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The Pioneers take 7 of 8 matches in opener against Parkrose

The Sandy boys’ tennis team touches the extreme on both ends of the experience spectrum. Half the players were on the varsity court a year ago and know the ropes pretty well. The other half of the squad is in its first year of competitive tennis. That special blend has worked surprisingly well early on, and promises to only get better.

“Our returners are really good examples to the other guys,” Sandy coach Chris Myers said. “The first year guys see what the returners do and it rubs off on them.”

Myers hopes his rookies can eventually maintain the same consistency that his returners have delivered. Sandy has leaned heavily on the same six guys for more than a year, and they continue to improve.

That starts on the singles courts with No. 1 Sebastian Galvin and No. 2 Aiden Wenzel. They see their opponents’ heavy hitters in most matches and they still manage to stay competitive. Both Galvin and Wenzel have been playing in their respective positions since early last season.

The same can be said for the Pioneers’ top two doubles squads. They too have held their spots in the lineup and have done it successfully. For Galvin, Wenzel, and Sandy’s first and second doubles teams, they have seen everything other teams can throw at them. They know what to expect and there are no surprises.

Myers wasn’t quite sure what kind of production he would get from the six newcomers to the team, but he has been pleased so far.

“They have really improved since we first got them at the beginning,” Myers said. “They have come along much quicker than we expected, and I am really excited about what they are doing.”

Myers said the biggest goal of the team is to improve all the time so that they can be competitive in every meet they enter. That means getting results from the newer players while the returners take down the opponents at the top of the lineup.

That plan is starting to pay dividends. At Parkrose on Friday, Sandy nearly came away with a team sweep as it won 7-1. As the Pioneers’ veterans and rookies continue to improve together, there could be a lot more of those lopsided victories in store.

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