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Mott and Miron make it happen

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams duo of Blain Mott and Florin Miron celebrate a game during switchover in their three-set victory in the doubles finale Wednesday. Gresham tennis players Blain Mott and Florin Miron took a long road to the Mount Hood Conference doubles championship Wednesday afternoon — a journey that began three weeks ago when the two decided to join forces.

The path to state almost hit a road block in Tuesday’s quarterfinals, needing three sets to get past a Clackamas duo 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

They returned to the courts Wednesday and were pushed to the distance twice more, coming back for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 semifinal win over the defending champs from Barlow.

The final match of the tournament saw them go up against the top-seed out of Oregon City. The Gophers’ pair rushed to claim the first set by winning 9 of the last 10 points.

Oregon City won the middle set 6-2, putting it out of reach when Coby Captein hit a smash to end a game that saw nine deuce points.

Double faults led to an exchange of service breaks early in the third set before Gresham went on a run to close out the match. Oregon City saw its serve broken for a second time when Mott put together a series of winners from the left side, highlighted by an overhead that bounced over the 20-foot tall fence.

A double-fault secured match point for the Gophers, taking the third set 6-2.

David Douglas tied Clackamas with 12 wins apiece at the tournament, powered by an 8-0 record in Monday’s opening round.

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Look for expanded tournament coverage in our Friday, May 13, print edition.