WEB EXCLUSIVE - Central Catholic looks to be in the driver's seat heading into Wednesday's finals

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Barlow's Christian Maxey from rockets a backhand across the net in his three-set semifinal victory over Jon Bui from David Douglas.

MHC district tournament through Day 2

Team (top 3) Score
1. Central Catholic
2. Clackamas
t3. Barlow
t3. David Douglas

PORTLAND — Day two of the Mount Hood Conference boys tennis tournament concluded on Tuesday afternoon with Central Catholic leading the pack with 12 overall points. Clackamas is in second place with 11 points while David Douglas and Barlow are tied for third with 10 points apiece.

The top-seeded doubles team of Kenton Bui and Thien Nguyen from David Douglas breezed their way into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the second round and a 6-1, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals. They will face the fourth-seeded duo of Max Diess and Henry Kayser from Central Catholic in the semis.

The other doubles semifinal will feature Oregon City's David Engelman and Jaron Sorenson facing off against Central Catholic's combo of Grayson Robbins and Cameron Truong.

On the singles side, Barlow's Christian Maxey and David Douglas's Jon Bui duked it out in their semifinal match where Maxey prevailed with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 win and a berth in the district championship match.

"It's my first time making it this far so I'm on on top of the world right now," Maxey said. It's just a great feeling."

Maxey played his second round match last night, so he only had to play one match on Tuesday — which was a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal win — before his bout with Bui.

Bui, on the other hand, had to win his second round match and quarterfinal match Tuesday morning before playing in the semis against Maxey.

Despite being the less-rested player, Bui enforced his will on Maxey in the second set, winning five straight games against the number one overall seed. But late in the second set, fatigue started to set in as Bui started to cramp up.

"I felt like I had (Maxey) in the second set," Jon Bui said. "I was moving him around and putting in drop-shots on him. But when I cramped up, I just felt like I couldn't hit anymore."

Maxey was able to take advantage by winning six consecutive games in the third set for the match victory.

"After the second set, I just wanted to push the restart button," Maxey said. "The third set, I came out blasting and was believing in every shot that I had."

Maxey will face off against second-seeded Michael Perez from Oregon City for the district championship. Perez won his semifinal match on a forfeit that was due to injury.

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