Lynden's girls' tennis team battled to the bitter end with Ferndale. It came down to the last match on the court - the No. 3 doubles teams - and it went to a tiebreaker. The Lions prevailed to take the victory 4-3 in a Northwest Conference match on Friday, April 18, at the Lynden YMCA.
"It was a lot of fun to see," Lynden coach Trey Ballard said in a phone interview. "The first time we played, Ferndale beat us 5-2. I'm proud of the way the girls fought and held their own."
Lynden's Kira Kollmyer earned her redemption by beating Lauren Mattiani after losing to her the last time the two teams met.
"She showed a lot of improvement," Ballard said. "She's trying some different things and they're starting to pan out for her."
Lynden plays Squalicum on Monday, April 21, on the road. Ferndale faces Anacortes on Monday at home.
LYNDEN 4, FERNDALE 3
Singles: Kira Kollmyer (Lynden) def. Lauren Mattiani (Ferndale) 6-1, 6-3; Bridget Johnson (Lynden) def. Holly Clark (Ferndale) 6-3, 6-3; Katherine Haveman (Lynden) def. Juliana Gholam 6-1, 3-6, 7-5; Gloriana Swanson (Fern) def. Emily Brown (Lynden) 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles: Kassidy Newman/Sophia Chahine (Ferndale) def. Kellie Siebig/Bailee Mulder (Lynden) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5; Carly Bannerman/Shelby Slaughter (Ferndale) def. Rachel Wiles/Emily Thies (Lynden) 6-0, 6-4; Karis Van Diest/Nicole George (Lynden) def. Meredith Boxx/Hailey Schulz (Ferndale) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (3).