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Final singles match sends Sandy past Mustangs

The boys tennis team picks up a pair of late wins to down Milwaukie 6-2


by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sebastian Galvin stretches to reach a deep shot during the No. 1 singles match against Milwaukie. Brothers Nash and Tucker Idler both earned comeback wins to lead the Sandy boys’ tennis team to a 6-2 team victory over Milwaukie on Tuesday.

The Mustangs were short-handed and forfeited four of the eight matches, but the Pioneers needed to win at least one match to avoid a tie. They got two from the brothers Idler.

Younger brother Tucker recorded the first win for Sandy in the No. 4 singles match. Tucker usually plays doubles, but Milwaukie has no doubles team, so he slid into a singles slot for the meet. He struggled early and fell behind Milwaukie’s James Brant 4-1 in the first set. At that point, Tucker flipped a switch and took over the match. He won five straight games to take the set 6-4. Tucker maintained the momentum in the second set and won it 6-1 to take the match.

“We have been working on getting him to figure out what his opponent is doing, then making adjustments,” Sandy coach Chris Myers said. “He did a good job turning it around.”

Older brother Nash had a tougher path to victory in the No. 2 singles contest. He faced Hayden Schuster who was Milwaukie’s top player for much of last season. Schuster came out on fire and burned Nash, 6-1, in the opening set.

Nash refused to give in. In the second set, he settled in and battled right with Schuster. The two fought to a 6-6 score to force a tiebreaker. Nash won it 7-2 even the match at one set each.

“I told him that if he could get to a third set, he would have a good chance to win,” Myers said. “He is in better shape and can play forever.”

Nash’s superior conditioning became apparent from the get-go in the third set. While Nash showed no signs of fatigue, Schuster breathed heavily and clutched his knees after most points.

The physical state of both players spilled over into their mentality. Schuster started making mistakes, and he got frustrated. That led to more mistakes. Nash, on the other hand, stayed even-keeled and level-headed. He had no visible reaction to any point, and he didn’t make many mistakes. With Nash in control, he rolled to a 6-0 win in the decisive third set.

“He is tough mentally, which helps him,” Myers said. “That was an impressive win.”

In the No. 1 singles match, Milwaukie’s Jacob Cates cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Sandy’s Sebastian Galvin. Milwaukie’s Joseph Ellis downed Sandy’s David Evans 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles match.