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Tualatin boys still perfect in league


The Wolves keep rolling with win over rival Tigard

by: DAN BROOD - REACHING -- Tualatin sophomore Ryan Malinowski gets up high to hit the ball in his No. 1 singles match against Tigard junior Nick Evans. Malinowski got a 6-4, 6-2 victory. TIGARD — It’s their last year competing in the Pacific Conference.

The Timberwolves want to make it a year to remember.

And, so far, the Tualatin High School boys tennis team is doing just that.

The Timberwolves remained perfect in conference play by scoring an 8-0 win over rival Tigard in a Pacific Conference match held Tuesday at Tigard High School.

“The guys have just been working hard,” Tualatin coach Jimmy Drakos said. “We’ve really been meshing together in doubles, and our singles are strong from top to bottom.”

With Tuesday’s victory, the Timberwolves moved to 10-0 in conference matches.

“It’s our last year in the league,” Drakos said. “So it would be nice to go undefeated.”

Tualatin sophomore Ryan Malinowski continued his strong play in No. 1 singles action on Tuesday, as he scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Tigard junior Nick Evans.

Evans and Malinowski battled back and forth early in the contest. Malinowski jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the opening set only to watch Evans fight back to win the next two games, cutting the lead to 5-4. But, from there, Malinowski was able to pull away to get the victory.

by: DAN BROOD - DOWN LOW -- Tigard junior Nick Evans goes low to hit this shot in No. 1 singles competition on Tuesday.At No. 2 singles, Timberwolf junior Mitchell King got a 6-0, 6-3 win over Tigard senior Nathanael Ditton.

At No. 3 singles, Tualatin junior Spencer Hayashi posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tigard’s Keenan Cabera and, at No. 4 singles, Tualatin junior Michael Rinker got a 6-1, 6-2 win over Gavin Kim.

In the No. 1 doubles contest, Tualatin senior Tyler Snyder and junior Dahn Nguyen came back from an early deficit to get a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 win against Tigard’s Tanner Ahl and Mitchell Davis.

At No. 2 doubles, Tualatin senior Josh Olson and sophomore Davis Loen posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tigard’s Austin Liu and Harrison Liu.

The Timberwolf team of juniors Jared Welter and Brant Gehrs got a 6-0, 6-2 win against Eric Veenhuzen and Joel Harbolt in the No. 3 doubles match. At No. 4 doubles, the Tualatin combination of sophomores Justin Dowd and Dakota Steppe got a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Andy Tan and Daniel Trine.

by: DAN BROOD - TEAMWORK -- Tualatin's Tyler Snyder (left) and Dahn Nguyen celebrate a point during their No. 1 doubles match.“The guys came ready to work this year,” Drakos said of the Wolves’ success. “A lot of them really worked hard in the offseason. In a way, all of our matches have been close, but we’ve had a dominant season so far. We’re getting points when we need them.”

Tualatin was slated to host Newberg in a conference match on Tuesday. Results of that match weren’t available when The Times went to press. The Wolves will be back in action today (Thursday) when they’ll be home to face McMinnville at 4 p.m. On Monday, Tualatin will play Century at 4 p.m. at the 53rd ave. sports fields in Hillsboro.

The Wolves will finish their regular-season slate Wednesday when they play at Glencoe at 4 p.m.

The Tigard boys will be back in action today when they host Hillsboro at 4 p.m. The Tigers will travel to Newberg Monday for a 4 p.m. match before finishing their regular-season slate Wednesday with a home match against Forest Grove.

In girls play on Tuesday, Tualatin and Tigard played their second nail-biter of the season, with the Wolves getting a 4-4 (10-9 in sets) victory. That marked the second time this season that the Tualatin girls bested Tigard in a sets-won tie-breaker.by: DAN BROOD - FOREHAND -- Tigard's Tanner Ahl hits a shot during No. 1 doubles play in Tuedsay's match with Tualatin.

The Wolves stood strong in doubles play on their way to getting the team victory.

At No. 1 doubles, the Tualatin team of Debbie Kim and Riley Steele got a 6-3, 6-1 win over Carrie Williams and Hannah Portwood.

In No. 2 doubles competition, Tualatin’s Maddie Meade and Alisha Inkens came back from a first-set loss to get a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Kendal Lockwood and Delaney Shea. At No. 3 doubles, Tualatin’s Alex Rose and Haley Howarth posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Chloe Hogan and Rebekah Dumestre.

The Tigers picked up a win at No. 4 doubles, where the team of Maria Anderson and Hayden Huebner got a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) victory against Megan Bennett and Tatiana Dyler.

In singles play, Tigard senior Courtney Roshak got a 6-2, 6-4 win against Sarah Lemieux in the No. 1 singles match.

At No. 2 singles, Tigard’s Fotini Dorrance scored a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 win over Ayumi Mizuno. Tigard’s Caroline Tea got a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win against Audrey DePaepe at No. 3 singles. The Wolves got a victory at No. 4 singles, with Fumika Mizuno scoring a 6-0, 6-2 win over Sophie Yusem.

The Tualatin girls were scheduled to play at Newberg on Wednesday. They’ll be back in action today when they play at McMinnville at 4 p.m. On Monday, Tualatin will host Century at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, the Wolves will be home to face Glencoe at 4 p.m.

The Tigard girls will play at Hillsboro today at 4 p.m. The Tigers will be home to face Newberg on Monday at 4 p.m. and then play at Forest Grove on Wednesday.