Maxey dominates during state tennis debut
BEAVERTON Barlow rookie Grace Maxey pulled out a straight-set win in her first appearance at the 6A state tennis tournament Thursday morning.
Maxey dispatched West Linn junior Ellen Rowan 6-3, 6-2, taking quick command of the second set by reeling off seven straight points against her opponents serve.
She was sending all her serves to my forehand, so I could predict the shot and was always ready, Maxey said. I was able to get low on my shots, using her power to put it back anywhere I wanted.
Maxey built a 5-1 lead by sending a lob shot up near the rafters to buy a few extra seconds, then rushed down the center line to return a drop shot. Frustrated by the hustle on the other side of the net, Rowan went for an aggressive forehand that carried long.
A few minutes later, Maxey won a 20-plus hit volley to bring up double match-point. Maxey closed out the victory by reaching the sideline and sending a backhand winner cross court.
Maxey dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to No. 4 seed Serim Jin of Sunset in the second round.
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Look for expanded first-round coverage in our May 20, print edition.