Squalicum’s boys’ tennis team earned some key, close wins to take a 5-2 Northwest Conference win over Burlington-Edison on Monday, Oct. 6, at home.
At third doubles, George Ashley and Zac Gosda took two tiebreakers to defeat the Tigers’ Blake Browning and Blair Dykstra 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8).
Also in doubles action, Carter Nickelson and Liam Brownlie took a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win. Neal Crawford also had a standout performance in his 6-2, 6-1, No. 3 singles win.
“I was very impressed with Neal Crawford, he had good, tough match and played very well today,” Squalicum coach Joe O’Brien said in a phone interview. “And Carter and Liam, those guys are coming on strong. They’re playing real well at the net with a lot of good put aways. They’re both serving well, too, so that’s a good comination.”
Squalicum plays again on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at home against Sehome in a makeup match from earlier this season.
Squalicum 5, Burlington-Edison 2
Singles: Drew Segren (S) def. Kris Nilsen 6-1, 6-1; Colton Saben (B) def. Kevin Smiley 6-4, 6-2; Neal Crawford (S) def. Ryan Edson 6-2, 6-1; Jared Rapp (S) def. Kendall Perry 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: Max Cook/Dante Zimmerman (B) def. Cole Herdman/Luke Reinschmidt 6-2, 7-5; Carter Nickelson/Liam Brownlie (S) def. Jake Field/Drew Van Putten 6-0, 6-0; George Ashley/Zac Gosda (S) def. Blake Browning/Blair Dykstra 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8).