High School Sports

Red Raiders open season with sweep of South Whidbey

Bellingham’s girls’ tennis team held off South Whidbey in a pair of close matches to take a 7-0 win to open the season Monday, March 16, at home.

Katie Kales at No. 4 singles suffered a 6-4 loss in the first set, but came back to win the second set 6-1 and took the super tiebreaker 10-7 for the Red Raiders.

Mariah Miller and Ellie Iwersen were the other Bellingham players to have their hands full with the Falcons. After an easy 6-2 win in the first set, the duo had to work to hold on for a 7-6 (1) win in the final set.

“We did a lot of good things, and we did some things we need to fix,” Bellingham coach Steve Chronister said in a phone inteview. “That’s what first matches are all about. I was proud of Katie in the fourth singles coming through in her close one, and Ellie and Mariah were behind in the first set and had a nice comeback.”

Bellingham has another match at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at home.

Bellingham 7, South Whidbey 0

Singles: Oriana LoCicero (Bellingham) def. Macey Bishop 6-0, 6-1; Ruby Parker (Bellingham) def. Kendra Warwick 6-1, 6-3; Olivia Bjorklund (Bellingham) def. Jen Le Roy 6-0, 6-1; Katie Kales (Bellingham) def. Anna Lynch 4-6, 6-1 (10-7).

Doubles: Mariah Miller/Ellie Iwersen (Bellingham) def. Isla Dubendorf/Bayley Gochanour 6-2, 7-6 (1); Sophia Lawrence/Alice Hiebert (Bellingham) def. Iona Rohan/Clara Martin 6-0, 6-0; Anna Crowley/Marle Knowles (Bellingham) def. Carmen Warwick/Taylor Hamilton 6-3, 6-0.