Newberg duo nearly pulls off an epic upset at state championships
BEAVERTON – Considering chalk the state championship draws tend to be in tennis, Newberg doubles partners Matt Weiler and Quentin Nigbur got their money's worth, so to speak, at the Class 6A state meet May 17 in Beaverton.
The duo not only rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-10 win in their opening-round match versus McKay, but also gave spectators the best show of the day in nearly upsetting No. 4 seed Charlie Law and Sayantan Ganguly of Jesuit in the second round.
As the last match in progress at the end of the day, most of the remaining attendees gathered to watch for a huge upset and potentially significant blow to the Crusaders' team title hopes after Weiler and Nigbur won the first set 6-3.
"Everybody was in there watching us," Weiler said. "It was an awesome experience. Nobody wanted Jesuit to win because they're good enough that they pretty much win everything already."
A slow start to the second set helped Jesuit pull ahead 4-1 and the Tigers couldn't recover for a 6-2 loss. It was a bit worse in the third, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 5-0 lead, though Newberg won back-to-back games to get the crowd back into it before bowing out 6-2 again.
A senior, Weiler will play for Pacific University next year, while Nigbur will return to lead a Tigers team that will be younger yet deeper.
"Going into state, the chances of going far are slim, so I was going into have fun," he said. "Not everybody gets to do that, so to have the potential to upset the No. 4 seed, I'm very happy with how it turned out."