Both the Chewelah boys and girls were able to knock off Freeman in NEA League play last Tuesday, then they spent the weekend notching the third-highest team score out of any 1A school participating in the Inland Empire Tennis Tournament.
“The Freeman match on Tuesday was about as close as you could have won it,” Chewelah coach Ed Anegon said. “Starting at 3:30 p.m., neither the boys nor girls had clinched come 7 p.m.”
Once the girls won the requisite by three points to clinch the sweep for the Cougars’ teams — it was 8 p.m.
On the girls side, Chewelah won in No. 1 and No. 2 singles – and No. 3 girls doubles. Elizabeth Grubb played well at No. 1 for all three sets, Anegon said, knocking out Savy Sousa 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.
“She demoralized her opponent in the third and did very well to continue to move her around and to attack mid-court balls,” Anegon said.
Katie Keifer did the same for the Cougars at No. 2 singles. She downed Morganne Strahl 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 playing aggressive-minded tennis. Chewelah also picked up the No. 3 doubles matchup as Megan Dyer and Kaylynn Palmer fought back from being down 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set to down Freeman’s Hanna Storro and Kaitlyn Strahl 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
On the boys side, Chewelah won all three doubles matches to defeat the Scotties. Chandler Kirk-Patterson and Keith Justice won at No. 1 doubles, Earl Howard and Johnny Kircher won at No. 2 doubles while Trevor Arnold and Sylus Snelling got the W at No. 3 doubles.
“And it was necessary given that Freeman’s strength right now,” Anegon said.
Over the weekend at the Inland Empire Tennis Tournament held at various sites around Spokane —Chewelah found some success in the wide-reaching tournament.
Megan Dyer and Kaylynn Palmer at No. 3 doubles reached the quarterfinals beating teams from Clark Fork and Hanford before losing in straight sets to Ferris. In No. 1 mixed doubles. Chandler Kirk-Patterson and Kindra Hansen reached the consolation finals before losing to a team from Post Falls 6-4, 6-2 and placed sixth.
At No. 2 mixed doubles, Carmen Hixson and Keith Justice played lights-out tennis on Saturday, losing to Southride 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-5, before pummeling a Lakeland team 6-2, 6-0 in 35 minutes.
“It was great to see Carmen and Keith play that well and I am hoping the success of both the mixed teams work into their doubles play moving forward with the rest of the league,” Anegon said.
Mullein Farneman and Courtney King lost in the second round to Richland in the third set tiebreaker after beating a team from Rogers in straight sets. Sylus Snelling and Trevor Anold lost in three sets to get to the consolation semifinal round, playing very aggressive tennis against Ellenburg.
Elizabeth Grubb and Katie Kiefer went two-and-out but played against a tough No. 1 Pullman team in the first round which is very likely to move onto the 2A State Tournament, Anegon said.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff