Mac-Hi boys drop tennis opener to Pendleton

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi's boys dropped their first tennis match of the season to Pendleton Tuesday, 6-1.

"It was a cold, wet, and rainy evening for tennis, but we were able to complete our first match of the season," Pioneers coach Michelle Snyder said.

In singles, Mac-hi's Braden Harwood fell to Buckaroo Sam Reeves, 8-3, Carlos Angel lost to Peter Anderton, 8-6, Tyler McElrath lost to Micah Wood, 8-1, and Freddie Rodriguez was shut out by Joe Ettinger, 8-0.

"The singles players are looking good this year," Snyder said. "This is Braden's first year on varsity and his first year at the No. 1 spot. I was really pleased to see how he stepped up and held his own. Now he knows where his weaknesses are and what he needs to work on.

"Carlos is a freshman and first-year player," she said. "I haven't seen a player this naturally talented in a long time. He just has a mind for the game. He came off the court disappointed with his loss, which is unfortunate because he played an amazing match."

In doubles play, Mac-Hi's Rafael Villagomez and Mauricio Gomez lost to Pendleton's David Smith and Gareth Hang, 8-4, and Ulises Zaragoza and Zak Lyon were shut out by Buckaroos Colton Skeen and Joshua Su, 8-0.

The Pioneers' lone victory came as Mauricio Gomez and Rodriguez teamed to defeat Pendleton's Chad Miltenberger and Evan O'Grady, 8-5.

"I am impressed with my doubles teams, which are all first-year players," Snyder said. "They went out, worked hard, and really held their own.

"I have a very young boys team this year," she said. "My entire boys team, with the exception of Braden Harwood, graduated last year. It was a hard loss as that boys team was the district champions last year. I was nervous about how I was going to basically create a team from the ground up, but I have a great group of guys who came out to play and I am really excited to build another strong boys team."

Mac-Hi next hosts Stanfield at 2 p.m. Friday.

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