The Blaine girls' tennis team defeated Ferndale, 4-3, on Monday, March 18, at Blaine High School.
The Borderites' Emily Grayston gutted out a tough two-set win over Savanna Pothier, 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Shirin Roth-Lerner and Alicia Allison did their part in doubles, defeating Ferndale's Taylor Knutson and Hannah Pitsch in two sets.
"Emily ended playing realy steady," Blaine coach John Freal said in a phone interview. "It was pretty good to get a win, and we had a couple of close matches that we lost in three sets, but overall the player played really well."
Jamie Pettinger edged Blaine's Alex Henderson in a long three-set match, 7-5 1-6 6-3.
Ferndale travels to Lynden on Tuesday, March 19, and Blaine hosts Squalicum on Wednesday, March 20.
BLAINE 4, FERNDALE 3
Singles: Jamie Pettinger (Ferndale) d. Alex Henderson (Blaine) 7-5 1-6 6-3; Emily Grayston (Blaine) d. Savanna Pothier (Ferndale) 7-5 7-6 (7-4); Saskia Dolk (Blaine) d. Trina Byers (Ferndale) 6-0 6-1; Elizabeth Berry (Blaine) d. Zoe Shook (Ferndale) 6-1 6-1.
Doubles: Shirin Roth-Lerner/Alicia Allison (Blaine) d. Taylor Knutson/Hannah Pitsch (Ferndale) 6-2 7-5; Ally Bagley/Cassidy Newman (Ferndale) d. Mandy Hayes/Emily Roe 6-2 7-5; Lauren Matini/Sydney Cutsforth (Ferndale) Lilly Ollison/Hope Wilkett (Blaine) 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7-1).