High School Sports

Lions stumble after early success against Anacortes

Lynden’s Bridget Johnson came back from a close first-set loss to take a 6-7 (3), 6-2 (12-10) win for the girls’ tennis team’s only win against Anacortes on Tuesday, March 24, at Lynden YMCA. Lynden lost 6-1.

“I was really proud of Bridget for losing the first and she turned it around and came back,” Lynden coach Trey Ballard said in a phone interview. “It was insane because she fought off two match points to bring it back for us, and being the only winner, it was that much more, too. It was, of course, the last match, so everyone was gone and it was pretty cool to watch.”

Lynden looked like it would get a couple more wins early on. Kellie Fiebig took a 6-1 lead over Taylor Phillips in the first set, but Phillips came back to take a 6-4 win in the second set after a 4-all tie. She then cruised in the final set for a 6-0 win.

In doubles, Lynden’s Alex Schulhauser and Kelsey Hewson jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but suffered a 7-5 loss in the second set after a 5-all tie with Nicole McInerney and Hope Hurtado. The Anacortes duo then went on to stave off a loss with a 6-3 win in the deciding final set.

“You got to give credit to Anacortes, they got off the bus and decided not to play good tennis in the first set, but they really did respond,” Ballard said. “They adapted well and we didn’t finish strong.”

Lynden gets another chance when it hosts Bellingham at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Lynden YMCA.

Anacortes 6, Lynden 1

Singles: Taylor Phillips (A) def. Kellie Fiebig 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; Bridget Johnson (L) def. Jolie Jerkovich 6-7 (3), 6-2 (12-10); Maria Dale (A) def. Emily Corbin 6-4, 6-2; Lali Kushner (A) def. Emily Brown 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Nicole McInerney/Hope Hurtado (A) def. Alex Schulhauser/Kelsey Hewson 0-6, 7-5, 6-3; Emma Kieder/Natalie Wilson (A) def. Stephanie Johnston/Brooke Schiffman 6-3, 6-4; Sally Vanx/Avery Postera (A) def. Ketta Vandenbos/Mikaela Humphreys 6-3, 6-3.