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Central Catholic wins the last two matches of the night to sneak ahead in the team score

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Christian Maxey rushes the net for a backhand winner during his 7-6, 7-5 win in No. 1 singles Tuesday against Central Catholic.

Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Central Catholic Rams (86 games)
Barlow Bruins (73 games)

The Barlow boys tennis team gained the upper hand late in its dual with Central Catholic only to see the Rams flip the table to claim a tiebreaker win Tuesday night.

Barlow senior Christian Maxey evened the team score midway through the dual when he closed out a hard-fought 7-6, 7-5 win over Central's Lucas Gorreta at No. 1 singles. He battled back from two games down in the second set, turning away a pair of set points along the way.

"I just took a couple deep breaths to calm myself down and focused on what I needed to do," Maxey said.

Maxey moved into the lead 6-5 after rushing the net and hitting a backhand winner down the alley to earn himself three break points.

Serving for the match, he came out on top in a baseline exchange to end it.

"It's a win that means a lot to my and to the team," Maxey said. "I know it makes me feel better when I see teammates getting wins out there."

The Bruins edged in front in the team tally when Jared Vedus and Coleman Kane won a straight-set decision at No. 3 doubles.

On the singles courts, Barlow junior Trevor Jones found himself going to a third set against Cameron Truong in the No. 3 spot. Jones frustrated his opponent with numerous well-timed lobs to pick up key points.

"I saw him coming to the net, and I knew a lob shot would be effective in that spot," Jones said.

His high arcing shots easily avoided Truong's reach and pelted the baseline with incredible accuracy, rarely falling out of play.

"Once I got up multiple games in that third set, I knew I had him where I wanted him," Jones said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Trevor Jones prepares to hit a serve during his three-set win at No. 3 singles.

He won the match 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, earning a chest bump from his coach Andrew Pate, who ran to the far side of the complex to meet his player as he came off the court.

The win put Barlow on top 4-2 with two matches remaining.

Central Catholic's Henry Anderson won in No. 4 singles, meaning the fate of both teams would be decided by the third set of a marathon No. 2 doubles match.

The teams traded the lead early in the set before Central's pair of Adam Welsh and Harry Hannah reeled off five of the last six games. Welsh split the Barlow players with a deep net volley on the Rams' second match point.

The teams split in matches (4-4) and in sets (9-9), but Central claimed the dual based on a plus-13 advantage in games.

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This story is slated for our Friday, March 22, print edition.

— - MHC tennis

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