Wildcats earn doubles sweep, remain undefeated in league play

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Alex Molisani and the Wilsonville boys tennis team defeated Sherwood 8-1 in the penultimate meeting of the Northwest Oregon Conference rivals.With the Wilsonville boys tennis team gathered in a huddle before its April 11 match against Sherwood, senior Garrett Wright chose one word for players to shout in unison: “Domination.”

And that’s exactly what the Wildcats carried out.

Thanks in part to a sweep on the doubles courts, they blasted the Bowmen 8-1 at home in the first of two meetings in their final season as league rivals.

“We have not beaten Sherwood this soundly in my entire tenure,” fourth-year coach Matt Snyder said. “The kids all came out with focus and intensity and I was very impressed with the way each player performed. Sherwood was undefeated up to that point in the season and came in ready to win, but our guys really stepped up.”

Wright and senior partner Husam Zaidan exhibited poise in a three-set match on the top doubles court against Clay Voydat and returning state qualifier Carson Donnelly, prevailing 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

They pulled off a victory in the decisive set by remaining aggressive and consistent, Snyder said.

“They did a great job of controlling points and making great decisions throughout the match,” he said. “They showed great composure.”

Quinn Everts and Austin Miller also rallied for a three-set triumph on the No. 2 doubles court, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Everts persevered after taking a medical timeout in the second set because he was “feeling like passing out,” according to Snyder.

“He didn’t want to leave the match,” Snyder said of the sophomore, who was the starting goalkeeper on the school’s varsity boys soccer team this past fall. “By the third set, the pair was back to dominating the net and flying around the court. I was inspired by their mental fortitude.”

Wilsonville (5-1, 3-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference) won the third and fourth doubles matches while testing new pairings.

Sam Laurin and Kody Wilde played together in a match for the first time this year and cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the No. 3 court, racking up points from the net and the baseline alike.

First-time partners Alex Molisani and Sam Gomez also delivered a 6-0, 6-1 rout of their Sherwood counterparts on the No. 4 court. It was the first doubles match of the season for Gomez.

“He took to it really well,” Snyder said. “He served excellently.” Chase Eisenbrandt and Charlie Stapleton rounded out the Wildcats’ doubles lineup with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5.

Wilsonville picked up three more points in singles play. No. 2 freshman Kyle Andrews notched a 6-0, 6-1 victory, Ben Scott grinded out a 7-6, 7-6 win at No. 3 and Andrew Adams won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4.

The Wildcats’ only loss came on the top singles court, where Mikael Karlsson fell 2-6, 4-6 to Anders Joergensen in a battle of exchange students. Joergensen is favored to earn the No. 1 seed in the NWOC district singles tournament.

“Mikael really picked up his game in the second set and played with a lot of heart,” Snyder said.

Wilsonville is scheduled to wrap up the first half of its conference slate with back-to-back-to-back matches against Liberty (on the road April 14), Sandy (at home April 15) and St. Helens (at home April 16), weather permitting. All three matches have 4 p.m. starts.

“I am very proud of how this group has performed so far this season,” Snyder said, “and we are looking to keep it rolling.”

By Jeff Goodman
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