Strong singles play and improving at the right time of the season helped lift the Ferndale girls' tennis team to its first victory of the season with a 4-3 win over visiting Lynden in a Northwest Conference match on Thursday, April 25.
"We had a talk after the match and I told them we are peaking at the right time," Ferndale coach Rudy Vendiola said in a phone interview. "It's been a tough season, but this was a big win for us heading into the last week of match play before our league tournament. We're picking our game up at the right time."
The Golden Eagles (1-10, 1-5 NWC) got singles wins from Trina Byers, Lauren Mattaini and Sydney Cutsforth. But that wouldn't have been enough without a 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 win by Carly Bannerman and Shelby Slaughter at No. 2 doubles.
"They have been playing consistent for us and getting critical wins," Vendiola said. "We moved them up from JV halfway through the season, and they have really worked their way up. They're striking the ball well."
Lynden (1-10, 0-6) got a No. 1 singles win from Devon Kollmyer as well as at No. 1 doubles from Morgan Otter and Tilly Timmer and at No. 3 doubles from Alex Schulhauser and Kelsey Hewson.
The Lions next head to Burlington-Edison on Friday, April 26, while Ferndale will host Bellingham on Monday, April 29.
FERNDALE 4, LYNDEN 3
Singles: Devon Kollmyer (Lynden) def. Jamie Pettinger (Ferndale) 7-6 (5), 6-2; Trina Byers (Ferndale) def. Katherin Haveman (Lynden) 3-6, 6-2, 4-0 (def.); Lauren Mattaini (Ferndale) def. Bridget Johnson (Lynden) 6-1, 6-2; Sydney Cutsforth (Ferndale) def. Morgan Braithwaite (Lynden) 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles: Morgan Otter/Tilly Timmer (Lynden) def. Ally Bagley/Cassidy Newman (Ferndale) 6-1, 6-1; Carly Bannerman/Shelby Slaughter (Ferndale) def. Kelly Fiebig/Bailee Mulder (Lynden) 6-0, 4-6, 6-0; Alex Schulhauser/Kelsey Hewson (Lynden) def. Nicloe Benard/Jessica Kiley (Ferndale) 6-0, 6-0.