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Boys tennis ready to contend

The Sandy boys tennis team brings a core of returners and solid freshmen class to the courts


by: SANDY POST: FILE PHOTO - Sandys Sebastian Gavin makes a lunging return at the net during a dual match last year. There were a handful of Sandy boys’ tennis players that shined in the 2013. Those guys are mostly back this season, along with several other athletes who are ready to make the Pioneers a more complete team.

“I am pretty excited about where we’re at,” Sandy coach Chris Meyers said. “We actually look pretty good.”

Meyers and the Pioneers feel they are better top-to-bottom than they have been in recent years. A big reason for that is a top-notch freshmen class. Sandy has several rookies who come from tennis families that will be able to produce on the courts immediately.

“This is the best freshmen class I have seen in my time here,” Meyers said. “They are all really good tennis players.”

Those fantastic freshmen compliment a core of returners that will lead Sandy at the top.

Sebastian Galvin emerged early last season as the school’s best tennis player and one of the top players in the district. He steamed through the regular season and kept that momentum going at the district meet. He took home the second-place trophy at districts by advancing to the finals. Galvin moved on and made a respectable showing at the state tournament.

He did all of that as a sophomore.

Galvin, now a junior, has improved and he has a legitimate shot at rising to the top of the Northwest Oregon Conference. He lost in the 2013 finals to Liberty’s Michael Jensen, but Jensen graduated, leaving Galvin as one of the favorites to take the championship.

Galvin is still going to have to play extremely well to earn that top spot as there are several other players vying for it. Milwaukie’s Jacob Cates made the all-NWOC first team as a freshman last season and will be in the hunt. Liberty has four players all capable of taking Jensen’s place as district champion.

For Galvin, his biggest competition could come from his own teammates. Brothers Tucker and Nash Idler are sitting in the No. 2 and 3 spots for Sandy, but they have elevated their games and make the Pioneers extremely tough at the top.

“I absolutely believe we can compete with anybody in the conference in first, second and third singles,” Meyers said. “Sebastian is still are No. 1, but he is definitely be challenged by Tucker and Nash.”

The Pioneers are still figuring out how to best organize their doubles teams, but they will be fairly even with each of their pairs.

“We may not match up as well in first and second doubles, because there a couple really good teams in the conference, but I think we will match up well with our lower doubles teams,” Meyers said. “That could be a real advantage for us.”

The Pioneers will be chasing Liberty and Wilsonville who promise to be fighting for the league championship. If any club is going to surprise the Falcons or Wildcats, Sandy could be it.

“We have four kids who want to get to state and have set that as a goal,” Meyers said. “It is realistic to think a few of them could do it. If they do, and if everything falls into place, we have a chance to challenge for the district championship.”

Sandy opened the season with a 9-0 sweep of North Marion last week. The Pioneers also went up against Hood River Valley, but the meet was rained out with the scored tied 2-2. They will be back in action on Tuesday as they host St. Helens.