Tennis: Friday Harbor edges Wolves in round one

Friday Harbor eked out a 3-2 win over the host Coupeville High School tennis team Monday, March 28, in a match where most of the individual scores were as close as the team score.

The win gives the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series between the two schools in the battle for the league title.

The schools meet again Saturday, April 16, in Coupeville at noon for the second match of the series.

Coupeville played short handed with the absence of No. 2 singles player Lexi Blanchette and No. 1 doubles player Amanda d'Almeida.

Coupeville coach Ken Stange said, "It was a heartbreaker for us...Despite missing two of our top players, we were competitive."

The Wolves picked up wins in No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Emily Burchfield, fighting sickness, battled to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-1 win in the top singles match.

Stange said, "When she showed up to play her match, it was apparent that she was basically running on vapors...I'm proud of how she was able to win on grit and determination."

Grayson Akins and Jamie Price delivered in No. 3 doubles with a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Rachael Parker fell in No. 2 singles 1-6, 0-6.

The heartbreak Stange was referring to came in the top two doubles matches: "A few points either way, and those matches could have been ours; such is the nature of tiebreakers in tennis."

In No. 1 doubles, Jessica Riddle and Brooke Monroe lost 6-4, 6-7(0-7), 5-7. That left the team score tied at 2, and the match came down to the No. 2 doubles contest where Haley Marx and Lexy Bennett were edged 0-6, 7-6(7-5), 3-7.

Stange said, "I was impressed with their effort. A few points here or there, and the outcome could have been totally different."

Coupeville (1-2) goes to Granite Falls Wednesday, March 30, at 3 p.m.

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