Grizz edge Century, fall to Glencoe
No matter the situation, the McMinnville boys tennis team stands and fights.
That among other attributes has pleased Grizzlies coach Alex Martin, as the team has worked its way to a 4-4 overall record (3-4 Class 6A Pacific Conference). Its latest triumph was a 4-4 contest against Century Tuesday at the Cowls Street Tennis Courts in McMinnville. The Grizzlies claimed victory in after winning nine sets to the Jaguars’ eight.
“To see where we’ve come now, we’ve had such a huge growth curve,” Martin said. “We’re gaining on (teams) a lot faster than we’re pulling away from us.”
McMinnville swept the doubles matches against Century, allowing the Jaguars just six games across the four matches. Edoardo Colombari and Daniel Post, the Grizzlies’ top players, joined forces at No. 1 doubles to defeat Sajjad Sayyid and Abraham Ortega of Century, 6-0, 6-0.
Peyton Burke and Zane Stellflug of McMinnville defeated Raj Doshi and Khai Chau of Century, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Mac’s K.J. Smith and Elliot Morrison defeated Tyler Isaacson and Lewis Herzog of the Jaguars, 6-3, 6-3; the No. 4 doubles match went in favor of Spencer Stillwell and Kyle Nash of the Grizzlies over Ryan Her and John Nick Beronilla of Century, 6-0, 6-0.
“There’s a lot of parity on our team. Any given day the doubles could step up, the singles could step up,” Martin said. “They’re all really improving and getting close. I don’t even know that I could pick out one specific guy that’s really turned a corner. They’ve all grown so much.”
The lone three-set match of the day came at No. 3 singles, where Century’s Gavin Chan defeated McMinnville’s Drew Altringer, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7. Altringer’s first-set triumph was enough to push the Grizzlies over the top.
Tyler Patterson of McMinnville fell to Tommy Edwards of Century, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. Mick Wattanatam of the Jaguars won the No. 2 singles match over Mac’s Patrick Loumann, 7-5, 6-3, and Jon Moua gave Century its fourth win over Ehren Cahill of the Grizzlies, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 singles.
The Grizzlies host Newberg at the Cowls Street Tennis Courts today at 4 p.m. in a match initially postponed due to weather.
Glencoe 5, McMinnville 3
HILLSBORO – The Grizzlies won two doubles matches and one singles match in a 5-3 loss to the Crimson Tide on Apr. 9 at Glencoe High School.
McMinnville’s Daniel Post defeated Glencoe’s Daniel Kolesnikov, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the No. 1 singles match. Edoardo Colombari and Zane Stellflug paired up for a 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 1 doubles over Andrew Hall and Jacom Gerber of the Crimson Tide.
At No. 2 doubles, McMinnville’s Peyton Burke and Spencer Stillwell defeated Cameron Svenson and James Hardy of Glencoe, 6-4, 6-2.
McMinnville 6, Century 2
HILLSBORO – The Grizzlies’ girls tennis team swept all four doubles matches against the Jaguars en route to a Class 6A Pacific Conference victory Tuesday night.
All four doubles matches were won in straight sets. Senior Molly Olsen and junior Sam Purdy kicked things off at No. 1 doubles with a victory over Century’s Kristine Catimbourg and Melissa Nguyen, 6-4, 6-2. Mac seniors Kerigan Morton and Nayelly Cervera followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Michaeila Merg and Jennifer Haw of the Jaguars, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles.
The Grizzlies also attained a 6-0, 6-0 victory from Ellie Solem and Lauren Ulvang at No. 3 doubles. Juniors Julia Jacobucci and Veronica Marquez won the No. 4 doubles match, 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore Shay Bristow recorded a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Century’s Selina Fong at No. 3 singles for the Grizzlies, and junior Rachel Legard defeated Juliann Delacruz of the Jaguars, 6-0, 6-4.
At No. 1 singles, Ena Essien of Century defeated Caitlan Baker of McMinnville, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1. Kelsey Allen of the Grizzlies lost the No. 2 singles match to Neyen Essien of the Jaguars, 6-0, 6-2.
McMinnville finished the first half of conference play with a 7-0 record (8-0 overall).
The Grizzlies play at Newberg today at 4 p.m. in a match initially postponed due to weather.