Although he fielded a tennis team without three varsity players, The Dalles Wahtonka coach Andrew Hughes’ Tribe team put up a good fight against Pendleton.
TDW and Pendleton ended up in a 4-all deadlock, but the Bucks were awarded with a win based on total sets won in 5A varsity tennis play in Pendleton.
“We are still seeing improvement in every match and I like that,” Hughes said. “It was a well-played match and I was happy with how we performed.”
The Eagle Indians claimed two wins apiece in the singles and doubles, with Carlos Barajas setting a positive trend in his first foray as the No. 1 player.
Barajas slipped past Sam Reeves in a closely contested match and had to work overtime in his opening set tiebreaker.
Barajas secured victory in the first game 7-6, taking this match by a 7-3 margin.
He completed the sweep with a 6-4 winner to give TDW a 1-0 lead.
At No. 2, Peter Anderton defeated Cole McDowell by scores of 6-3 and 7-5 to even things up at 1-all.
TDW had it biggest heartbreaker come at No. 3 singles, where foreign exchange student Ben Dlala lost in back-to-back tiebreaker rounds.
Pendleton’s Josh Su won the first set 7-6 after a 7-5 score decided the first tiebreaker and he added an identical finish in the second set to post a win.
Christian Munoz endured a marathon matchup against Pendleton’s Evan O’Grady with three sets finally settling the score.
Munoz grabbed a 6-4 decision in the opening frame, but then O’Grady broke even with a 6-4 marker to send this tussle into a third set.
Both players went back-and-forth in the finale, but Munoz turned the screws on O’Grady in breaking a 5-5 tie with the last two set points to win 7-5.
Chava Vasquez and Jose Santillan posted TDW’s most dominant effort in their No. 1 doubles match where they dropped Micah Wood and Colton Skeen by marks of 6-4 and 6-1.
William Coy and Ethan Semlor capped TDW’s day with a win at No. 2 doubles versus Jeremy Cochrane and Garris Haug where tallies of 6-3 and 6-4 made the biggest difference.
Pendleton won its final two doubles matches, led by the duo of Henry Holdman and Elijah Bieker beating Carlos Valenzuela and Antonio Argueta by marks of 6-2 and 6-3.
The Eagle Indians’ No. 4 squad of Daniel Spurr and Caleb Turner went to work opposite of Ryan Skeen and Joey Bliss in the final match of the day.
Skeen and Bliss wonthis match, 6-0 and 6-2.
After today, St. Helens comes to town for a 3:30 p.m. match Wednesday.