Wilson’s Qu earns second PIL singles title
Wilson sophomore Momei Qu found her game just in time to defend her Portland Interscholastic League girls singles tennis title.
Qu avenged an April loss to Cleveland's Cristin Sammis with a decisive 6-4, 6-0 victory Saturday at the Portland Tennis Center.
'I've been playing well all week, so I think I have my game figured out,' said Qu, who reached the state semifinals last year. 'My parents did a lot of talking to me about staying calm in matches, and that helped a lot.'
In boys singles, Grant freshman Tommy Hicks beat Lincoln freshman Joel Kincaid 6-2, 6-1 to earn the district title and remain unbeaten.
Lincoln, which will send two singles players and four doubles teams to the state tournament, easily won the boys district title. The Cardinals have won the district tourney nine straight years.
Cleveland won the girls title for the third straight year when Benson's doubles team of Lindsey Louie and Cari Chan beat Britta Jacques and Megan Dowty of Wilson, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. If the Wilson duo had won, the Trojans would have tied Cleveland for the team title.
The state tournament begins May 16.
Qu had lost in two sets to Sammis about two weeks ago and struggled to put opponents away even though she eventually won other league matches.
'I was playing a lot of three-set matches,' she said. 'I was struggling mentally and physically with my game.'
In the week before the district tournament, she revamped her approach and found consistency in her game. In the tourney, she lost just six games and took advantage of an injured Sammis in the final.
Qu consistently found the corners of the court and had Sammis, who suffered from shin splints and is waiting for new shoe orthotics to arrive, on the run.
'Cristin took control of the match the last time we played,' Qu said. 'I knew that was important, to get control and force her to make mistakes.'
Aggressive play helped Hicks win the boys final. Hicks, who played No. 2 singles for much of the season behind junior Jeff Harvey, consistently put away opportunities to finish points. Kincaid hit softer, more secure volleys that Hicks was able to track down.
'That's the result of all the jump rope I do, all the training,' said Hicks, who frequently hits with Kincaid at the Aaron Gross Academy. 'I felt real good during the match, very confident.'
Kincaid and Hicks ranked second and third, respectively, in the Northwest in 16-and-under singles,
Hicks won the key game of the match, the sixth game of the first set when the players reached deuce seven times. Hicks won eight of the remaining nine games to close out the match.
David Boyer and Sasha Neuwelt of Lincoln beat teammates Andy Crooks and Andy Faulman in the boys doubles final.
BASEBALL: Cleveland inched closer to fourth place in the PIL with a 4-1 victory Friday over Grant, while Madison also increased its playoff chances with a 9-8 victory over Wilson.
Madison has a difficult final week, though, with games against Cleveland on Wednesday and Franklin on Thursday.
Lincoln has the toughest closing week, with games against Franklin on Wednesday and Grant on Thursday.
TRACK: Benson and Grant will duel for the city boys dual meet title Wednesday as part of a three-way meet with Roosevelt at Grant. Grant is coming off a victory in its six-team invitational Friday. The Generals are unbeaten in dual meets, while Benson and Wilson have one loss.
FOOTBALL: Central Catholic and Jesuit have scheduled their now-annual preseason game for Aug. 30 at PGE Park. Their state semifinal game two years ago drew 10,000 to Hillsboro Stadium, and their preseason game last fall drew more than 4,000 to Jesuit's Cronin Field.
BASKETBALL: Grant is set to announce that it has hired Tony Broadous as boys basketball coach, succeeding Bobby Harris. Broadous coached the last four years at Roosevelt. He and Lincoln's Troy Berry were voted co-coaches of the year after last season, when the Roughriders took sixth in the PIL.
AWARDS: Grace Blouin of Roosevelt and David Huynh of Benson have been awarded $5,000 scholarships by Adidas America for excellence in athletics, academics and community service, the company announced.
Blouin competed in cross country and girls basketball and was involved in student government. Huynh competed in cross country and is involved in a community health project that deals with tuberculosis.
Ten other winners were awarded $1,000 scholarships. They are: Ava Asher and Aileah Dorn of Cleveland; Brittany Holman, Catherine Meeker and Nicole Doler of Grant; John Davis and Katie Sinnott of Roosevelt; and Paul Lubliner and Darren Nakata of Wilson.