Crimson Tide sweeps four singles matches to pick up a 5-3 win over the Vikings

It was close, but Glencoe got the job done.

Despite playing a fairly youthful lineup last Thursday at Forest Grove, the Crimson Tide boys tennis team managed to pick up a 5-3 victory. The win upped the Tide’s record to 2-1 early in Pacific Conference HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe's Wesley Upton prepares to hit a backhand during his singles match against Nathan Tanous of Forest Grove last Thursday afternoon.

“We were missing three guys,” Glencoe coach Todd Powell said. “I had six freshmen playing that day.”

The Tide earned their advantage on the strength of their singles play — sweeping all four singles matches — and a win at third doubles put them over the top.

“Singles is getting fairly strong, and the guys are starting to really blossom, so I’m pretty happy with how that’s going for us,” Powell noted.

At first singles, Wesley Upton defeated Nathan Tanous 6-2, 6-2, and Dan Forbes breezed to a 6-0, 6-1, win against Kemmis Johnson in second singles.

And in what turned out to be pivotal matches, Daniel Kolesnikov and Nathan Sexton earned three-set victories at Nos. 3 and 4 singles. Kolesnikov beat Noah Wilson-Fey 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, while Sexton defeated Andrew Van Dyke 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

“He’d never played a singles match in his life, so this was a big step for him,” Powell said about Sexton. “He got thrust into it an hour before the match.”

In that third doubles match, the tandem of Jacom Gerber and Jayden Clausen turned back Forest Grove’s Chase Morgan and Grant Larson, 6-3, 6-2. The rest of the varsity lineup was Kyle Campbell and Ryan John at first doubles, Brendon Summers and Ryan Barger at second doubles, and Trevor Jarvis and Hayden Miller at fourth doubles.

Summers and Barger lost in two sets but fell in the first set on a tiebreak, while Jarvis and Miller, both new to tennis, won the first set of their match before the Vikings’ Douglas Wilbur and Abe Villasenior rallied back to win consecutive sets and the match.

“They really didn’t even know how to keep score hardly, so it was a little bit crazy,” Powell said of his fourth doubles pairing.

Next week, the first week back from spring break, Glencoe hits the court running with three scheduled matches, the first being a home contest against Hillsboro on Monday that was rescheduled from March 19.

The Tide also are slated to host Century next Tuesday and to take on McMinnville on the road (at the Cowls Street courts in McMinnville) on Thursday.

“I’m pretty happy. It’s going to be a young team, but I’m actually thinking we’re going to be OK,” Powell said about how his team is shaping up. “I still think my prediction will be right about the middle of the pack, hopefully upper-middle pack.”

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