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Tennis works through obstacles
Construction, loss of 15 seniors wont hold Spartans down.
It hasnt been all smiles and sunshine for head coach Mike Anderson and the Bainbridge tennis team this season.
With the construction of the 200 building still in effect, the Spartans have had to work around the workers (Its been a distraction, but nothing we cant handle, Anderson said of finding a way to practice on their old courts) and find other places to practice and play.
But thanks to the Wing Point Golf and Country Club and the Bainbridge Athletic Club, the team can host some games and have a normal season somewhat.
I think we got the matches started about 3:30 p.m. and the last ball was hit a little after 9 p.m., Anderson said of their 6-5 win against Bishop Blanchet at the BAC when the Wing Point courts werent available due to rain. It was a long night to say the least.
Last season, the Spartans moved seven players to districts, then had three girls in Molly Donohue, Jamie Slonaker and Brooke Shorett win the district title for the first time in Andersons career and move onto state, where they tied for fifth overall with Seattle Prep and Mercer Island.
This year, several players are back with some experience, but many are new faces to the team.
Along with seniors Shorett, Becky Gottlieb and Jonathan Potter all co-captains the Spartans return senior Euimin Jung, junior David Gruber and sophomores Dylan Skeffington and Ian Saksa.
Several newcomers to the girls team include senior Alexis Boleda, juniors Ryan Biggers, Sarah Powers, Abigial Hawley, sophomore Colleen Gruber and freshman Grace Porter, who comes in with a lot of tournament experience and is ranked eighth in the USTA girls 14-year-old age division in the Northwest.
Shes a real tournament player, Anderson said. Shes pretty good.
On the boys side, juniors Ryan Hunt, Tim Buxton, Chris Compeggie and freshmen Sam Claney and Scott Anderson arrive on the scene to bolster the ranks.
The additional numbers have brightened the season outlook for Anderson.
Im a little more optimistic, he said. Im expecting a little more out of them.
Im thinking we can give Seattle Prep a bigger run for their money.