Breakout performances from the seconds and thirds on the Blaine tennis team secured the team’s second Northwest Conference (NWC) win, as the Borderites defeated Sedro-Woolley 4–3 at home.
Coming off of a week in which they played a match every day, several players put forth their best effort of the season at the April 29 match, according to coach John Freal.
“Our third doubles Mandy Hayes and Emily Roe were really impressive,” he said. “It was their best performance so far.”
Hayes and Roe won their set 6–4, 6–0.
“[Sedro-Woolley] had some good players, and we pulled off the win even though our first doubles team and our first singles didn’t win,” Freal said. “The seconds and thirds really stepped up.”
Second single Elizabeth Berry won her set 6–0, 6–3, and Katie Morley won the third singles set 6–4, 6–2. Alicia Allison and Shirin Roth-Lerner won the second doubles set 4–6, 6–4, 6–4.
Last week, the Borderites’ first doubles team Emily Grayston and Alex Henderson came back after a slow start to win their set against Bellingham’s top doubles team of Kate Troutman and Catie Welch.
As a team, Blaine lost the April 26 home match against Bellingham 6–1, but Grayston and Henderson’s win was the first time any Blaine players have won a set over the powerhouse Red Raiders since a preseason match last year.
Henderson and Grayston dropped their first game 2–6, mishitting returns on Welch’s powerful serves. In the second game, Blaine’s top doubles pair hit their stride, allowing only one point and hitting solid returns from the backcourt.
The third game was a nail biter, but Henderson and Grayston carried their momentum from the second game to win the set. The score was 2–6, 6–1, 7–6.
“They were very consistent with strong shots from the backcourt and timely volleys,” said girls tennis coach John Freal.
The Bellingham match came at the end of a busy week for the Blaine girls tennis team, including a 6–1 loss against Squalicum, a 6–1 victory over Friday Harbor and a 3–2 loss to South Whidbey.
Bellingham leads the Northwest Conference with six wins and one loss this season. Blaine is further down in the ranks, leading Ferndale and Lynden with one win and four losses in conference play. The Borderites are 5–8 overall.
“We’ve faced some teams that we haven’t come close to, but against the teams where we’re evenly matched, we’ve played well,” Freal said.
Blaine has posted decisive wins over Anacortes, Ferndale, Coupeville, Lynden and Friday Harbor this season, but has been shut out by top teams Bellingham, Sehome and Burlington-Edison.
The Borderites played Ferndale in an away match Tuesday, April 30. Blaine lost 4–3.
They played the last match of their regular season May 1 at home against Anacortes.