Bellingham’s boys’ tennis team swept the doubles play and earned a 6-1 win over Lynden on Monday, Sept. 15, at Bellingham High School.
The Red Raiders’ first doubles team of Nate Pearsall and Logan Schilder had to come from behind in both of their sets, but they were able to pull off the 6-3, 7-5 victory over the Lions’ Dakota Davis and Ben Mulder.
“Those were two good teams and the match swung back and forth a bit, but we came out on top,” Bellingham coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview. “I’d say they were serving pretty well if you have to pick one thing that made the difference, but they do a lot of little things right. All of our doubles teams did a nice job today.”
Zach Nolan and Chris Nakatani took a big 6-1, 6-0 win over Lynden’s Jo Meppelink and Zach Roetcisoender in the second doubles. Lucas Irwin and Garrett Walker completed the doubles sweep for Bellingham with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Quinn VandeHoef and James Mitchell.
Lynden’s win came in fourth singles when Carson Smith beat Andrew Suter 6-2, 6-3.
“Four singles is one where its long points and Carson won the majority of the games,” Chronister said. “Andrew is a first-year player and he did a great job, though.”
In other singles action, Connor Thompson beat Dylan Meenk, Austin Shenton topped Tore Olson, and Henry Ziels won against Cameron Muljat.
Chronister has been impressed with his team’s resolve so far this season.
“We fight. We’ve done well when we’ve been behind in matches,” he said. “Logan and Nate were behind in both sets and battled back, and we’ve done that each match. This weekend against Shorewood and Shorecrest, too. We battle the way you want your team to battle. We just need to keep doing more good things and we’ll keep getting better.”
Bellingham plays next at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at home against Anacortes. Lynden plays Burlington-Edison at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at home.
Bellingham 6, Lynden 1
Singles: Connor Thompson (B) def. Dylan Meenk 6-2, 6-1; Austin Shenton (B) def. Tore Olson 6-1, 6-0; Henry Ziels (B) def. Cameron Muljat 6-1, 6-1; Carson Smith (L) def. Andrew Suter 6-2, 6-3
Doubles: Nate Pearsall/Logan Schilder (B) def. Dakota Davis/Ben Mulder 6-3, 7-5; Zach Nolan/Chris Nakatani (B) def. Jo Meppelink/Zach Roetcisoender 6-1, 6-0; Lucas Irwin/Garrett Walker (B) def. Quinn VandeHoef/James Mitchell 6-2, 6-1.