PORTLAND — For the second straight year, Ashland boys tennis standout Rox Rogers fell one win shy of his ultimate goal as the Grizzlies singles player settled for second place Saturday in the Class 5A state championships.
Rogers, whose only loss last year was in the state finals, went into his second straight championship match undefeated on the season but couldn’t fend off Summit senior Logan Hausler in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 setback at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
“Rox played good all year and played really well today,” said Ashland boys tennis coach Ari Zaslow. “He showed a lot of heart to stay in the match. He fought until the last point, he was really giving his all and almost pulled it off.”
After each singles player controlled the action for their respective wins in the opening sets, the pivotal third set came down to who had a little more in the tank and unfortunately for Rogers, cramping issues led to his ultimate demise.
“It was tough to grind it out, they were having long points,” said Zaslow. “It was grueling, but a really good match to watch.”
With the top-seeded Rogers taking second and Ashland’s doubles team of Nur Shelton and Braden Rogers placing third with a win Saturday, the Grizzlies were able to wrap up second place as a team behind defending champion Summit, which outscored Ashland 26-11 for the top spot.
Marist finished third (8) and Crescent Valley was fourth (5.5).
In the third-place final, the No. 3-seeded tandem of Shelton, a senior, and Rogers, a freshman, cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ronny Junkins and Nathan Liu of Crescent Valley.
In 5A girls tennis action, Ashland freshman Alyssa Retiz lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Ridgeview senior Sierra Cassaro in the singles consolation final.
Corvallis won the 5A girls team title with 30 points, well ahead of runner-up Summit (10.5). Ashland finished 10th with one point.