Lynden Lions 2013 boys' tennis preview

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 10, 2013 

LYNDEN

LIONS

Coach: Trey Ballard

Last year: Finished fourth in the Northwest Conference with a 7-7 record and finished 7-7 overall. ... Didn't advance any players to state.

Players to watch: Grant Wolffis (sr.), Ben Mulder (jr.), Dakota Davis (jr)

Outlook: An big loss of graduated seniors across the Northwest Conference has struck nearly every Whatcom County school, and in Lynden it's no different. Coach Trey Ballard lost almost every one of his top singles and doubles players. Senior Grant Wolffis, who played No. 1 singles, is one of the few returners and provides Lynden much-needed experience. "We're having fun out there," Ballard said. "I'm looking forward to the season. It's hard to gauge this team this year, and I'm excited to go there and see where we're at." Lynden's presumed No. 1 doubles team, juniors Dakota Davis and Ben Mulder, will be relied on heavily and give the Lions a talented duo, Ballard said. Lynden finished with a .500 record in 2012, and Ballard believes that's indicative of the balanced level of play in the conference. There isn't one team that is extremely weak, he said. "We're not necessarily young, but we are inexperienced at the varsity level," said the Lynden coach. "I think it will be a learning experience the first half of the season, and we'll be playing well the second half."

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 12 at Squalicum* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 Friday Harbor Noon

Sept. 16 Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Sehome* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 25 Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Friday Harbor 11 a.m.

Sept. 30 Squalicum 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 at Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 Sehome* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.

* NWC game

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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