SPORTS: Four advance for Port Angeles at the boys tennis subdistrict championships

TACOMA — Four Port Angeles players advanced at the Class 2A subdistrict boys tennis tournament Friday at Clover Park High School.

The Olympic League, South Puget Sound League 2A and Interlake High School are all competing for nine berths in the West Central District tournament scheduled this upcoming May.

The first round was single elimination and those advancing were entered into a double-elimination bracket.

The Roughriders fared well on day one with four players advancing to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

Singles players Micah Roos and Jordan Negus and the doubles team of A.J. Konopaski and Hayden McCartney move on for Port Angeles.

In singles action, the Riders had the No. 2 seed out of the Olympic League in Roos, as well as Derek Crain and Negus.

Roos didn’t give up a game in either of his first two matches to advance.

Crain played well in the first round against the No. 3 seed out of the SPSL, but came up just short.

The surprise of the day was how well Negus played. Negus, who spent most of the season playing No. 4 doubles, won two out of his three matches on Friday and is still alive in the tournament.

In doubles action, Konopaski and McCartney were the No. 2 seed out of the Olympic League and played like it on Friday.

They didn’t drop a set on their way to a 2-0 day.

Sam Beasley and Connor Reid had a very tough draw and played the No. 1 doubles team from Interlake. Beasley and Reid played very well in a losing effort.

“It’s hard to see the season come to an end for Connor, Sam and Derek because they have meant so much to our team this year,” Port Angeles coach Brian Gundersen said.

“At the same time, I’m very excited for Micah, Jordan, A.J. and Hayden.”

The tournament continues today and Tuesday.

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