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Bruins stay undefeated with hard-fought win over Scots

BOYS TENNIS - Barlow wins 6-2 decision in battle of last year's top two squads
by: David Ball, Barlow's Kevin Sayson goes for a return during his No. 1 singles match Thursday at David Douglas. The Scots' Wyatt Chan won the bout in straight sets, but Barlow won the team tally 6-2.

The Barlow boys tennis team passed its final big test of the regular season with a 6-2 win at David Douglas on Thursday afternoon.

The Bruins ran into some trouble early in the showdown between last year's top two teams when Douglas scored a pair of straight-set wins in No. 1 and 2 singles.

But Barlow bounced back to earn a much-needed split in singles with a lopsided win by Michael Bates in the No. 3 position and, the match-clincher, a 6-1, 6-1 win by Zach Beaman in the No. 4 spot.

Beaman built triple match-point with a pinpoint forehand blast that hit inches inside the left boundary. He ended the match with an entertaining final point, using a lob to put his opponent on his heels, then drawing him up close with a soft shot just over the net.

The Scots' Vu Le raced forward to make the return, but the damage was done, as Beaman calmly lobbed another ball over the top for a winner.

'I wanted to stay consistent with my shots and move him around,' Beaman said. 'I saw that he was too close to the net, and that left an opening for the lob.'

Barlow won all four doubles matches and improved to 5-0 on the season with only a pair of make-up matches against Hood River (1-4) and Sandy (1-5) to be played before next week's district tournament.

Look for extended match coverage in the Saturday, May 3, issue of The Outlook.