High School Sports

Red Raiders show doubles strength, top Lions

Bellingham’s girls’ tennis team showed why it consistently ranks among the top teams in the Northwest Conference on Wednesday, April 22, in its 7-0 Northwest Conference win over Lynden at Bellingham High School.

The Red Raiders’ top names got two-set wins across the board and the back half of the singles lineup showed some resilience against a Lynden team that gave them a run for their money.

“All of the singles were good matchups. They were closely contested — long rallies, tough points,” Bellingham coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview.

Facing the stiffest challenges were No. 3 singles player Olivia Bjorklund and No. 4 singles player Katie Kales, who both had to come from behind in a set to get the two-set win and the Red Raiders are “pretty happy with that,” Chronister said.

In what was a good sign for the Red Raiders’ depth, Anna Crowley and Marle Knowles at No. 3 doubles played one of their best matches of the year in a 6-2, 6-0 win over Emily Brown and Tara Gartner, Chronister added.

The other two doubles teams cruised to two-set wins as well, as Bellingham had one of their strongest doubles lineups out there with two of their best players — Ellie Iwersen and Mariah Miller — pairing up Wednesday.

“Sometimes we have Ellie and Mariah in doubles and sometimes we don’t so we were in a strong position doubles-wise,” Chronister said.

The Red Raiders face off against Ferndale on Friday, April 24, at home, while Lynden face another stiff opponent in Sehome on Friday.

Bellingham 7, Lynden 0

Singles: Oriana LoCicero (Bellingham) def. Bridget Johnson 6-2, 7-5; Ruby Parker (Bellingham) def. Abbi Speele 6-2, 6-1; Olivia Bjorklund (Bellingham) def. Emily Corbin 7-6 (2), 6-3; Katie Kales (Bellingham) def. Stephanie Johnston 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles: Ellie Iwersen/Mariah Miller (Bellingham) def. Alex Schulhauser/Kelsey Hewson 6-1, 6-0; Sophia Lawrence/Alice Hiebert (Bellingham) def. Morgan Braithwaite/Kellie Siebig 6-1, 6-0; Anna Crowley/Marle Knowles (Bellingham) def. Emily Brown/Tara Gartner 6-2, 6-0.