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In a shocker, Molalla overcame the favored Cougars 5-3 to continue winning streak

FILE PHOTO - Molalla High School logoMolalla boys' tennis team continues to be the upset machine. After downing a strong Woodburn team 5-3 on Wednesday April 17, Molalla followed that up with a very impressive 5-3 upset over Cascade on Tuesday, April 23.

While Nos. 2 and 4 singles Lucas Kendrup and Tony Morfin picked up big wins in their matches, the biggest win of the day came from No. 1 doubles pairing of Pietro Elia and Mason Simpson. The duo overcame Cascade's Adam Marquez and Jacob Farr 2-0 (6-3, 6-3) to seal the deal on Molalla's upset victory.

"Pietro and Mason continue to win and should get the No. 2 seed at the upcoming district tournament, and the No. 2 doubles and singles continued their winning streaks as well," Molalla boys tennis coach Laurel Roses said. "The Indians are playing consistent, never-give-up tennis. Our focus this year is 'confident and aggressive' and it's paying off."

The team followed that up with an impressive 6-2 win over North Marion on Thursday, April 25. Kendrup and Morfin got the job done in two sets, and No. 3 singles player Anthony Ehleringer downed his opponent after coming back from a one-set deficit. Molalla's Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles also got the 'Ws against their opponents in two sets.

After getting this series of victories against a wide swath of opponents, Roses is still hedging bets on becoming district champions, but doesn't put it out of the equation.

"I don't think anyone can beat Philomath this year, but we are going to throw everything we've got at them on Monday (April 29)," Roses said. "We have the talent, if we can stay focused, confident, and aggressive."

"I'd like another shot at Sisters now that I have my lineup solid," Roses added, referencing the 4-4 draw Molalla lost when it went to a games count.

The showdown with Philomath ultimately went against Molalla, with the visiting team picking up a 6-2 win.

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