Grizzlies rebound from tough loss to rival to beat Vikes
“He always wears that Dolphins hat,” Gabrielsen said.
Tuesday, Walters and Domenichini won at No. 1 doubles for the Grizzlies vs. Forest Grove, winning 6-2, 6-4 vs. Cameron Wilbur and Kemmis Johnson. The Grizzlies were wearing their white shirts and black shorts, but Walters’ headwear of choice was a navy blue Miami Dolphins hat. It’s something, he says, he’s worn for years.
“I’m a huge Dolphins fan,” Walters said. “You can kind of blame my dad for that.
“The hat is who I am,” he said. “I feel like I don’t play as well without it. It’s a part of who I am.”
Gabrielsen said the little tradition of Walters has also worn off on Domenichini. Tuesday, Domenichini was wearing a red, flat brimmed hat.
“It’s good for blocking the sun out over there,” Domenichini said.
Whatever the reasons, it’s working. After Tuesday’s win, Domenichini and Walters are 9-1 and playing some of their best tennis of their senior careers.
“They’re playing the most consistent, fundamental doubles for us,” Gabrielsen said.
Gabrielsen moved the two to No. 1 doubles vs. the Vikings. The two usually play at No. 2 doubles, but Gabrielsen shook the lineup up a bit to reward Domenichini and Walters for their play of late.
The Grizzlies won the match 8-0 to improve to 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the Pacific Conference, behind only Newberg. Gabrielsen said he was pleased with how his team played after a disappointing 5-3 loss Monday at Newberg.
“It’s disappointing to lose because the guys have been working for four years to win the regular season title,” Gabrielsen said, “but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.”
With five matches remaining, Mac can still wrap up the No. 2 spot in the conference and improve seeding for individuals.
“We have half a season left and districts to look forward to playing well,” Gabrielsen said.
Results: Reza Refaei and Bradyn Stowe won singles matches for Mac vs. Newberg on Monday. Tuesday vs. Forest Grove, No. 1 Nathan Johnson beat state-qualifier Nathan Tanous 6-1, 6-2. Refaei, Thomas and Stowe also all won in two sets.
In doubles, Domenichini and Walters won in two sets, Kiff and Worth won at No. 2 doubles 6-4, 6-2, and Isaac Balwit and Wyatt Waterbury won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles. George Zakaib and Bobby Orth won at No. 4 doubles 7-5, 7-6(3).