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EHS BOYS TENNIS: Hornets stay on top of their game
By Brenda Sexton
Bolstered by three more wins, including a 3-2 victory Friday over previously undefeated Franklin Pierce, the Enumclaw High boys tennis team moved to 8-2 overall as the regular season begins to wind down.
The Hornets win Friday leaves them undefeated in league as they were scheduled to play Clover Park Monday. Results were too late to publish here, but are available at www.courierherald.com. The team is scheduled to travel to take on undefeated Lakes today, Wednesday, and return home Friday to host Peninsula before closing out the season at White River Monday. Match time for all is 3:30 p.m.
Enumclaw blanked Sumner 5-0 Sept. 28 in South Puget Sound League 3A action.
In No. 1 singles, Dan Milat topped Grant Fulton in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. In the No. 2 singles slot, Landon Berry beat Jacob Henett 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles play, Jeremy and Tyler McCarthy defeated William Mortell and Ben Landes 6-4, 6-2; Matt Zender and Justin Williams defeated Hunter Bleha and Alex Landes 6-3, 6-1; and Levi Goodin and Casey Clare topped Christian Hines and Moritz Michnelis 6-2, 6-0.
The Hornets also cruised past Timberline 4-1 in a nonleague match Sept. 30.
Milat won 6-2, 6-2. The McCarthys won 6-1, 6-0 and Zender and Williams lost the first set 6-4, but came back to win two straight, 6-4, 6-3 for the win.
Goodin and Clare won the opener 6-3, dropped the second set 6-2 and won the third 7-5.
Against Franklin Pierce, Berry won 6-3, 6-2. Zender and Williams lost the opener 6-3 and came back to win 6-2, 6-3. Goodin and Clare were also winners, taking the first set with a 7-3 tiebreaker, dropping the second set 6-1 and winning the third 6-4.
Goodin and Clare, in the Hornets’ No. 3 doubles spot, took second at the Fall Tennis Invitational at South Kitsap High Sept. 26. The pair lost in the title match to Mark Williams and Tyler Hanlon of Mountain View of Vancouver, Wash., 6-2, 6-1.
The Hornets took a fourth doubles team of Kevin Johnson and Patrick Putman, which took fourth place by beating Kyle Lowe and Chich Han of Mountain View, 6-3, 7-5.
Mountain View defended its title in the eight-team tournament.
According to EHS coach Adam Ihde, the tournament was set up as flights with each school’s No. 1 playing only against other No. 1s, No. 2s playing No. 2s, etc. Team totals were earned by how each player finished in an event. No third sets were played; instead, the United States Tennis Association tiebreaker was used in the event of split sets.
“This was a great day of tennis for all of the guys involved,” Ihde said. He said the goal was to give players tournament experience, “realizing they may well have to play three tough matches in a day. I would say the players learned a lot about themselves and what they will be facing when league tournaments begin.”