Ferndale’s Maxwell Jeffery survived a grueling first day of the Wesco North Division Boys’ Tennis Tournament on Friday, Oct. 25, at Arlington High School, and is one win away from advancing to next week’s Class 3A Northwest District Tournament.
Jeffrey defeated Arlington’s Nick Mendro 6-1, 6-0 in a singles play-in match, before beating Marysville-Getchell’s Tristan Haffeler 6-4, 6-1. Jeffrey then ran into Stanwood’s Michael Wolf and battled through two tiebreakers before having to default with cramps.
“It was really tough for all our competitors to play three matches in a rush situation like that in one day,” Ferndale coach Rudy Vendiola said in a phone interview. “We had two guys really struggling in that third match, and Max was one of them. Up until that time, he was playing really strong. It (the match against Wolf) was a really good match — good hitting, probably the best match of the tournament.”
Jeffrey will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Skagit Valley College, needing just one win to advance to the district tournament.
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Jeffrey is the only Golden Eagle still alive.
Dylan Silves fell in his singles play-in match 6-1, 6-1 to Stanwood’s Henry Jennings.
In doubles, Colton Young and Tate Freeman lost their play-in match to Marysville-Pilchuck’s Trent Tingelstad and Andy Houlgan 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. Kevin Rietveld and Jacob Sorenson won their play-in match, beating Oak Harbor’s Kyle Martin and Jared Alano-Gray 6-2, 6-0, but lost to Arlington’s Connor Ghirardo and Jesse Vaughn 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 and Everett’s Steve Peterson and Michael Larson 7-5, 7-5 to see their season come to a close.
“I was proud of all our guys,” Vendiola said. “They all battled in every match.”