In their home opener on March 21, The Dalles Riverhawks swept four doubles matches in a 6-2 victory over Roosevelt in a varsity boys tennis contest held at The Dalles High School.
“Overall, the boys are having a good start to the season, but it doesn’t mean it’s over yet,” TD head coach Sergio Lopez-Galvan said. “It’s just the beginning and there are many more skills to learn on the way.”
The No. 1 doubles duo of Quinn Wilson and James Pashek got the Hawks off to a solid start with a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Alden Gurule and Omarre Banks, and Miguel Torres and Hayden Pashek cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory versus Griffin Blanton and Ketner Mizee.
At No. 3 doubles, Blake Keinlen and Sven Deruette hammered their way to a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Fuad Omar and Jayden Green.
The No. 4 doubles team of Colin Shubert and JR Scott won their match by default.
On the singles side, Jose Reyes notched a three-set triumph, bouncing back from a 4-6 loss with margins of 6-1 and 6-2 against Cesar Diaz, and TD’s Devam Patel beat Oscar Barosso, 6-1, 6-0, in a No. 3 singles match.
“In our singles, José had a tough opponent who was pushing him to his limits, but he kept fighting,” Lopez-Galvan said. “Devam, who was playing singles for the first time, played a great match showing his doubles skills on the court. He will be returning back to doubles when his partner returns for our next match.”
Andy Lopez lost 7-6, 6-7, 0-6 at No. 1 singles versus James Ortiz, and Salvador Garcia was outlasted in his No. 4 match with Ben Adams, 0-6, 3-6.
“Andy and Salvador had rough matches,” Lopez-Galvan said. “Andy played his best even though there was a bit of a struggle getting started. He adjusted his game against his opponent and made the guy work. This is a great match of the mental game of tennis and good practice when playing tougher opponents. Salvador struggled a bit, but we are going back to practice to improve the skills for all of our players.”
TD hosts Redmond at 4 p.m. Thursday, and then travels to Hood River for a league match at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.