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Struggles on-serve doom David Douglas senior Ben Talpos in his second round singles match
BEAVERTON - Ben Talpos sat at his bench, staring straight ahead, fixated in the direction of matches taking place on neighboring courts. But his eyes did not travel with the movement of the other games. His mind was awash in thoughts of his own game.
He was at the 6A state tournament, admittedly, where his focus has been for weeks. But he was enduring nothing but frustration, trailing 4-1 and already down a set to Lake Oswego's David Furman in Thursday's second round.
The David Douglas senior rose from his seat, was able to win a game but soon lost the match 6-4, 6-2.
For Talpos, who did not lose a set to a Mount Hood Conference opponent all season, the exit felt abrupt. However, there was little to regret.
'He played really well and deserved to win,' said Talpos, who won the MHC singles title last week. 'That's how it works.'
Talpos received a first round bye, while Furman played earlier in the day, defeating Westview's Avi Vemuri 6-1 6-2. Talpos learned early that his first draw would cause problems.
Look for extended coverage, including the doubles draw, in the May 19 edition of The Outlook.