Bellingham doubles show strong at district qualifier


BELLINGHAM - Everyone loves an underdog story and Bellingham's Chris Nakatani and Chad Cheldelin delivered in the Class 2A district qualifier on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Cheldelin and Nakatani scored the upset of the day with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over Lynden's Grant Wolffis and Tylar Holden. Wolffis, usually Lynden's No. 1 singles player, paired with Holden to advance farther in the tournament, but it didn't pay off.

Bellingham's No. 3 doubles team played the net with great skill, consistently batting down balls. The front man rarely allowed a ball past him and forced Wolffis and Holden to play over the top.

The first set went to a tiebreaker, and when Bellingham's duo won it, they carried the momentum throughout the second set, taking it 6-1.

"We worked as a team and kept the momentum," Cheldelin said.

The duo remains undefeated on the season, winning all 16 of their matches, but the two credited the unblemished year to playing against inferior opponents during the regular season.

"That was our toughest match of the year," Nakatani said. "It feels great to win."

Nakatani and Cheldelin carried that win into the next match against Burlington-Edison's Max Cook and Dante Zimmerman. Bellingham's doubles won again, this time 6-2, 6-4.

"We had momentum from the huge upset," Cheldelin said.

They fell behind in the second set 4-3, but came back to ensure Bellingham had all three of its doubles into the quarterfinals.

"The second set we relaxed a little," Nakatani said. "But once we saw we were behind, we got fired up."

The two will face another Bellingham squad, Liam Miszczak and Nate Pearsall, on Monday, Oct. 21.

"There is a 50-50 chance of winning," Cheldelin said. "We need to practice a lot and work on our shots tomorrow."

Bellingham's team was the star of the day with the doubles teams of Cheldelin and Nakatani along with Miszczak and Pearsall and Nick Nolan and Connor Thompson. Singles player Charlie Carmichael also advanced

Sehome dominated the singles portion of the tournament, advancing Sam Humphreys, Charlie Lahud-Zahner and Brady Anderson.

District play begins again on Monday at 10 a.m. at Sehome High School.



Player School

Charlie Carmichael Bellingham

Charlie Lahud-Zahner Sehome

Sam Humphreys Sehome

Brady Anderson Sehome


Player School

Kevin Smiley/Drew Segren Squalicum

Liam Miszczak/Nate Pearsall Bellingham

Chris Nakatani/Chad Cheldelin Bellingham

Max Shmolotohka/Reece Gilbert Sehome

Nick Nolan/Connor Thompson Bellingham


Saturday's results

At Sehome High School


First round:

Drake Likkel (Lynden) def. Ryan Edson (Burlington-Edison) 7-6 (3), 6-1; Avery Wolfe (Squalicum) def. M.J. Park (Archbishop Murphy) 6-0, 6-2; Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) def. Dylan Meenk (Lynden) 6-2, 6-3; Michael Moser (Sedro-Woolley) def. Garrett Higgins (Anacortes) 6-4, 6-2; Kristopher Nilsen (Burlington-Edison) def. Ryan Castillo (Archbishop Murphy) 6-4, 6-3; Koshi Fujii (Lake Washington) def. Preuer Pretorius (Archbishop Murphy) 6-0, 6-0; Jared Wiggen (Anacortes) def. Henry Ciels (Bellingham) 6-1, 6-2; Nick Orlov (Lake Washington) def. Blaine Hindman (Sedro-Woolley) 6-1, 6-0; Ben Bellusci (Anacortes) def. Dilraj Devgun (Sammamish) 7-5, 7-5; Brooks Klinker (Lake Washington) def. Alex Balkan (Sammamish) 6-2, 6-3; Charlie Lahud-Zahner (Sehome) def. Sam Ferguson (Bellingham) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4; Sam Humphreys (Sehome) def. Ray Uzunov (Sedro-Woolley) 6-2, 6-1; Colton Saben (Burlington-Edison) def. Carter Thulin (Squalicum) 6-1, 6-2; Liam Brownlie (Squalicum) def. Tore Olson (Lynden) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Second round:

