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Wolves, Tigers enjoy some tourney success

Area players get victories at the state tennis event


by: DAN BROOD - STATE SMASH -- Tualatin sophomore Ryan Malinowski hits a forehand shot during his first round victory at the Class 6A state tournament.BEAVERTON — The Tualatin High School boys tennis team started play at the Class 6A state tournament with back-to-back celebrations.

The Timberwolves got a first-round round win in singles competition from sophomore Ryan Malinowski to start things off last Thursday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. Soon after, Tualatin had another reason to celebrate, as the doubles team of senior Tyler Snyder and junior Dahn Nguyen also picked up a victory.

“I saw Ryan killing it,” said Snyder, whose doubles match with Nguyen was played on the court next to Malinowski's. “So I said, 'why can't we?'”

Malinowski, playing at the state tournament for the second straight year, opened play at the event by scoring a 6-4, 6-0 win over Centennial senior Justin Thammabanvong in a first-round singles match.

“That means a lot to me,” Malinowski said of the win. “I was more confident this year. I was a little nervous, but not as much as last year.”

That seemed to show throughout the first-round match.

“I was just pumped,” Malinowski said. “I waited a couple of years for this, and it feels great.”

In the second round of the tourney, Malinowski fell 6-0, 6-0 to No. 2 seed Andrew Newell of Jesuit.

Snyder and Nguyen opened the tourney with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over McKay's Chris Hong and William Schaap in a first-round doubles contest.

“It was a goal to get here,” Snyder said. “And we wanted to compete.”

Snyder and Nguyen won the final four games of the first set to get a 6-3 win. In the second set, the Tualatin duo jumped out to a 5-2 lead, only to watch Hong and Schaap come back to tie the set at 5-5.

“We knew we had to come back and get out of it,” Nguyen said.

They did.by: DAN BROOD - TUALATIN TEAMMWORK -- Tualatin's Dahn Nguyen (left) and Tyler Snyder picked up a victory in their first round doubles match at the Class 6A state tournament.

Snyder and Nguyen came back to win the next two games to wrap up the victory.

“We were very happy,” Snyder said with a smile.

In the second round, Snyder and Nguyen fell 6-2, 6-1 to the No. 3-seeded team of Jack Russin and Jack Guenther of South Eugene.

Juniors Michael Rinker and Mitchell King also played in singles competition at the state tourney for the Wolves. Rinker fell 6-1, 6-1 to Grant's Andrew Finkelman in a first-round match. But he came back to score a 9-8 pro-set win over Blain Mott of Gresham in a consolation bracket quarterfinal match. In the consolation semifinals, Rinker lost 8-1 to Quincy Guenther of South Eugene.

King lost 7-5, 6-4 to John Reid of McNary in a first-round match. He then lost 9-7 to Griffin Fraser of Sprague in the consolation quarterfinals.

The Tigard doubles team of seniors Tanner Ahl and Mitchell Davis got to experience some state-tournament success.

The Tiger duo, after falling 6-3, 6-3 to Stephan Malin and Seth Selis of Grant in the first round, rallied to get an 8-6 win over Cole Eibel and Isaac Brickner of Roseburg in a consolation quarterfinal match. In the consolation semifinals, Ahl and Davis lost 8-5 to Edoardo Colombari and Daniel Post of McMinnville.

On the girls side, Tigard senior Courtney Roshak opened state tourney play with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Emma Duvall of Sheldon. In the second round, Roshak was bested 6-4, 6-2 by No. 5 seed Courtney Hammagren of South Salem.

by: DAN BROOD - TIGERS AT STATE -- Tigard seniors Mitchell Davis (left) and Tanner Ahl picked up a victory in the consolation bracket at the Class 6A state tournament.The Tualatin doubles team of senior Debbie Kim and sophomore Riley Steele got off to a winning start to state tournament play, as they got a 6-1, 7-5 win over Rachael Schmelling and Emily Schmelling of Sprague in a first-round match. In the second round, Kim and Steele lost 6-2, 6-1 to the sixth-seeded team of Libby Dozois and Claire Murphy of Lake Oswego.

Jesuit won both the Class 6A boys and girls state team championships.



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