Wins elude boys tennis, improvement shows

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Pedro Reyes gets in front of a return volley in competition with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Pedro Reyes gets in front of a return volley in competition with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys varsity tennis team didn’t come away with overall wins in either of its contests last week, but picking up a doubles win against North Salem High School was a hallmark of improvement.

“It’s one better than we did the first time out,” said John Reid, a McNary senior.

Reid waged an all-out battle in singles with Sprague’s Griffin Fraser Tuesday, April 23.

Reid won the first set 7-6, but Fraser got the best of him in the second set, 4-6.

“It was a long match with real consistent groundstrokes from both of us. With Griffin it almost always seems to come down to whether you can outlast him,” Reid said.

Fortunately for Reid, he did. The Celt took the last set 6-2 and was the only McNary player to emerge with a win over the Olys.

Reid drew Viking Ignacio Ocampo in the No. 1 doubles spot of the North Salem match Thursday, April 24, and walked away with another hard-fought win. Set scores were 6-2 and 7-5.

The Celtics’ doubles win came off the rackets of Carlos Flores and Pedro Reyes in sets of 6-4 and 6-2.

While match wins eluded the team for the most part, Zach Staley, in singles competition, and the doubles pairing of Lucas Santana and Brandon Gasperini took their North opponents to three sets. In singles, Eli Purser fell in consecutive 7-5 sets.

“The thing everyone has to remember is that you only get better when you play opponents better than you. Even when we take a loss, you can see how our team has improved,” Reid said.

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