nick Pritykin and Gary Curtin won their match 6-0, 6-0 while the freshman duo of Chance Anderson and Gable Edwards won 6-1, 6-2. London Christiansen and Coleman Kane rounded out the day's victories for Barlow with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in their first round match.

David Douglas top seeded doubles team of Kenton Bui and Thien Nguyen — who are looking to repeat at the MHC District champions — made quick work of their first round matchup as they beat the duo of Jared Vedus and Davis Glover from Barlow (6-2, 6-1).

The Scots continued to show off the strength of their doubles teams throughout the first round. Kevin Lin and Ken Ha won their first-round match 6-3, 6-2 while Tim Le and Randy Chao came up with a 6-0, 6-1 win in their opening match.

On the singles side, Steven Van won a highly competitive first round match, beating Tucker Harrison from Reynolds 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Jon Bui, on the other hand, dominated his first match for the Scots, winning 6-0, 6-1.

"Today went a lot like we expected it to," David Douglas head coach Chad Reeves said. "The tournament is such a fun event for our kids so it is fun to see guys really embrace it."

Centennial got key singles wins from Kenny Chu (6-2, 6-1) and Timothy Fu (6-4, 6-3). The Eagles top doubles team of Austin Peng and Triet Ho won their opening match 6-2, 6-2.

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The biggest upset of the day came on the singles side when Clackamas freshman Rogue Stone knocked off the No. 4 overall seed in Central Catholic's Henry Anderson. 6-1, 7-5.

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