Canby Boys Tennis Nabs First Win of the Year

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After two tougher rounds and a close loss to Cleveland, the Canby Cougars played three completely different games in the following week. The Cougars lost one game close and one game big, before winning their first game of the year against Tualatin.

In their first match of the week against the Tigard Tigers, the Cougars ran into a similar situation as when they played Cleveland the week prior, tying in games won overall, 4-4, but losing 8-10 in total sets won.

Canby took the No. 1 and 3 singles matches and the No. 2 and 4 doubles. Ignacio Alvarez came back from an early deficit to take down Joseph Nguyen, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, while Cal Waite defeated Owen Magnusen 6-2, 6-2. Jake Reirson also lost his singles match for Canby.

In the No. 1 doubles game, Tigard took down Eli Rupp and Ryan Scarborough. Meanwhile, the second doubles team won their match in a close battle. Thomas Wing and Chai Hemsi-Walter defeated the Tigers, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

While one other group won for the Cougars, ultimately two extra lost sets were what held the team back. And, though the Cougs lost their other competition of the week, falling 8-0 to Lake Oswego, they did fight past a Tualatin team for their first win of the year.

Canby utilized a dominant doubles team to earn the victory. The teams of Ryan Scarborough and Jake Reirson, Eli Rupp and Chai Hemsi-Walter, Jerimiah Vockrodt and Thomas Wing, and Tristan Mullins and Matthew Tamimi all were victorious in their doubles sets, a clean sweep for the Cougs.

Of their four doubles wins, Tamimi and Mullins had the closest wins, taking down Isaac Elias-Ortega and Miguel Yac 6-4, 6-2.

Needing only one more win to take the match, Canby got what they needed from their No. 1 singles player. After losing the first round in convincing fashion, Ignacio Alvarez rallied to win the last two, taking the third set in a tiebreaker.

Alvarez defeated Ale Gutierres, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, to give the Cougars a much-needed win, their first of the season.

Following their win, the Cougars will face another decorated foe in the West Linn tennis program, facing the Lions on the road Friday. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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