High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ TENNIS PREVIEW: Five to watch

Lauren Smith

Sehome, Sr.

Smith has established herself as one of the top girls’ tennis players in the Northwest Conference, if not the best. She placed second in state playing singles last spring, and there’s no doubt she’ll be aiming for a state championship this spring.

Saskia Dolk

Blaine, Sr.

Dolk will play No. 1 singles for Blaine this spring, and she’ll be relied on to help the Borderites add some wins. She is one of the team’s more experienced players, and coach John Freal believes she could be a strong postseason candidate.

Sarah Bryon

Squalicum, Sr.

Squalicum’s No. 1 singles player provides the Storm tremendous leadership and a talented athlete at the team’s top spot. She has the potential to make a postseason run and should help Squalicum improve on its record from last spring.

Ellie Iwersen

Bellingham, So.

As a freshman, Iwersen was one win away from qualifying for the state tournament. It will be interesting to see how her tennis game evolves from her first year to her second. While Sehome may again hog state spots, Iwersen could certainly push her way into the tournament.

Carly Bannerman

Ferndale, Sr.

Bannerman and her doubles partner Shelby Slaughter made a strong postseason run last year, and the duo could again be poised to make a postseason run. Bannerman should provide leadership, and with Slaughter, should help get a team point during head-to-head matches.

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