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Spartan tennis set to serve up another winning season | SPRINGS SPORTS PREVIEW
According to popular wisdom, too many cooks will spoil the broth.
Bainbridge High School varsity co-ed tennis team Head Coach Mike Anderson, however, claims that his three senior co-captains are working together perfectly to lead the 60-student strong squad through to another winning season.
“They’re not only good kids but [also] good players,” he explained. “The three senior captains have all played all four years [of high school], and have been to a combined six state tournaments.”
The captains are Jordan Ferguson (who finished last season 12-10), Keet Curtis (19-4) and Matt Alderson (19-4).
“Alderson was runner-up in 3A state doubles with graduated Jacob Christensen in 2013,” said Anderson. “Also, Curtis placed sixth in boys state doubles with junior Ben DeVries.”
Anderson also said that co-captain Alderson had recently signed a letter of intent with Seattle University to play tennis there next year.
The Spartan squad will return nearly a dozen letter winners from last year, including seniors Noland Pelly, Jarret Grimm and Grant Dalton; juniors Jordan Jackson, Tara Nikomborirak, Raya Deussen and Holt Ogden; as well as sophomore Cranny Curtis.
Anderson is returning for his 17th year as varsity head coach at BHS. In that time, he has accumulated an impressive dual match record of 172-48-1.
Returning with Anderson is a support staff that combines experience and motivation. Uly Cheng is in his 11th year as volunteer assistant coach and Julie Riely will return for her second season as JV team coach.
Bainbridge High has had at least one tennis player in the state tournament in all but one of the last 26 seasons of the program, said Anderson.
“We’re a no-cut program and I take pride in that,” he said. “Tennis is a lifelong sport. I would never want to turn down a kid who wants to play, especially since they can play it for the rest of their life.”
Although he admits that the size of the team may be due to the no-cut policy initially, Anderson said that tennis has to appeal to the students or they would not stick with it and they would certainly not improve.
“They do enjoy it,” he said. “It’s a fun game. Even if the kids aren’t winning, we still support them and care about them.”
Anderson’s stated goal for the team this season is to settle for no less than the best.
“This year’s team goal is to capture a Metro League championship,” he said, claiming that this year’s team had more than enough skill to make that a reality.
“Jacob Christensen and Matt Alderson were boys doubles runners-up at state in 2012 and 2013, and Keet Curtis and Ben DeVries have been to the state tournament two years in a row, with a sixth-place finish in 2013.”
The teams most likely to be competing with BHS for the championship, according to Anderson, are Lakeside, Seattle Preparatory and the Holy Names/O’Dea combination team.
Junior Spartan tennis team members to watch include Hayden Tutty, Elizabeth Viele, Quinn Dassell, Ellie Van Slyke, Sammi Jiang, Nick Miner, Liam Greiwe, Josh Vayawebb, Ben Bergstrom, Brian Fay, Tommy Zech, Peter Sharp and Eli Wagner.
The Spartans started their season on the road against Bishop Blanchet at Lower Woodland Courts at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 17. Their first home match will be Wednesday, March 19 against Seattle Preparatory.