Racqueteers struggle at home

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Bainbridge tennis head coach Mike Anderson was extremely happy to have a warm, dry setting to play tennis in Friday.

Without the generosity of the Bainbridge Athletic Club, both teams would have struggled to get off anything during the rain and at times, snow, that fell during their match.

“They have been so good to allow us to have three home matches this year,” he said. “Otherwise we would have been traveling this whole year – and we still have a lot of traveling to do before the postseason.

“It’s very seldom you get to play tennis during a snowstorm,” Anderson said with a laugh.

Unfortunately, the team couldn’t take down one of the top teams in the Metro League, losing 10-1 to Seattle Prep in their last home match of the season.

Freshman Grace Porter was the only one to come away with a win, as she beat Prep’s Brittany Roland 6-1, 6-0.

Porter showed why she is the number one girls singles player for the Spartans as she used a strong, accurate serve and some well-timed shots to defeat Roland.

“She is a tournament tough, tested player,” Anderson said of Porter. “She’s even played two or three USTA tournaments during the season.

“She loves to play and that’s why she’s got herself to a point where she is that she can compete at that high of a level,” Anderson continued.

Anderson also felt that Porter’s victory over Holy Names’ Rachel Storz last week was a significant win for her.

“Rachel is the reigning District 2 champion,” he said. “It was quite a feat.

“She’s played her in USTA tournaments before, but never had beaten her, so that just shows that she’s getting better.”

The rest of the team didn’t have as much success in getting a win.

The other two girls’ singles players, Paige Tejera and Ryan Biggers, were beaten by Katie Beyer and Emmie Kellogg-Smith, respectively.

Tejera lost 6-2, 6-0 and Biggers lost 6-3, 6-2.

For boys’ singles, Scott Alderson lost 6-3, 6-1 to Brian Jenkins, Sam Clancey lost 6-1, 6-1 to Charles Quay and senior Jonathan Potter lost in straight sets to Ed La Cava.

For girls’ doubles, the senior team of Brooke Shorett and Becky Gottlieb lost 6-4, 4-6 and 7-10 to Katie Lee and Kate Magee.

Both teams made good shots and bad serves, but unforced errors were ultimately the downfall for Shorett and Gottlieb in the tiebreaker.

“It was a bit rough,” Shorett said. “We tend to lose that second set” most of the time.

“We got down a little bit in that second set and then it was tough to come back in the tiebreaker,” Gottlieb said.

“There’s a lot of pressure in the tiebreaker,” Shorett said.

Both admitted there were some nerves due to it being their last home match and having an audience watching them at the BAC.

“It’s a little intimidating being on that first court,” Shorett said. “We’re not used to having people actually watch us during a match.”

The other girls doubles team of Hannah Trageser and Sarah Powers lost to Emily Newman and Clare McReynolds by the score of 6-4, 7-5.

For boys’ doubles, the number one team of Dylan Skeffington and Ian Saksa lost in straight sets to Andrew La Cava and Jason Bediones.

The number two team of David Gruber and Ryan Hunt lost to Taylor Hunt and Garret Vincent 6-0, 6-1.

The mixed doubles team of seniors Alexis Boleda and Euimin Jung lost to Cammy Rosellini 6-4, 6-2.

Anderson said it’s tough to get one over on the Panthers.

“Seattle Prep just gets better and deeper every year,” he said. “Their coach, Mark Frisby, said he doesn’t know where all these good freshman girls come from. They’re definitely the class of our league.”

Against Eastside Catholic, the Spartans came home with an 8-3 win.

Porter, Colleen Gruber and Hayley Trageser swept the girls’ singles side while Powers and Biggers won in girls’ doubles.

David Gruber and Ryan Hunt won on the boys’ doubles side, as did Jung and Tim Buxton.

Abigail Hawley and Chris Compeggie won in mixed doubles.

In the postseason, things will be a bit different than in years past.

The Metro switched to two divisions for tennis, so teams will play a crossover match, then they’ll hold their individual tournament to determine who goes to districts.

With the playoffs approaching, both Shorett and Gottlieb hope they can get through the Metro and district playoffs.

“It depends on the draw,” Shorett said.

“If we cut down on our errors I think we have a chance of going far,” Gottlieb said.

Anderson said they’ll send as many as they can onto districts in hopes of repeating as district champs for girls and finish in the top ten in state.

“I think Grace has a shot, but other than that, I’m not sure (who will make it,” he said. “It’s pretty tough on the boys’ singles and doubles side.”

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