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.