Tennis: Wolves wrap up another title
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
May 2, 2011 · Updated 12:06 PM
Both the weather and outcome were beautiful for the Coupeville tennis team Saturday, April 30, as the Wolves defeated host Friday Harbor 3-2 to snag their fourth consecutive league championship.
Coupeville's win gave it a 2-1 edge in the best-of-three series with Friday Harbor to determine the winner of its two-team league. The Wolverines won the first match March 28 and Coupeville took the second April 16; all three matches were 3-2.
The Wolves, according to coach Ken Stange, overcame several obstacles to win this year's title: a team of only 13 members, about half the normal turnout; poor weather; and a lack of a consistent lineup. Saturday, Coupeville jumped another hurdle when it faced Friday Harbor without its No. 1 doubles team.
All five matches Saturday were decided in straight sets, but Emily Burchfield's win in first singles was anything but easy.
Burchfield won 7-7(7-5), 6-4 over Rebecca Leff. Burchfield, who had already defeated Leff twice this year, trailed 1-4 in the second set before rebounding to grab the win.
Stange said Burchfield was "having some trouble finding her rhythm. He added, "Again, Emily impressed me with her never-say-die attitude. She never thinks she's out of the match, and she always puts forth maximum effort."
Coupeville's Lexi Blanchette won second singles 6-1, 3-0. Blanchette dominated the match from the beginning, according to Stange. The second set was called early because of time constraints.
The Wolves' other win came from Haley Marx and Lexy Bennett in third doubles 6-3, 6-0. With the team score tied at 2-2, the Coupeville pair "came through big time" according to Stange.
The No. 1 doubles team of Amanda d'Almeida and Jessica Riddle was absent, so Brooke Monroe and Hannah Christensen took over and fell 1-6, 1-6
Stange said, "This was a difficult match for us. Brooke and Hannah had never partnered up in a match before, and Hannah was making her varsity debut. The played well, staying competitive in points and games."
In second doubles, Grayson Akins and Jamie Price fell 3-6, 3-6.
Coupeville wraps up the regular season with nonleague matches at South Whidbey Monday, May 2, and at home with Granite Falls Tuesday, May 3, at 3 p.m.
District is Monday, May 9, at Friday Harbor at 11.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.