Sehome’s boys’ tennis team lost its opening matchup with Shorewood at the Sehome Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sehome High School, but it bounced back with a big 6-1 win over Shorecrest in the second matchup.
The Shorewood matchup was highlighted by Brady Anderson’s dominating 6-0, 6-1 win for Sehome. Anderson also won in convincing fashion against Shorecrest, 6-0, 6-0.
Max Shmotolokha took a tough opening loss to Shorewood’s Cameron McDowell 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, but bounced back with a big 6-0, 6-0 win over Shorecrest’s Nick North.
“We played a little better in the second match, and Shorecrest wasn’t quite as good as Shorewood,” Sehome coach Bonna Giller said in a phone interview. “Shorewood is a 3A school and they’re a really good team. We lost, but gave away a few matches we shouldn’t have. Having said that, this early it was good for us to play a quality team and they did a good job exploiting our weaknesses and things we need to work on.”
Giller experimented with different doubles teams combinations, and was particularly impressed with the teams of Kevin Liu and Jack Humphreys, and Aaron Goldfogel and William Zhang.
“They looked really solid, so they will definitely get a lot more play time this week,” Giller said.
The way the Mariners responded to losing to Shorewood also impressed Giller.
“Shorecrest is in our 2A district, so we’ll see them in the postseason and we played better in the second match,” Giller said. “The kids were kind of like, ‘We need to step up our game.’”
Sehome will look for another win at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at home against Burlington-Edison.
Shorewood 5, Sehome 2
Sehome 6, Shorecrest 1