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Home court favors Spartan tennis

O’Dea/Holy Names and Blanchet come calling, and ride the bus home in defeat.

Bainbridge tennis capped a three- match week with their third straight Metro League win, downing O’Dea/Holy Names Academy in a 6-5 thriller Thursday evening.

The high school courts were the site of an 8-3 win over Bishop Blanchet the afternoon before.

The streak sends the Spartans to a 4-2 overall record. At 3-2 in league play, they are in position to make a run at leaders Seattle Prep and Lakeside upon their return from the Pepsi Invitational this weekend in Yakima.

As expected, Whitney Cheng (6-0) is churning through her regular season competition, winning Thursday over Elizabeth McDaniel 6-1, 6-1.

It was Ben Miller and Sean Brachvogel who clinched the close win for the Spartans with their 6-2, 7-6 (5) win in number one boys doubles over Mark Peden/Joe Barbito.

Anna Judson and Darton Gibbons combined two wins to complete their run through the week.

The duo downed Gina Garcia and Yuichiro Motoe 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday, to follow up their 6-0, 7-5 dispatching of the Braves’ Christina Ciridon and John Moynihan in a match that secured the Wednesday win for the Spartans.

“It was fun playing with Darton,” Judson said. “We communicated well. In the mixed competition, the girl is always the target, so it felt good to respond well and get the win.”

Spartan Molly Donohue defeated Kathleen Carter, 6-2, 6-3. While Lauren Trageser split her matches this week, losing to Roxna Irani 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 in the third set tiebreak.

She wore down a spunky Stephanie Caldwell, 7-5, 6-0 in a baseline battle Wednesday, using some good advice from her coaches.

“At first the coaches just told me to relax, that I was doing good,” Trageser said. “Then they suggested I mix things up, go for the corners or drop some shots. She was playing well from the baseline, so I mixed it up.”

On Wednesday Donohue pitched a keen battle over Katie Whipple, 6-1, 6-2, working her way through a deceptively close match.

The match of the day was her brother’s run-in with fellow senior Kevin Codd. Daniel Donohue fell in a remarkable match that saw two final set tiebreakers, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2).

Both boys doubles teams won Wednesday with an identical 6-4, 6-4 game record.

Top seeds Hank Hobbs and Ben Miller defeated Matt Washington and John Gardner while Brachvogel and Nash Reijnen, playing one court over, took the second team of Chris Martin and Kieran Deguzman.

Hank Hobbs also earned a team point Thursday with his 6-3, 6-1 match over O’Dea’s Andrew Zarate.

The tennis team takes nearly three dozen players to Yakima this weekend for the Pepsi Invitational, where players have a good chance to get six matches in over two days.

The Spartans return to face Nathan Hale on the home court at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, before traveling to Chief Sealth the following afternoon.

Next Saturday brings Mt. Spokane to town for a 9 a.m. match.

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