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WEB EXCLUSIVE - The Bruins claim a pair of three-set comebacks to stay among the Day 1 leaders

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow rookie Olivia O'Halloran hits a forehand return during her three-set win over Oregon City's Scarlet Vance in Monday's opening round of singles play.



MHC GIRLS DISTRICT TENNIS
Day 1 Team scores (top 3)

Team Score
Clackamas
7
Barlow
5
David Douglas
5
Centennial
5


OREGON CITY — The Barlow girls doubles lineup knew they had their work cut out for them, taking on two high seeds during Day 1 of the Mount Hood Conference district tennis tournament.

But the Bruins' duo of Shania Nair and Katelyn Chung, who had filled the team's No. 2 spot most of the season, came up with a first-round surprise by taking down the No. 4 seeded team out of Clackamas 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

The proved to be the Cavaliers' only setback during Day 1, as the team's other seven entrants all advanced to keep Clackamas as the team everyone is chasing at this year's tournament.

Barlow also saw rookie Olivia O'Halloran battle back for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over Oregon City's Scarlet Vance in the singles bracket. The players combined to force 10 game points before the first switchover with Vance eventually taking it when her opponent's lob shot carried long.

O'Halloran broke serve in the third game and held a slim lead in the early stages before Vance stormed back from love-40 in game 8 and would win nine consecutive points to claim the set.

O'Halloran returned to the court and won 12 of the final 14 games, including a shutout in the middle set.

Barlow finds itself in a tie for second place along with David Douglas and Centennial with five points apiece.

Reynolds junior Sabrina Dyton won the day's longest match 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 over David Douglas's Lianna Inthavong. The pair exchanged marathon rallies throughout the three sets, including one point that saw more than 50 hits on the ball.

Dyton hit a rare ace down the middle, then connected for a forehand winner cross court to finish out a love-game for a 5-3 lead in the third set. She went on to double match-point in the next game, finishing off the victory when her opponent hit into the net.

Play resumes with second-round matches at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Oregon City High, while the quarterfinals should get under way in the early afternoon.

View photos at davidball.smugmug.com.

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