High School Sports

Lynden Lions boys’ tennis preview

Coach: Trey Ballard

Last year: Finished 5-9 overall (fifth in Northwest Conference). ... Sent the doubles pairing of Ben Mulder and Dakota Davis to the 2A bi-district tournament and saw the pair defeat Bellingham’s Nick Nolan and Connor Thompson in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals. ... Didn’t have any representatives in singles advance past the district tournament.

Players to watch: Ben Mulder (Sr.); Dakota Davis (Sr.); Dylan Meenk (Sr.); Tore Olson (Jr.); Cameron Muljat (Jr.).

Outlook: The top part of Lynden’s singles rotation and doubles pairings are solid. Very solid. Davis and Mulder return as the No. 1 doubles tandem for Ballard, who’s very excited for their progression coming off a season, in which the two made a good run at the 2A bi-district tournament. “They are best friends, and on the court sometimes it looks like they are brothers when they are yelling at each other. It makes them focus on the match,” Ballard said in a phone interview. “What makes those two so good is their hand-eye coordination is exceptional.” Meenk is the top singles player, and he’s bringing a varied style of slices and finesse play to the position. “He’s working on a lot of junk,” Ballard said. “He wanted to try that, and he took it to his own level.” Backing up the top players isn’t the greatest depth, but Olson and Muljat will be singles players Ballard relies on to win a few matches here and there. From there, he’s still waiting on matches later in the season to define the rest of his rotation. “We’re not the deepest team in the world, but we’re going to have some fun,” he said.