Blaine Borderites girls' tennis preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 20, 2014 

BLAINE

BORDERITES

Coach: John Freal

Last year: Finished tied for seventh in the Northwest Conference with a 2-6 record and went 6-10 overall.

Players to watch: Saskia Dolk (jr.), Alex Henderson (sr.), Emily Roe (jr.), Mandy Hayes (jr.), Chloe Foster (so.)

Outlook: The Borderites may need to be patient until their youth logs more varsity matches, but coach John Freal has a pair of experienced tennis players he thinks will be strong contributors. Senior Alex Henderson played predominately doubles last spring, but Freal's plan is to move her to Blaine's top singles position. Junior Saskia Dolk is expected to slide in behind Henderson as the Borderites' No. 2 to form a strong one-two combo atop Blaine's lineup. "I think they just need to be as competitive as they can, not just in the league matches, but in the preseason matches as well," Freal said. "They need to try to get better all the way through the season." Freal is also excited about the athleticism both Mandy Hayes and Emily Roe will bring. Both were members of the Borderites' Class 1A State Tournament girls' basketball team. Sophomore Chloe Foster is another young player to watch for.

2014 SCHEDULE

March 18 Anacortes 3:30 p.m.

March 20 at Sehome 3:30 p.m.

March 21 Coupeville 3:30 p.m.

March 24 at Ferndale 3:30 p.m.

March 26 at Squalicum 3:30 p.m.

March 28 South Whidbey 3:30 p.m.

April 8 Bellingham 3:30 p.m.

April 14 at Burlington-Edison* 3:45 p.m.

April 16 Lynden* 3:30 p.m.

April 18 at Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.

April 21 Sehome* 3:30 p.m.

April 23 Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.

April 28 Squalicum* 3:30 p.m.

May 1 at Friday Harbor 4:15 p.m.

May 5 at Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.

May 7 at Sedro-Woolley 3:30 p.m.

*NWC match

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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