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Forest Grove nearly knocks off Glencoe


Vikings lose four singles matches but storm back with three victories in doubles action

Forest Grove came oh-so-close to pulling out a win against Glencoe.

In a Pacific Conference boys tennis match last Thursday, the Vikings went toe-to-toe with the visiting Crimson Tide before losing 5-3.

“It was a really close match, because two of the singles matches went three sets,” first-year Forest Grove coach Peter McKinnon explained. “If we would have won one of those, then we would have been a tie.

“If we could have picked them both up, then of course, we would have won. So it was really close.”

Close, indeed.

Glencoe had the superior day in singles matches — winning all four — while Forest Grove took the contests at first, second and fourth doubles.

As McKinnon mentioned, his No. 3 and 4 singles players in the match, Noah Wilson-Fey and Andrew Van Dyke, pushed their Crimson Tide opponents to decisive third sets before suffering defeat. Wilson-Fey lost to Daniel Kolesnikov 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, while Van Dyke fell 2-6, 6-2, 1-6 to Nathan Sexton.

Posting victories for Forest Grove were Cameron Wilbur and Austin Pendleton, 6-1, 6-2 winners against Kyle Campbell and Ryan John; Andrew Pitaressi and Nathan Dixon, who recorded a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory against Brendon Summers and Ryan Barger; and Douglas Wilbur and Abe Villasenior, who came back against Trevor Jarvis and Hayden Miller for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

“It was a really good match,” McKinnon said. “We couldn’t really tell until the very end who was going to win.”

McKinnon is still getting a feel for his team, but he finds the potential promising.

“We have a handful of players, I’d say, that are pretty good, and we have a whole bunch that are decent that with some improvement, I think we can start winning some matches by the end of the year,” McKinnon said.

The Vikings — who finished sixth in the conference in 2012 with a 5-9 record, but vaulted to third place in the conference tournament — do return two players who participated in last year’s Class 6A state tournament in Nathan Tanous and Cameron Wilbur. Each boy played on a doubles team with a now-graduated partner.

In the Glencoe match, Tanous played at No. 1 singles, where he lost to Wesley Upton. Other varsity participants in the match against the Tide were Kemmis Johnson at No. 2 singles and Chase Morgan and Grant Larson at No. 3 doubles.

As for the playing order on which McKinnon eventually settles for the season, that remains up in the air. He is still tinkering and testing to find his optimum lineup, placing players in different positions based on performance in matches and at practice.

“I’m going to consolidate more of a pecking order, per se, as we get a little further along, and then I’m going to start having them compete to bump people,” McKinnon explained. “But right now, I’m scrambling people up all over the place ... and moving them all over with different people, but I’m doing it on purpose.”

The Vikings are scheduled to resume Pacific Conference play next Monday with a road match against Century before returning home to host Newberg on Tuesday.