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Breitenbach takes aim at lofty goals

Tennis: Tiger boys edge Tualatin 5-3 in Pacific Conference tennis opening match
by: DAN BROOD, INTO THE SWING OF THINGS — Tigard’s Anthony Breitenbach gets his racquet on the ball in the Tigers’ match at Tualatin on Tuesday.

TUALATIN - Anthony Breitenbach has some lofty goals.

On Tuesday, it looks like the Tigard High School junior may well be on his way to reaching those goals.

Breitenbach started his Pacific Conference with a victory as he powered his way to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tualatin's Derek Yagi in No. 1 singles play in the boys tennis league-opening match held at Tualatin High School.

'This year, I want to win district and get through more rounds at state,' Breitenbach said after his win on Tuesday.

The Tigers also got their league season off to a winning start as they edged the Timberwolves 5-3 in the back-and-forth contest.

'It's a fun atmosphere when we play Tualatin,' Breitenbach said. 'It's always good to play against people you know.'

Breitenbach will be looking to earn his second straight trip to the state tournament this year.

Last year, he placed third at the league district tournament, but lost both his matches at the state event.

'I've been working hard,' Breitenbach said. 'Today, my forehand was working and my serve was pretty good. My backhand was the only thing I was having problems with.'

In the No. 2 singles match, Tigard sophomore Kevin Xiong pulled out a thrilling 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Tualatin senior Jeff Matarrese.

Xiong trailed 5-4 in the third set before rallying to send the set into a tiebreaker. Xiong went up 4-1 in the tiebreaker before Matarrese battled back to cut the lead to 6-4.

But the Tiger junior got the next point to get the win.

At No. 3 singles, Tualatin's John Stromberg scored a 6-3, 6-1 win over Tyler Minetto. The Wolves also got a victory at No. 4 singles, where Ben Stevenson bested Will Shiau 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles play provided more excitement.

At No. 1 doubles, Tualatin's Andrew Larson and Tony Wong scored a 6-4 first-set win over Tigard's Cole Johnson and Justin Kau. But the Tiger duo came back to win the next two sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

In the No. 2 doubles match, Tigard's Louis Rogers and Jeff Rogers rolled to a 6-0 opening-set win.

But Tualatin's Trent Nathanson and David Kerlin rallied to win the next two sets by identical 6-4 scores.

At No. 3 doubles, Tigard's Jason Hortsch and Davis MacKay posted a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Leo Edmundson and Brock Tillotson.

At No. 4 doubles, Tigard's Andrew deBlanc and Minson Yang rallied from a 6-2 opening set loss to beat Zach Munger and Jacob Nolles 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

'This was a fun match,' Breitenbach said.

The Tigers and Timberwolves will both be back in action today (Thursday).

Tigard will be home to face McMinnville and Tualatin will travel to Canby for 4 p.m. matches.

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The Tualatin at Tigard girls tennis match scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to rain. The teams were slated to make up the match on Wednesday. Results of the match weren't available when the Times went to press.