Ferndale’s boys’ tennis team was unable to grind out a win in a grueling matchup with Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Burlington-Edison. The Tigers won 5-2 in the Northwest Conference match.
Ferndale got a key win at No. 1 singles when Maxwell Jeffrey was able to comeback from a 6-1 loss in the first set to defeat Kris Nilsen 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the final two sets.
“The best match was Maxwell Jeffrey, who had to grind it out,” Ferndale coach Rudy Vendiola said in a phone interview. “He came out aggressive in the tiebreak to win the match. It showed a lot of composure in the end after he dropped the first set. I was pleased with his growth as a player.”
Ferndale’s other win came at No. 2 doubles, with Kevin Rietveld and Jacob Sorenson taking a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
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Ferndale’s next match is the Class 3A Northwest District match on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Jackson High School.
Burlington-Edison 5, Ferndale 2
Singles: Maxwell Jeffrey (F) def. Kris Nilsen 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Colton Saben (B) def. Lake Sullivan 7-5, 6-3; Ryan Edison (B) def. Dylan Silves 6-4, 6-1; Kendall Perry (B) def. Curtis Matson 7-6(7-4), 6-1.
Doubles: Max Cook/Dante Zimmerman (B) def. Tate Freeman/Colton Young 6-0, 6-1; Kevin Rietveld/Jacob Sorenson (F) def. Drew VanPutten/Jake Fields 6-2, 6-3; Blake Browning/Blair Dykstra (B) def. Joshua Usery/Colby Sullivan 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.