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South Medford's No. 1 doubles team of Tanner Johnson and Nick Viscounty clinched a hard-fought win on Johnson's overhead smash in the tiebreaker, but South Eugene secured the boys tennis team victory, 5-3, in Southwest Conference action Saturday at South Medford High School.
Johnson and Viscounty rebounded from a second-set letdown to beat Zach Eksrig and Ricky Pacama, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.
The visiting Axemen won three of four singles matches to beat the Panthers (3-4-3, 3-4-1 SWC), with South Medford No. 4 singles player Brad Johnson beating Hagen Brown, 6-4, 6-4.
South Medford next travels north for the first day of the SWC district tournament, Thursday in Roseburg.
SINGLES — Issac Leve, SE, d. Mitch Steadman, 6-0, 6-0; Nevin Taylor, SE, d. JJ Quirarte, 6-3, 6-0; Josh Taylor, SE, d. Blake Bartlett, 6-1, 6-1; Brad Johnson, SM, d. Hagen Brown, 6-4, 6-4.
DOUBLES — South Eugene by default; Tanner Johnson-Nick Viscounty, SM, d. Zach Esrig-Ricky Pacama, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9; Austin Makinnon-Joey Carlson, SE, d. John Phelps-Kai Elam, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7; Brandon Wolf-Noah Terando, SM, d. Miles Mirhej-Mirik Brandt, 6-1, 6-4.
SOUTH EUGENE 8, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — North Medford's No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Pedersen and Tyler West played in the only three-set match of the SWC dual at North Medford High, falling 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 to South Eugene's Zach Esrig and Ricky Paccina.
SINGLES — Isaac Leve, SE, d. Logan West, 6-1, 6-0; Nevin Taylor, SE, d. Spencer Ebert, 6-0, 6-0; Josh Taylor, SE, d. Kellin Pedersen, 6-0, 6-1; Hagen Brown, SE, d. Sebastian Thomsen, 6-4, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Jack Guerte-Jake Russin, SE, d. Kyle Campbell-Ryan Hogan, 6-1, 6-1; Zach Esrig-Ricky Paccina, SE, d. Daniel Pedersen-Tyler West, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8; Austin McKinnon-Joey Carlson, SE, d. Ryan Trapp-Isaiah Williams, 6-3, 6-1; Miles Marjeb-Merik Ponte, SE, d. Kane Garrett-Benton Coulman, 6-1, 6-0.
SOUTH EUGENE 8, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — South Eugene's No. 3 doubles team won the only three-set match of the day over Kali Curtis and Erin Vieira, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in the SWC match at South Medford High School.
The Panthers fell to 3-5-2 overall, 3-5-1 in the SWC heading into this week's district tournament, which will also be held at SMHS.
SINGLES — Emily Beckley, SE, d. Kelsey Bartlett, 6-1, 6-0; Wren Eustis, SE, d. Hayley Steadman, 6-3, 6-4; Lydia Simonton, SE, d. Brittany Reese, 6-1, 6-0; Meredith Spinner, SE, d. Keyari Sleezer, 7-5, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Elaine Fang-McKenna VanDerkley, SE, d. Riley Finnegan-Abi Borg, 6-3, 6-1; Alyssa Marquardt-Hannah Nute, SE, d. Hannah Borg-Caroline Eledge, 6-0, 7-5; Lillian Snortland-Michelle Chan, SE, d. Kali Curtis-Erin Vieira, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; Jackie Bahn-Megan Marquardt, SE, d. Kayla Fain-Andrea Devries, 6-4, 6-3.
SOUTH EUGENE 8, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — South Eugene's singles players dominated the SWC clash, winning three matches plus an injury defeault without dropping a single game at North Medford High School.
SINGLES — Emily Beckley, SE, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-0, 6-0; Wren Eustis, SE, d. Bailey Cowen, 6-0, 1-0 (injury default); Lydia Simonton, SE, d. Anne Miller, 6-0, 6-0; Meredith Spinner, SE, d. Anna Lightheart, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Elaine Fang-McKenna VanDerkley, SE, d. Savannah Chambers-Toreah Foy, 6-0, 6-0; Alyssa Marquardt-Hannah Nute, SE, d. Madelyn Duer-Prare Dechasiri, 6-0, 6-0; Lillian Snortland-Michelle Chan, SE, d. Morgan Messer-Rachel Forrest, 6-3, 6-0; Jacki Bahn-Megan Marquardt, SE, d. Nikki Cummings-Bethany Hagloch, 6-2, 6-2.