The young Pioneers squad exceeded expectaions at the district meet on Wednesday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Til Wallbruch gets in position to hit a forehand back over the net at the NWOC District tennis meet on Wednesday.

PORTLAND — The Sandy boys tennis team finished out their season at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Tournament, which concluded on Wednesday at Parkrose High School.

Although they didn't send any players to state, head coach Chris Meyers was pleasantly surprised with his team's overall showing.

"Our kids battled as much as they could and that is really all you can ask for," Meyers said. "We are still a really young team and they improved a ton this year."

While the Pioneers didn't win a singles match during the tournament, they did experience some success on the doubles side.

The duo of Noah Perry and Abe Smith won their first round match 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the second round. They were challenged a little bit more in their next match, but still went onto win 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

"We knew that the teams they got matched up against were teams that they could beat and they did what they were supposed to do," Meyers said about his top tandem. "They have been our most consistent doubles team all year…It didn't surprise me that they made it that far. They have worked really hard this year and they deserved to be there."

Perry and Smith were one victory away from advancing to the state meet, but they lost their quarterfinal match 6-0, 6-2 to La Salle's Leland Wong and Colin Wong.

Sandy's other duo of Nolan Johns and Til Wallbruch won their opening match 7-6, (7-5), 7-5 to advance to the second round where they faced Wilsonville's third-seeded duo of Zach Brehm and Nathan Ogden.

Look for extended coverage in the May 16 print edition.

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