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Consolation runs secure second place for Sandy

Dante DeSimone wins the consolation singles title at the boys district tennis tournament


by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Sebastian Galvin chases after a shot in the alley during his 6-1, 6-1 semifinal loss to No. 2 seed Jacob Cates of Milwaukie at Saturdays district tournament. PORTLAND — The Sandy boys tennis team put in a steady effort to finish second at the Northwest Oregon Conference district tournament last week at the Portland Tennis Center.

The Pioneers went a combined 6-4 in the singles bracket and an impressive 7-2 in the consolation bracket to pile up 25.5 team points. Wilsonville won the team title with 42.5.

Sebastian Galvin highlighted play for the Pioneers with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 comeback win over No. 3-seed Giovanni Chang of Parkrose in the quarterfinals. Galvin got pushed to a first-set tiebreaker, which he dropped by a 7-4 count, before regaining his focus during the switchover and winning 12 of the remaining 15 games.

“I was losing it mentally at that point, but coach (Chris Meyers) told me that I play my best tennis when I’m calm,” Galvin said. “I used that to turn things around.”

He also found coming to the net unsettled his opponent, so he rushed forward to end points with quick volleys up front. The win qualified Galvin for this week’s 5A state tournament at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

“Getting to state was my goal to start the season, so it’s great to see that happen,” Galvin said.

He dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to No. 2 seed Jacob Cates of Milwaukie in the semifinals. Galvin broke through late in the first set, picking up a game when he rushed a ball at the net and put away a cross-court winner, followed by pounding out an overhead smash on the next point.

Sandy’s Tucker Idler picked up a pair of straight-set wins, while Riley Jones won his opener 6-1, 6-2.

Dante DeSimone won the singles consolation bracket, giving up only two games in three Pro-Sets before finishing off Rex Putnam’s Ethan Johnson 6-1, 6-2 in the final.

On the doubles side, Nash Idler and Jerytt Liaty reached the quarterfinals along with Chase Carmony and Grayson Kansala, while Ryan McAra and Aidan Wenzel picked up a first-round win. McAra and Wenzel nearly joined their teammates in the quarterfinals after breaking serve twice to start their second-round match with a 4-1 lead over Liberty's No. 3 seeded Tu Pham and Shaun Thean.

McAra helped build the early advantage by hitting a winner into the body of one of the opponents. Wenzel followed with a big serve to claim the fifth game. The Falcons duo found their groove late in the set, reeling off 12 straight points to take command.

In the doubles consolation bracket, John Behan and Will Silva won three straight bouts highlighted by a 9-7 extra-time decision in the semifinals. The duo fell in three sets to Keenan Reed and Ryan Ward of St. Helens in the final.

View a photo gallery from the tournament at daveball.exposuremanager.com.