Chewelah’s tennis teams wrapped up the regular season last week, as the boys picked up one league victory and the girls notched two wins in their final days before the postseason.
The boys lost to Medical Lake on Tuesday 5-0, fell to Lakeside 4-1 on Thursday and then bounced back against Riverside with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. The girls defeated Medical Lake 4-1, lost to Lakeside 5-0 and then notched a 3-2 W over Riverside.
While playing at Medical Lake on Tuesday, the boys were swept but No. 1 doubles team Keith Justice and Chandler Kirk-Patterson had an epic clash with Medical Lake’s Izzy Farmen and Alex Neder before falling 7-6, 4-6 and 7-6.
“The highlight was the three-set, three-hour battle,” Chewelah tennis coach Ed Anegon said. “While Chandler and Keith lost, they had numerous opportunities in each set to put the set away. They held a match point in the first set and served for it at 5-4 in the third. They just did not play the tiebreaks well.”
The girls also had their epic match as No. 1 singles player for the Cougars, Elizabeth Grubb, notched a three and a half-hour, three-set win over Tara Alsept. No. 2 singles player Katie Kiefer, No. 1 doubles squad Carmen Hixson and Kindra Hansen and No. 3 doubles Kaylynn Palmer and Kirstine Schatz all won for the Cougars as well. It was also Schatz’s first varsity victory.
Lakeside won both boys and girls by a combined score of 9-1 on Thursday.
“Not much good to say about the Lakeside match,” Anegon said. “I was impressed by Chandler and Keith at No. 1 doubles. Not necessarily for how they played but for how they played the second set breaker. After Medical Lake, it was good to see them stay level-headed and win the breaker going away.”
Lakeside is just a tough squad this year, Anegon said. “They are solid at all spots in their lineup and don’t have the gaps to fill. It suprised me to have the near same result as the first, considering how flat we came out at Lakeside but we just got trounced.”
Things changed on Saturday, however, as the boys got wins across the board sans the No. 1 singles result. Earl Howard got his first singles win of the year at No. 2 singles playing a “well-executed match against a potentially tough match-up for Earl,” Anegon said.
Sylus Snelling and Trevor Arnold also picked up a victory at No. 2 doubles and, according to Agenon, “killed it.”
“These two have improved immensely this season,” Anegon said. “Both were crashing the net, attacking and playing aggressive-minded doubles.”
The girls doubles teams got the Cougars with win against Riverside. Hixson and Hansen notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Cardinals in No. 1 doubles.
“All were straight sets wins and done so very convincingly,” Anegon said. “Carmen and Kindra executed aggressive doubles fairly well and only needed to make minor adjustments as the match progressed.
Grubb played a well-executed match against a wall of an opponent at No. 1 singles, Anegon said. Keifer just had a few too many missteps to be able to forge a win.
The Chewelah boys team finished 5-7 overall and 3-7 in league while the girls finished 7-7 and 5-7 in league. They’ll start district tourney play on Friday and Saturday.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff