Scots try to stay on top
David Douglas returns the reigning district singles champion in Ben Talpos
David Douglas ended Barlow's near decade-long run at the top of the Mount Hood Conference last year, not that the Bruins gave their crown up easily in 2011. In fact, the most memorable match of the season came when the teams battled to a near standstill that wasn't decided until the Scots won the final bout under near darkness. The team match lasted more than five hours.
Those marathon battles will be a thing of the past, as the league coaches voted to join the rest of the metro-area leagues by passing a 'no-ad' rule. During the regular season, when players reach deuce point the game will be decided by a single sudden-death point. The district tournament will use the 'ad' scoring format.
• The Scots graduated several top players from last year's roster, but return plenty of big guns to make a run at defending their conference title. The team's bazooka is senior Ben Talpos, the reigning district singles champion, who never faced a third set during an unbeaten run through last year's league schedule.
'He's spent a lot of time on developing a more powerful serve, and that puts him in control earlier in the point,' Scots coach Brad Joy said. 'When he gets that first serve in, he wins most of those points.'
Douglas is solid down the line with Daren Cranor along with exchange-student Fig Makornkenkeyoon from Thailand in the #2 and #3 spots.
Look for an extended look at the Scots, and the other four East County schools in the March 24, edition of The Outlook.