High School Sports

Red Raiders win battle on the court with Storm

Orianna LoCicero won a close, three-set match to lead the Bellingham girls’ tennis team to a 6-1 team win over Squalicum on Monday, May 4, at Squalicum.

LoCicero dropped the first set 7-5 to the Storm’s Sarah Byron, but came back to win the second set 6-2. The third set was close again, with LoCicero coming out on top 7-5.

“It was a great match to watch, back and forth all the way,” Squalicum coach Joe O’Brien said in a phone interview. “We had a lead going into the third set, but they had some good points.”

Squalicum’s win came from the undefeated duo of Kim and Rachel Dorr. They rallied back from a 6-3 loss in the first set with consecutive 6-3 wins of their own.

“I was very pleased with everyone’s effort, especially Kim and Rachel Dorr,” O’Brien said. “They had a great match, I’m very pleased with how they’re playing.”

Squalicum has a make-up match at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at home against Anacortes. Bellingham is done for the regular season.

Bellingham 6, Squalicum 1

Singles: Orianna LoCicero (B) def. Sarah Byron 5-7, 6-2, 7-5; Ruby Parker (B) def. Hope Jorgenson 6-4, 6-3; Olivia Bjorklund (B) def. Katrina Steffan 6-1, 6-2; Katie Carols (B) def. Susan Laitsch 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles: Kim Dorr/Rachel Dorr (S) def. Mariah Miller/Ellie Iwersen 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Alice Hiebert/Sophia Lawrence (B) def. Alli Hart/Lucy Cornwell 6-0, 6-0; Anna Crowley/Marle Knowles (B) def. Thu Ton/Stefanie Limbach 6-0, 6-2.