Sehome’s boys’ tennis team battled through a 6-1 Northwest Conference win over Lynden on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Sehome High School in the annual breast cancer awareness match.
“The atmosphere was exciting today for the guys — real happy and jovial,” Sehome coach Bonna Giller said in a phone interview.
The Mariners picked up a pair of commanding 6-1 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles from Max Schmotolokha and Reece Gilbert, while the Mariners’ Darren Ma fought hard against Carson Smith at No. 3 singles to win 7-5, 6-0.
No. 4 singles was the tightest match of the day, as the Lions’ Seth Weidenaar won the first 6-4, before Kevin Liu rallied back to win the second and third set. It was Liu’s first time playing in a singles match.
“Once again, you got to hand it to Sehome for not giving up,” Lynden coach Trey Ballard said in a phone interview. “They fought to the last point.”
Lynden picked up its only win at No. 1 doubles, when Dakota Davis and Ben Mulder defeated Aaron Goldfogel and William Zhang 6-0, 7-5.
“My No. 1 doubles team had a really, really good first set,” Ballard said. “They had a really clean set. But Sehome kind of woke up after that, took away some of the easy points they got in the first.”
For Sehome it was the sixth match in six school days with Sedro-Woolley looming on Thursday, Oct. 9, on the road.
“This was our sixth match in six school days, and we have another one tomorrow,” Giller said. “We were getting a little leg weary, and the extra fun today really helped the guys, and that part was fun. They really responded well.”
Lynden plays Anacortes on Monday, Oct. 13, at Anacortes.
SEHOME 6, LYNDEN 1
Singles: Max Shmotolokha (Seh) def. Dylan Meenk (Lyn) 6-1, 6-1; Reece Gilbert (Seh) def. Tore Olson 6-1, 6-1; Darren Ma (Seh) def. Carson Smith (Lyn) 7-5, 6-0; Kevin Liu (Seh) def. Seth Weidenaar (Lyn) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Doubles: Dakota Davis/Ben Mulder (Lyn) def. Aaron Goldfogel/William Zhang 6-0, 7-5; Henry Han/Dane Ferris (Seh) def. Jo Meppelink/Cameron Muljat (Lyn) 6-1, 6-0; Alex Harris/Kiefer Thomas (Seh) def. Austin Fulner/Ty Hoekstra (Lyn) 6-1, 6-2.