Asbridge, Ritter reach quarters

All Alec Asbridge wanted after last weekend’s district tennis tournament was to keep on playing.

“I’m not happy at all,” said the sophomore No. 1 singles player from Hood River Valley, who won four matches in two days at Redmond High School. “I really wanted to go to state this year.”

Asbridge reached the quarterfinals, but had to settle for sixth place in the Intermountain Conference, which is just short of the state cutoff (top four). Teammate Sean Ritter also reached the quarters, but wound up finishing eighth.

But, while the Eagles’ two state hopefuls were mildly disappointed in the result, coach Shayla Moline was pleased.

“We definitely had some tough, disappointing losses, but we had some good victories as well,” she said.

“Alec and Sean both reached the quarters, and they met players with a lot more match experience. This league has some strong tennis players who play year-round, so overall, I thought our guys did well,” she said.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 doubles team of Erin Herman and Matt Byrne struggled at districts, losing both their opening matches.

“It just wasn’t their day, unfortunately,” Moline said. “They should have won their first match, but they may have gotten a little ahead of themselves. But the good news is, they were already talking about ways to improve this summer.”

The No. 2 pair of Cam Emerson and Joseph Broschart fared slightly better, winning their first match 6-3, 6-0. But they lost their second match

1-6, 3-6.

Jimmy Oates and Bruce Chiang picked up a victory in No. 3 doubles. But, instead of winning in the consolation round, Moline thought they should have won their opening match.

“Like the No. 1 doubles team, they had their opportunities but made too many unforced errors,” she said.

Similarly, the No. 4 doubles team of Patrick Murphy and Joe Yang lost their opening match, but won their first consolation match before bowing out of the tournament.

No. 3 singles player Alex Lozano and No. 4 Neil Chiang each had difficult draws and lost both their matches. Lozano played the No. 6 seed and lost 1-6, 0-6, while Chiang played the No. 4 seed and fell by the same score.

Moline congratulated all her players on a strong outing, and specifically commended the seniors, Broschart and Neil Chiang, for their loyalty to the program.

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