Panther tennis team splits open matches

The Bonney Lake High School girls tennis team dodged raindrops last week to get in two matches to open their 2012 campaign.

The week got off to a bad start for the Panthers, dropping a match to Enumclaw 2-3 Tuesday.

Both singles players picked up the wins for Bonney Lake with Alise McCoy cruising to a 6-0, 6-3 win and Olivia Ottinger breezing to a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

But the Hornets proved too strong in doubles and easily overcame a Panther team that was missing two varsity players.

Molly Miculnich and Kelsey Kober dropped their contest 2-6, 1-6 to a team coach Billy Jacobsen called “probably the best doubles team in the league.”

Second double steam of Nate de Leon and Sam Goff played a close on, but also fell 3-6, 4-6, while the third doubles team of Sam Garrity and Britany Lie lost 4-6, 0-6 in what was their first-ever high school match.

The Panthers rebounded Thursday, however, with a 5-0 win.

McCoy and Ottinger both picked up quick wins both besting their challengers 6-0, 6-1.

Miculnich and Kober picked up their first win of the season, winning 6-2, 6-2 while Garrity and Goff – playing together for the first time – won 6-0, 6-2. The third doubles team of Lindsey Holdener and Lie, also playing together for the first time, won 6-1, 6-3.

The Panthers were scheduled to play at Auburn Mountainview Monday and home against Peninsula Tuesday before Emerald Ridge comes to Bonney Lake Friday.