Boys tennis team hosts weekend tournament

With the district tennis tournament right around the corner, the Sandy boys’ team felt it needed a tune-up.

The Pioneers hosted a four-school tournament on Saturday where they tied with Estacada for first place. Sandy and Estacada each tallied 30 team points, finishing comfortably ahead of Umatilla and Hood River Valley.

Sandy earned the bulk of its points in the two doubles brackets. In the bracket featuring the first and second doubles fairs from each school, brothers Tucker and Nash Idler had to storm from behind just to make it out of the first round. The Idlers opened the tournament by dropping a heartbreaking first set to Umatilla’s second doubles squad, 7-6. They labored to force a tiebreaker, but lost that 7-1.

The Idlers answered the first-set loss by smoking Umatilla in the second, 6-0. They appeared much more focused, while Umatilla’s duo seemed complacent. That set up a third set, which in this tournament, was the first team to record 10 points and a two-point advantage. The third set was a battle that stayed within a couple points right from the get-go. As both teams approached the 10-point mark, neither could gain the two-point spread. Sandy had a couple chances to end it, but missed on slams close to the net. Finally, the Idlers closed it out, 16-14, to advance.

After cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Estacada’s first doubles squad, the Idlers met up with Umatilla’s top doubles team in the bracket championship. The Idlers again fell in the opening set tiebreaker, but bounced back to take set No. 2. In the decisive third set, Umatilla outlasted the Idlers, 6-3.

“They played well the whole day,” Sandy coach Chris Meyers said. “Just couldn’t quite pull it out.”

In the third and fourth doubles bracket, both Sandy pairs skated through and met one another in the title match, with Jerytt Liaty and Tyler Pearcy coming out on top.

On the singles side, Estacada’s Luis Drexler was the clear-cut favorite to run away with the first and second singles bracket. Drexler cruised in his first two matches, but was tested by Sandy’s Sebastian Galvin in the championship match. Drexler prevailed by winning 7-5, 6-3, but Galvin played pace-for-pace with Drexler for much of the contest.

“Some of the best tennis I have seen played in a really long time,” Meyers said. “Sebastian gave Luis everything he could handle.”

Galvin and the other Pioneers hope the tournament setting will be just the preparation they need to perform at the top of their games when the district meet begins on May 7.

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