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Spartan JV boys dominate at All City tourney
SEATTLE - The Bainbridge High School junior varsity tennis team competed in the 13-school Seattle Metro tournament on May 17 and 19 at Ingraham and Nathan Hale High School tennis courts in North Seattle.
BHS JV entered the end of season tournament with a record of 8-3. The team competed individually in boys and girls singles as well boys and girls doubles.
While the girls were eliminated before the final rounds at Ingraham, two BHS boys, Michael Barrow and Sam Rabinowitz, returned to battle for fifth and sixth place in doubles, ultimately losing in a proset 8-6 to a duo from Seattle Preparatory.
Some Spartans were ultimately forced to compete against each other.
Two BHS teams competed on opposite sides of the boys doubles draw - Aidan Sullivan and Brendan Bennet, and Jeremy Lipschutz and Alec Chan - both winning their semifinal matches and competing against each other for the doubles title.
Lipschutz and Chan took it home after a hard-fought three sets against their fellow teammates, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Three of the four competitors in the boys singles semifinals were from Bainbridge: Maxwell Brown, Mason Ogden, and Kevin Nikomboriak.
On one side of the draw, Brown defeated his teammate Nikomboriak 8-0 in a proset, earning the right to compete in the final against his other teammate Ogden, who won his semifinal proset 8-3 against Nikhil Brimiwal from Lakeside.
The boys final between two very talented BHS freshman was executed with great sportsmanship and a battle of skills, with Ogden pulling out a win in a third set deciding tiebreak, 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) against Maxwell Brown.
BHS JV Coach Julie Riely said it was quite an honor for the Bainbridge boys to fill both the singles and doubles finals from a roster of 13 schools, adding that it was a testament to the talent and depth of the team and that the future of BHS tennis looked promising with this cadres of young players dominating Metro tennis.