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Doubles teams lift Barlow into top half at team tourney

BOYS TENNIS - The tandem of Nick Goin and Ryan McAfee wins the No. 2 doubles bracket
by: David Ball, Barlow's Chris Warren makes a backhand return during the Bruins' third-place victory in the No. 1 doubles bracket Saturday at the Portland Tennis Center.

PORTLAND - The Barlow boys tennis team relied on a strong doubles showing to finish fourth out of eight teams at the Portland team tennis championships Saturday, April 19.

The Bruins went 8-4 in their doubles matches with the duo of Nick Goin and Ryan McAfee winning the No. 2 doubles bracket with a 6-3, 7-5 championship win over Evan Nyland and Charles Goldner of Lake Oswego.

The teams found themselves deadlocked at 5-5 in the second set before Goin hit a well-placed lob and followed with a put-away at the net to break the Lakers' serve.

Barlow's tandem closed out the straight-set victory in the next game, gaining the early edge by winning an eight-hit volley at the net. McAfee ended the rally with a drop-shot that fell in the front-court, giving neither opponent a chance at a return.

The Bruins closed it out moments later when Goin chased down a lob beyond the baseline, then raced to the center of the court and slammed a winner down the sideline for match-point.

'Even with a bit of a cushion, there was a lot of pressure to get that last point,' Goin said. 'I saw what they were trying to do on the other side, and just called my shot and punched it down the line.'

The Bruins' No. 3 duo of Robbie Nielson and Josh Bates also reached the finals of their bracket before falling 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the finals against Aloha's Tenzin Ganub and Erik Saltveit.

Barlow's No. 1 doubles team of Alex Helm and Chris Warren earned third-place honors by picking up an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory against defending Mount Hood champs Nate Ford and Peter Brown of Central Catholic.

Lake Oswego won the team title with 45 points, edging runner-up Cleveland by one.

Look for extended coverage of the tournament in the Wednesday, April 23, issue of The Outlook.