Crawford, Isakovic help Squalicum boys' tennis take down Anacortes

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 10, 2013 

The Squalicum boys' tennis team defeated Anacortes 5-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Anacortes behind a tough come-from-behind win by Neal Crawford and Nesta Isakovic.

Crawford and Isakovic dropped the first set of their match against Ben Bellusci and Cooper Huntley 5-7 but took the next two sets 6-3, 6-0, to complete the comeback.

"They got a lot tougher in the second and third sets," Squalicum coach Joe O'Brien said in a phone interview. "They just decided to play better tennis."

Jared Wigen scored Anacortes' only singles win over Avery Wolff 6-2, 6-3, and the team of Caleb Wigen and Kevin Xue got the only doubles win for the Seahawks. They beat Tyler Hoback and Carter Nickelson 6-2, 6-0.

O'Brien said he was impressed with singles players Kevin Smiley and Drew Segren, who have been consistently winning their matches. He also liked Carter Thulin's 6-3, 6-2 win over Garrett Manion, calling it a "good, solid win."

Squalicum's next match is at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Squalicum High School against Ferndale.

SQUALICUM 5, ANACORTES 2

Singles: Jared Wigen (Anacortes) def. Avery Wolff 6-2, 6-3; Carter Thulin (Squalicum) def. Garrett Manion 6-3, 6-2; Drew Segren (Squal) def. Hunter Wickman 6-1, 6-1; Kevin Smiley (Squal) def. Kieran Saunders 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Caleb Wigen/Kevin Xue (Anacortes) def. Tyler Hoback/Carter Nickelson 6-2, 6-0; Neal Crawford/Nesta Isakovic (Squal) def. Ben Bellusci/Cooper Huntley 5-7, 6-3, 6-0; Cole Herdman/Liam Brownlie (Squal) def. Ryan Campbell/Garrett Higgins 6-1, 6-4.

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