Storm win close doubles matches in 6-1 victory

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 30, 2014 

Squalicum's girls' tennis team topped Ferndale 6-1 in a Northwest Conference match on Wednesday, April 30, at Ferndale. Despite the score, there were several "classic matches," Ferndale coach Ed Sweitzer said in a phone interview.

"What I saw was they battled," Sweitzer said. "I've got all the respect in the world for my kids."

Squalicum squeaked out wins in all three doubles matches. Kim Dorr and Sarah Byron beat Shelby Slaughter and Carly Bannerman in three sets. The second set went to a tiebreaker that Slaughter and Bannerman won. Slaughter and Bannerman had moved up from their regular spot at No. 2 doubles.

Trina Byers was Ferndale's lone winner. She topped Lucy Cornwell 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

"I can't say enough how tough she was," Sweitzer said.

Squalicum (7-5, 3-4 NWC) plays Sehome on Thursday, May 1, at Sehome. Ferndale (3-10, 1-6 NWC) faces Bellingham on Wednesday, May 7, at Bellingham.

SQUALICUM 6, FERNDALE 1

Singles: Ali Anders (Squal) def. Holley Clark (Ferndale) 6-2, 6-0; Trina Byers (Ferndale) def. Lucy Cornwell (Squal) 7-5, 6-4; Katrina Stefan (Squal) def. Gloriana Swanson (Fern) 6-2, 6-6 (8-6); Hope Jorgenson (Squal) def. Nikki Bernard (Fern) 6-0, 6-0;

Doubles: Kim Dorr/Sarah Byron (Squal) def. Shelby Slaughter/Carly Bannerman (Fern) 6-1, 6-6 (7-5), 6-3; Tirsa Randall-Grutter/Lindsey Belsher (Squal) def. Sofia Chahine/Cassidy Newman (Fern) 6-4, 6-3; Claire Jackson/Ali Hart (Squal) def. Meredith Fox/Hailey Schulz (Fern) 6-4, 6-4.

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