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Rangers, Huskies split on tennis courts

Estacada and North Marion tie in matches, sets and games on April 30


by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Benton Wilbur makes a volley at the net during a doubles match last week against North Marion.The Estacada Rangers and North Marion Huskies have been deadlocked in the Tri-Valley Conference boys’ tennis standings all season. It came as no shock when the two teams were perfectly even on the courts on April 30.

Estacada and North Marion split the eight individual matches to leave with a 4-4 stalemate. Not only were the two squads even in match wins, but the Rangers and Huskies both won the same number of sets and games.

The Rangers’ big winner was Tomas Cunha in the first singles matchup. With the No. 2 seed at the district tournament at stake, Cunha downed North Marion’s Austin Berkley in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). Both players held serve for the first few games and then Cunha came through with some winners to earn a few breaks of Berkley. Once Cunha gained a lead, he never looked back.

Estacada took three of the four doubles matches, all in two sets. Benton Wilbur and Jacob Johnson cruised in the second doubles showdown with North Marion’s Tristin Rosticil and Ethan Ficek. Wilbur and Johnson made a few mistakes that led to points for the Huskies, but that was more the exception than the rule. The Estacada pair did a nice job keeping the ball in play and striking with slams when they presented themselves. Wilbur and Johnson won 6-3, 6-3.

Estacada’s third doubles team of Tyler Allrutz and Trevor Cox completely overmatched North Marion’s duo of Reynaldo Cabellero and Derek Terwiliger. Allrutz and Cox took the match without dropping a single game, and they rarely needed deuce to run away with the 6-0, 6-0 win.

Jose Sanchez and Clay Alvarado rounded out the day for the Rangers with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win over Adriel Carrillo and Keenan Piercey in the fourth doubles match.

The Rangers opened the district tournament at the Portland Tennis Center on Monday.



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