Granite Falls nips Wolves | Tennis
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
March 23, 2012 · Updated 9:57 AM
Granite Falls edged out the Coupeville tennis team 3-2 on the Wolves' courts Thursday, March 22.
Coupeville snared wins in the top singles and doubles matches, but the Tigers' depth proved to be the difference.
Coupeville's Emily Burchfield won No. 1 singles 6-2, 7-5.
Coach Ken Stange said Burchfield won "with heavy groundstrokes." He added, "Her effort was tremendous today. I'm impressed by her resilience on the court."
Amanda d'Almeida and Lexi Blanchette "played some excellent tennis," according to Stange, on the way to winning No. 1 doubles 7-6(7-5), 6-4.
The pair was down 0-4 and then ran off five straight games to force a tiebreaker, which they "controlled from the onset," Stange said.
Although Allie Hanigan lost 4-6, 3-6 in second singles, she "played well," Stange said. "Her game continues to develop, and she will continue to become more competitive."
In second doubles, Grayson Akins/Holly Craggs lost 0-6, 3-6; and in third doubles, Julia Myers/Emily Gallahar fell 0-6, 1-6.
The Wolves (0-2) journey to South Whidbey at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, for their next match.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.