Bellingham’s boys’ tennis team battled with Squalicum but came out victorious in a 5-2 Northwest Conference win on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Bellingham High School.
The Red Raiders doubles team of Zach Nolan and Chris Nakatani had a great match, as the duo came out on top of Carter Nickelson and Liam Brownlie 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
“I thought Zach and Chris played a really good third set,” Bellingham (6-0, 5-0 NWC) coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview.
Squalicum’s Drew Segren topped Connor Thompson at No. 1 singles 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) and Geogre Ashley and Zac Gosda got the victory at No. 3 doubles for Squalicum.
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“We knew all the matches were going to be good matches,” Chronister said. “Even when the score didn’t show it, there were long rallies and good shots.”
Squalicum (3-1, 3-1 NWC) plays Burlington-Edison on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Burlington-Edison High School. Bellingham faces Sedro-Woolley on Friday, Sept. 26, on the road.
Bellingham 5, Squalicum 2
Singles: Drew Segren (Squalicum) def. Connor Thompson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5); Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) def. Kevin Smiley 6-2, 6-2; Austin Shenton (Bellingham) def. Neal Crawford 6-3, 6-2; Henry Ziels (Bellingham) def. Jared Rapp 7-5, 6-0.
Doubles: Nate Pearsall/Logan Schilder (Bellingham) def. Cole Herdman/Luke Reinschmidt 6-2, 6-4; Zach Nolan/Chris Nakatani (Bellingham) def. Carter Nickelson/Liam Brownlie 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; George Ashley/Zac Gosda (Squalicum) def. Lucas Irwin/Garrett Walker 6-1, 6-2.