Ethan Romney (Sammamish) def. Drake Likkel (Lynden) 6-0, 6-4; Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) def. Avery Wolfe (Squalicum) 6-3, 7-5; Kristopher Nilsen (Burlington-Edison) def. Michael Moser (Sedro-Woolley) 7-6 (4), 6-1; Jared Wiggen (Anacortes) def. Koshi Fujii (Lake Washington) 6-3, 6-1; Nick Orlov (Lake Washington def. Ben Bellusci (Anacortes) 6-0, 6-0; Charlie Lahud-Zahner (Sehome) def. Brooks Klinker (Lake Washington) 6-4, (default); Sam Humphreys (Sehome) def. Colton Saben (Burlington-Edison)5-6, 6-3, 6-1; Brady Anderson (Sehome) def. Liam Brownlie (Squalicum) 6-0, 6-0.


First round:

Ben Thacker/Bryan Lucas (Archbishop Murphy) def. Ryan Campbell/Derek Vance (Anacortes) 6-2, 6-4; Jake Kamps/Noah Sayer (Burlington-Edison) def. Jacob Rumpf/Wile Goldstein (Lake Washington) 6-4, 6-4; Kevin Smiley/Drew Segren (Squalicum) def. Quinn Stanley/Houstom Schmutz (Archbishop Murphy) 6-2, 6-2; Liam Miszczak/Nate Pearsall (Bellingham) def. Jeremy Delisle/Aaron Goldfogel (Sehome) 6-4, 6-3; Carter Nickelson/Tyler Hoback (Squalicum) def. Dan Dzilenski/Steve Papagayo (Archbishop Murphy) (forfeit); Max Cook/Dante Zimmerman (Burlington-Edison) def. Phillip Conjin/Charlie Rutherford (Sedro-Woolley) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (1); Chad Cheldelin/Chris Nakatani (Bellingham) def. Grant Wolffis/Tylar Holden (Lynden) 7-6 (4), 6-1; Max Shmolotohka/Reece Gilbert (Sehome) def. Joey Columbi/Brandon Ngo (Sammamish) 6-0, 6-0; Freddy Lienhard/Hector Brandt (Sedro-Woolley) def. Jake Field/Drew VanPutten (Burlington-Edison) 6-3, 6-1; Max Notarangelo/Daniel Kranseler (Sammamish) def. Luke Hudson/K.J. Rutherford (Sedro-Woolley) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Colby Harris/Tristan Cullop (Lake Washington) def. Hunter Wickman/Cooper Huntley (Anacortes) 6-1, 6-1; Kaleb Wiggen/Kevin Xue (Anacortes) def. Jeffrey Sweet/Lim (Sammamish) 6-0, 7-6 (5); Ben Mulder/Dakota Davis (Lynden) def. Nesta Isakovic/Neal Crawford (Squalicum) 6-1, 6-7 (8), 7-5; Austin VanderHaak/Cody Engelsma (Lynden) def. Brendan Friesen/Darren Na (Sehome) 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Second round:

Fergy Lu/Tristan Jiminez (Lake Washington) def. Ben Thacker/Bryan Lucas (Archbishop Murphy) 6-0, 6-1; Kevin Smiley/Drew Segren (Squalicum) def. Jake Kamps/Noah Sayer (Burlington-Edison) 7-5, 6-2; Liam Miszczak/Nate Pearsall (Bellingham) def. Carter Nickelson/Tyler Hoback (Squalicum) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Chad Cheldelin/Chris Nakatani (Bellingham) def. Max Cook/Dante Zimmerman (Burlington-Edison) 6-2, 6-4; Max Shmolotohka/Reece Gilbert (Sehome) def. Freddy Lienhard/Hector Brandt (Sedro-Woolley) 6-1, 6-0; Max Notarangelo/Daniel Kranseler (Sammamish) vs. Colby Harris/Tristan Cullop (Lake Washington) (postponed); Ben Mulder/Dakota Davis (Lynden) def. Kaleb Wiggen/Kevin Xue (Anacortes) 6-4, 7-5; Nick Nolan/Connor Thompson (Bellingham) def. Austin VanderHaak/Cody Engelsma (Lynden) 6-2, 6-0.

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