Blaine falls to Anacortes 6-1 in season-opener


Blaine's tennis team fell 6-1 to Anacortes in its season-opening match on Tuesday, March 18, at Blaine.

The Borderites only win came from Saskia Dolk, who defeated Carly Anderson 6-4, 7-6.

"She played well in spots," Blaine coach John Freal said in a phone interview. "That was the case throughout the team. There was a lot of good play, but just not enough."

Freal highlighted Chloe Foster, who lost to Maria Dale 6-2, 6-0, as someone who played well throughout the match.

"It was her first time playing singles," Freal said. "She played well, but the score didn't reflect that."

Alex Henderson, Blaine's No. 1 single, lost to Paola Jerkovich 6-3, 6-3, but was hampered by an injury.

"I think Alex and Saskia need to play like they play each other in practice," Freal said.

Blaine gets back to the courts on Thurday, March 20, to take on Sehome.


Singles: Paola Jerkovich (Ana) def. Alex Henderson (Blaine) 6-3, 6-3; Saskia Dolk (Blaine) def. Carly Anderson (Ana) 6-4, 7-6; Kylie Berlin (Ana) def. Emily Roe (Blaine) 6-2, 5-7, 10-6; Maria Dale (Ana) def. Chloe Foster (Blaine) 6-2,6-0.

Doubles: Colleen Anderson/Stella Gilman (Ana) def. Olivia Olason/Gretchen Kordas (Blaine) 7-5, 6-3; Meghan Geer/Somer Burton (Ana) def. Kaitlyn Sharp/Kaylie Sharp (Blaine) 6-3, 7-5; Lali Kushner/Nicole McInerney (Ana) def. Payton Saunders/Kjirstin Larson (Blaine) 6-3, 6-3.

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