Ferndale's girls' tennis team started its season off with a 5-2 win over Lynden on Tuesday, March 18, at Ferndale.
The Golden Eagles' Holley Clark impressed new coach Ed Sweitzer with her 6-4, 6-6 (7) win over Lynden's Emily Brown.
"It was a very determining match," Sweitzer said in a phone interview. "It was a great match, very long. She just gutted it out and wore her down. She bent but didn't break."
Ferndale's Shelby Slaughter and Carly Bannerman also impressed their dominating play in a doubles 6-4, 6-2 win over the Lions' Bailey Mulder and Kellie Fiebig, Sweitzer said.
Lynden hosts Squalicum at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Lynden YMCA. Ferndale takes on Anacortes at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Anacortes.
FERNDALE 5, LYNDEN 2
Singles: Lauren Mattaini (Ferndale) def. Kira Kollmyer 7-5, 6-2; Bridget Johnson (Lynden) def. Juliana Gholam 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Holly Clark (Ferndale) def. Emily Brown 6-4, 6-6 (7); Tina Byers (Ferndale) def. Emily Corbin 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
Doubles: Alex Schulhouser, Kelsey Hewson (Lynden) def. Cassidy Newman, Allie Bagley 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Shelby Slaughter, Carly Bannerman (Ferndale) def. Bailey Mulder, Kellie Fiebig 6-4, 6-2; Sophia Chaline, Gloriana Swanson (Ferndale) def. Morgan Braithwaite, Carli Tjoelker 6-1, 6-4