Spartan tennis gets back on track

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 9:30am
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The Bainbridge Spartans played tough but came up short to Seattle Prep and Bishop Blanchet in varsity tennis earlier this week.

“The fight was impressive; many close sets and some individual wins making it close. Yet we just didn’t take the big points up against more experienced tournament tough players,” noted Spartan Head Coach Jennifer Anne Shorr.

The Bainbridge girls fell to Seattle Prep in a matchup against a first place and undefeated Prep team.

Shorr said the Prep girls team was just a step above with many USTA ranked and state level players.

The Bainbridge were so close to a win, however. The Spartan boys lost both singles but took the doubles at No. 1 (Ryan Wilson/John Tappan) in two quick sets.

Rain interrupted play and Bainbridge ended up with an incomplete, but later finished play with Prep up 2-1.

BHS was up a set on one court and down a set on the other. “We took one at No. 3 doubles (Sean Westerhout/Elliot Weyland). Unfortunately we lost the other 6-4, 6-4 in a pressure packed and emotional match,” Shorr said.

The action against Bishop Blanchet was fierce, as well.

“Not our day — but still we fought hard. Blanchet was deep and solid; played very well and deserved to win,” Shorr said.

On the road against O’Dea, the boys team got back on track with a 3-2 victory.

“All our doubles teams won: Ryan Wilson and Sean Westerhout at No. 1; Bjorn Stanley and partner Liam Welch at No. 2; and a great win for Elliot Weyland and Oscar Bray to clinch the win at No. 3,” Shorr noted.

The Bainbridge girls faced Holy Names, the defending state champs. on the road Tuesday.

HNA were just a bit too strong, the Spartan coach said, but Bainbridge came very close in the doubles.

“One match rained out (wasn’t completed) and we got the win at No. 3 doubles with our most consistent player Lindsay Payne playing with the very solid Lena Klinkenberg winning in a third set tiebreaker,” Shorr said.

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