The highlight of day 2 of the TRL District Tennis playoffs was the dramatic come-from-behind victory of Ryan Mandel and Ethan Davies over the #4 seed team from Lake Oswego. The victory meant that the Pacers will get to compete at the state high school tournament.
Mandel and Davies lost the first set 6-0, then got down 15-40 while serving at 3-5 in the second set. The Pacers saved 3 match points in that game and were able to force a tiebreak to decide the second set. Lakeridge had to save another 4 match points in the tiebreak, but finally won it. In the third set the Lakers must have been wondering what happened to them and Lakeridge did not surrender any more games. The final score was a very odd 0-6, 7-6, 6-0 victory for some very happy Pacers.
Meanwhile Dante Sterling’s task on the day was to defeat the top-seeded Matt Perkins in order to qualify to play at state. That proved to be a tough ask. Sterling lost, but will be back in his sophomore year to attempt to get to the next level.
Emmett Moore won his two matches on the day, beating the #4 seed to make it to the singles final; unfortunately Emmett will be competing for Lakeridge in the state high school band competition on Saturday and will not be able to play in the final match. Emmett will take second place and compete at the state tournament next week.
Patrick Kanapeaux and Jack Ninteman won their two matches on the day and will play for the doubles title. The second match was a victory over fellow Pacers Mandel and Davies; Mandel and Davies will play in the third place match on Saturday.
Jordan Nelson and Cole Sanchez won their two consolation matches on the day and will return Saturday to play in the consolation final.
All and all it was a good day for the Pacers. Their efforts bumped them ahead of Lake Oswego and landed them in second place behind West Linn with one day left to play.