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Gresham duo falls in second round

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Florin Miron, left, and Blain Mott take a moment to discus strategy during a first-set switchover Thursday night. BEAVERTON — Gresham’s duo of Blain Mott and Florin Miron were used to three-set battles, taking three matches the distance during their district title run. During last week’s state tournament they wished that trend could have continued.

The paired up singles players drew the No. 8 seed for the 6A state bracket, but couldn’t avoid a second-round upset Thursday night 6-3, 7-5 at the hands of Lincoln’s Allen Song and Fritz Hergenhan.

The Gresham pair seemed to find their groove from the servince line in the second set, getting out to a 3-1 lead with a serve-and-smash combination.

The Gophers maintained the upper hand late in the set when Mott hit a pair of winners — one into the corner and another splitting his opponents to break serve. Gresham went up 5-3 on Florin’s sharp-angled shot through the left side and it appeared a third set was on the horizon.

Instead, the Lincoln pair reeled off four straight games to take the match.

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Look for expanded coverage in our May 24, print edition.