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Barlow boys sweep the doubles ladder

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Chris Mal scrambles across the front court to make a return during a straight-set win in No. 2 doubles.

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The Barlow High boys tennis team relied on its doubles dominance to score a 7-1 dual win over Reynolds last Thursday.

The Bruins were a perfect 4-for-4 on the tag-team courts, led by Chase West and Nick Pritykin with a 6-1, 6-1 win atop the ladder.

Barlow's Chris Mal and Matt Milward scored a 7-5, 6-3 comeback win in the No. 2 spot. Mal was a force at the net hitting repeated overheads that left no chance for a return — in fact, six balls bounced off the court, sailed over the fence and were lost in dense blackberry bushes.

The Barlow duo won eight of the next nine games.

The Reynolds duo sent a steady diet of lobs over the net on match point before leaving one short that allowed Mal to unleash a final smash to end it.

View photos from the dual at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Pick up our Tuesday, April 12, print edition for expanded coverage.