On Tuesday the girl’s tennis team and a couple of the boys traveled to Colville to take on the Indians. In an exhibition match, Tyler Monasmith and David Vilchiz, played the #1 and #2 girls from Colville, Liselotte Doggen and Erin Little. This was a great chance for each team to compete at a closer level than they have gotten in most of their league matches, because Doggen and Little have been dominating in girls singles and Monasmith and Vilchiz have not had any real competition at the #1 doubles spot. The match was fun for all four players because it wasn’t going into any win or loss column, yet it was still competitive with lots of great rallies. By the way, the boys did win, but said “the girls gave them twice the match any of the other league boys doubles teams have”.
In the other regular matches, Tenika Smith was out played by a more experienced Tessa Moore, and both of Chewelah’s doubles teams won. Becka Kenney and Bethany Kofmehl won easily 6-1, 6-1 with lots of great net smashes and well placed shots. Ryann Richmond and Kelley Riese struggled a little with errors but won the first set in a 9-7 tie breaker and then focused better in their second set win.
On Thursday, Chewelah hosted the Reardan Indians, who aren’t in their league, but will compete in the Regional tournament. The boys got the 3-2 win. The entertaining match of the day was again Monasmith and Vilchiz playing Kevin Murphy and Tyler Frank. The match was fast and furious with unbelievable serves and returns that kept the crowd on edge. The Cougs came away with the first set win, 6-3, but lost confidence in the second set and lost the tie breaker 2-7. During the rest time before the third set, Vilchiz decided he “did know how to play tennis” and just because he served poorly the second set didn’t mean he had to play poorly the rest of the match. The final set was 6-4 and a well fought and deserving win for the Cougs. The other two wins were #2 singles, Braeton Dainty-Flanagan with a quick, dominating 6-0, 6-1 win with many aces and well placed shots. Collin Kirk-Patterson played #3 singles and also got a nice 6-2, 6-2 victory making it look a little too easy. Ben Johnstone played #1 singles and was upended by Jakob Wesebaum who played like a back board returning everything hit at him and making it look effortless. As a coach, this was a rough match to watch, said Smith. Ben has picture perfect form on his ground strokes and serves, had some nice winners and aces and got to the net often (which is what every coach wants) but wasn’t consistent enough. His unforced errors caused his loss. At #2 doubles, Ryan Sisco and Mason Miller had a tough time and found out net people are not friendly a few too many times and returned too many shots right to the opposition and were defeated.
In girl’s action, Richmond and Riese got the only win, remain undefeated and took care of business with an easy 6-2, 6-0 win. Naomi Miller played veteran, Lauren Schulz and got to see her powerful ground strokes and why she is near the top of her league. Kayleigh Hansen had a close match with a little too much defense and lost. Tenika Smith won the first set with consistent serving and great ball movement, but barely dropped the second and third sets with well fought points.
This week the Cougars have tennis scheduled every day, hosting Davenport Monday, Freeman Tuesday, a JV girls tourney Wednesday , and traveling to Lakeside Thursday, and Friday and Saturday to Spokane to play in the Inland Empire tourney.
By Denise Smith, JHS Tennis Coach
In This Photo: The tennis team is happy to have Megan Rusher rejoining them this week after her battle with cancer playing doubles with Patty Hernandez. She gets down to business with her partner and defeats Reardan. Kim Johnstone photo