Mark Grimmer
PHS senior Mark Grimmer was among the team’s singles players that posted a straight-set win on Tuesday against Madras. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School boys tennis team dominated singles and split the doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory Tuesday over Madras.

Junior Dawson Beckstead, senior Dylan Bell, sophomore Andrew Leonard and senior Mark Grimmer all had straight-set sweeps over their opponents. Beckstead posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Riley Adair in the No. 1 position. Bell blanked his counterpart at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Leonard was dominant in a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 and Grimmer had the closest match at No. 4 in a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Senior Noah Aynes and junior Teddy Benbow were 6-0, 6-3 winners at No. 1 doubles. Freshmen Ethan Aynes and Jackson Holroyd took care of their opponents at No. 4 doubles, 6-0, 6-2. Madras had their only victories in the dual at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

The only match of the day to go to three sets occurred in doubles with PHS sophomores Gradin Fairbanks and Osvaldo Garcia-Bazan in a battle against Matias Ruiz and Julian Santellano. The Warrior duo won the first set 6-1 and then nearly got the win in the second set but fell short, 7-5. The Madras team carried that momentum over to the third set and notched the win, 6-2.

Philomath’s record improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play with the win. The Warriors head to Estacada on Thursday and then to a tournament at Oregon Episcopal in Portland on Saturday. 

The Philomath High girls were scheduled to play Tuesday at Madras but the match was canceled.