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Exchange student Anders Joergensen is coming up big for the Bowmen squad


by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Sherwood High School senior Anders Joergensen hits a shot during his 6-2, 6-0 win over Canby's Austin Evans in No. 1 singles play last week.SHERWOOD — Smack.

There goes another wicked first serve.

Zip.

Another blistering forehand blast goes whizzing by.

And, behind those big shots, Anders Joergensen seems to be smiling all the time.

And, why not? After all, for the time being at least, he’s living the American Dream.

Joergensen, a foreign exchange student from Denmark and a Sherwood High School senior, seems to be enjoying each and every minute of his time on the Bowmen boys tennis team.

“The people here are so nice,” Joergensen said following his 6-2, 6-0 win over Canby’s Austin Evans in No. 1 singles play last week. “And high school sports is a completely different experience. I get to see my teammates every day, and my teammates are so nice.”

Joergensen, who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, lives in Bornholm, which is a Danish island located in the Baltic Sea, not far off the coast of Sweden.

He came to Sherwood as part of the American Field Services exchange student program, with his stay scheduled to last 11 months.

“It’s been awesome,” said Joergensen, who turned 17 in January. “I love it.”

Joergensen continues to smile as he talks about some of his experiences in the United States, including a trip to San Diego to watch some Davis Cup tennis action.

But he really seems to have found his niche on the Sherwood High School boys tennis team.

“His attitude is really nice,” Sherwood tennis coach Emily McBride said of Joergensen. “And he helps out with everyone. He’s been great. He wanted the American Dream, and to play on a team.”

The team — that seems to be a big thing to Joergensen.

In Denmark, as well as Sweden, where Joergensen says he mainly played at, tennis is a club sport, not a scholastic spot.

“It’s really different,” he said. “It’s a team sport here.”

“School pride is a big thing,” he added, looking down at his Sherwood warm-up jacket with a smile.

And then there’s the tennis.

by: DAN BROOD - BACK AT IT -- Sherwood's Anders Joergensen hits a backhand shot during his win over Canby's Austin Evans.In Denmark and Sweden, Joergensen said he mainly played on a red clay surface.

“There is good competition there,” Joergensen said. “There are good players both here and there.”

Joergensen sure hasn’t seemed to have any problem adjusting to the hard-court surfaces in the local area.

Possibly part of the reason for that is that, prior to the high school season, Joergensen got a chance to work on his game at the Stafford Hills Club in Tualatin.

“I love it there,” Joergensen said.

Joergensen got off to a bit of a slow start in his No. 1 singles match with Evans.

The Bowmen exchange student lost first game and the third game of the match, putting him down 2-1 to Evans early in the first set.

But then, Joergensen seemed to flip the switch.

Behind that big serve and powerful forehand, Joergensen won five games in a row to claim a 6-2 first-set win.

Joergensen carried that momentum into the second set. He quickly — very quickly — won six games in a row to wrap up his 6-2, 6-0 victory.

“He’s very good,” McBride said.

“I didn’t play that well at the start,” Joergensen said. “But I got going good in the second set.”

As for the rest of his season, Joergensen is looking for some more success.

“I have some goals,” he said. “I want to have fun and good experiences. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’d like to place at state.”

Of course, Joergensen had a smile on his face when he said that.

Joergensen’s win in last week’s matched helped the Bowmen get a 5-4 win over Canby in the non-league match held April 2 at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

In No. 1 doubles play at that match, the Sherwood team of senior Kyle Hern and Clay Voydat posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over their Canby opponents.

“It was good,” Hern said after that match.

“It was alright,” Voydat added. “But we could have played better.”

Hern and Voydat had to overcome and early deficit, as they lost the first two games of the first set.

by: DAN BROOD - WINNERS -- Sherwood's Chad Voydat (left) and Kyle Hern meet with their Canby oppenents after scoring a win in No. 1 doubles play in last week's match.“After that, we picked it up,” Voydat said. “I felt better after that.”

“Yeah, we picked it up,” Hern added.

Also in doubles play in the match with Canby, the Sherwood team of freshmen Connor Albee and Caden Christensen got a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win and the team of sophomore Evan Conant and Hayden Cecil triumphed by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

In singles play, Bowmen sophomore Carson Donnelly got a 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 win.

The Sherwood boys got another win on Monday, as they bested Liberty 7-2 in a Northwest Oregon Conference opener held Monday at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

Donnelly, senior Hunter Odell and Hern are serving as Sherwood team captains this season.

“They were chosen for being good athletes, with a strong work ethic, sense of humor and being team motivators,” McBride said.

Freshmen Arjun Vijay and Tony Thov will also be playing singles for the Bowmen this year. Odell will be teaming with freshman Jensen Dowdle in doubles play. The team of sophomore Richard Schmidt and freshman Jonathan Koster will also compete in doubles play for the Bowmen.




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