Bellingham boys' tennis defeats Squalicum before rain strikes

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 2, 2013 

Bellingham boys' tennis outpaced the rain and won four matches against Squalicum, Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Squalicum. By winning four of the seven matches, the Red Raiders won the matchup and no makeup games will be played after the rain caused the coaches to call off the rest of the match.

Bellingham was led by Connor Thompson and Nick Nolan's 6-1, 6-3 win over Nesta Isakovic and Neal Crawford. The Red Raiders' Sam Ferguson and Liam Miszczak won the only two singles matches that were completed. Chris Nakatani and Chad Cheldelin's 6-2, 6-3 win over Cole Herdman and Luke Reinschmidt was Bellingham's fourth win.

Squalicum led in the singles match between Drew Segren and Bellingham's Charlie Carmichael 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 before the rainout. The Storm's Carter Nickelson and Liam Brownlie were tied with Bellingham's Logan Schilder and Nate Pearsall 5-7, 6-4, 4-4 before the match was called.

"I was really impressed with (Nickelson's and Brownlie's) match. Liam played with a lot of effort today," Squalicum coach Joe O'Brien said in a phone interview.

Squalicum's next match is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Burlinton-Edison. Bellingham's next match is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Sehome.

BELLINGHAM 4, SQUALICUM 0

Singles: Liam Miszczak (Bellingham) def. Avery Wolfe (Squalicum) 4-0, default; Sam Ferguson (Bellingham) def. Carter Thulin (Squalicum) 7-6 (2), 6-1; Drew Segren (Squalicum) leading Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 rainout; Jay Andrews (Bellingham) leading Kevin Smiley (Squalicum) 6-3, rainout.

Doubles: Connor Thompson/Nick Nolan (Bellingham) def. Nesta Isakovic/Neal Crawford 6-1, 6-3; Carter Nickelson/Liam Brownlie (Squalicum) vs Logan Schilder/Nate Pearsall (Bellingham) 5-7, 6-4, 4-4; Chris Nakatani/Chad Cheldelin (Bellingham) def. Cole Herdman/Luke Reinschmidt (Squalicum) 6-2, 6-3.

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