Outlaws tennis continues to improve
Last updated 4/11/2023 at 4:21pm
The Outlaws boys tennis squad started their week at home on Monday, April 3 against The Dalles — under cold and windy and sometimes snowy conditions — and came away with a 1-7 loss. Three days later the Outlaws traveled to Madras, where Jude Parzybok came away as the lone winner.
In Monday’s matchup, Dominic Pulver (No. 1 singles) fell 4-6, 2-6 to Henry Perez, who proved to be a very strong opponent. Pulver did find success when the points went into longer rallies.
Coach David Rowell said, “I am impressed with Dominic’s composure for a freshman playing at the No. 1 singles spot.”
No. 2 singles player Jude Parzybok defeated Ivan Garcia 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 for his first win of the season.
“Jude had a great match,” said Rowell. “He looked the most comfortable all season after winning the first set. I’m glad he was able to pull if off in the third set.”
Matthew Riehle and Zenas Ortega played in their first match together at No. 1 doubles, and fought hard throughout the entire match. They fell 0-6, 0-6 to Paul Kelly and Paul Capek, a strong team who finished third last year at state at the 5A level.
In No. 2 doubles, Mason Dahl and Chris Roach lost 0-6, 3-6 to Grey Roetcisoender and Alexander Kjoelseth. Rowell told The Nugget that Dahl and Roach impressed him with their chemistry and optimism. He added that the pair have grown since the start of the season and get better every day.
Brothers Timber and Tobann Bionda (No. 3 doubles) lost 0-6, 0-6 to Ryder Barrier and Carter Randall. Rowell noted that the duo have also made vast improvements since the start of the season and their ground strokes are starting to look good. Although they lost their varsity match, they did post their first win in a JV match.
On Thursday, Parzybok (No. 2 singles) defeated Theo Miller 6-1, 6-2 for the Outlaws’ lone win for the day.
Rowell said, “Jude is looking more confident and comfortable each match he plays. I’m happy to see him get some wins and have more consistent serves.
Pulver, at No. 1 singles, won his first set 6-1, lost the second set 4-6, and then fell 5-10 in the tiebreaker. Rowell told The Nugget that Pulver was clearly a better player, but lost when the rain started and created puddles on the court.
Rowell stated he’s excited to play Madras again at home later in the season, and feels the team can win a couple more matches and actually win the meet.
“Overall, I’m proud of how the Outlaws faced the elements and continued to play hard,” said Rowell.
Sisters was scheduled to play at Summit on Monday, April 10. They will play at home against Crook County on Thursday, April 13.