The Valiants believe their best may score again at the upcoming state tournament
by: Miles Vance HIT IT — Valley Catholic junior Connor Picken teamed with senior Adam Quandt to win one of four doubles berths to the state tournament out of District 1.

BEAVERTON - Playing tennis in Class 4A/3A/2A/1A's District 1 is a bit like going swimming with sharks.

Nonetheless, competing in the District 1 championship over the past several days, the Valley Catholic boys tennis team made sure it got its bites in too.

The District 1 tournament opened Saturday and wound up on Tuesday at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, and when all was said and done, the Valiants had qualified the doubles team of Connor Picken and Adam Quandt to state.

The Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament opens at 5 p.m. today (Thursday), and continues at 8 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

While Valley's singles players suffered from tough draws in the talented District 1 field, Quandt and Picken got it done on the boys side.

Quandt, a senior, and Picken, a junior, played their way into the tournament semifinals, fell to the eventual tournament runners-up, then lost once more and had to settle for fourth place and a berth to the state tournament.

'I thought Connor and Adam played well in the qualifying round, as well as the semifinal,' said Valley Catholic coach Michael Kilbury. 'They certainly have the ability to win those matches against number the one teams from OES or Catlin, but they need to play their best and eliminate casual errors.'

The third seeds, Quandt and Picken opened with a bye, beat Perrin and Keating-Peterson of Riverdale 6-0, 6-0 in round two, and knocked off Friedman and Iyengar of OES 6-1, 6-2 in their quarterfinal.

But OES' Kohli and Stack were too tough in the semi, holding off a determined effort by Quandt and Picken to win 6-4, 7-5. Quandt and Picken fell short again in the third-place match, falling there to OES' Uppili and Haugh.

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