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Coupeville competes in double dual meet | Tennis

The Coupeville, South Whidbey and Friday Harbor tennis teams met in a revisited double-dual meet format Monday, Sept. 17, in Langley.

Coupeville and South Whidbey met in a traditional match with the Wolves winning 3-2.

Friday Harbor had only four players, so South Whidbey provided two singles players and two doubles teams and Coupeville two doubles teams to give each Wolverine player two matches. The Coupeville and South Whidbey players competed only once.

In the win over South Whidbey, Coupeville faced a different lineup than when it lost to the Falcons last week because several of the veteran SW players were paired up with Friday Harbor.

Coupeville picked up wins from Nathan Lamb (first singles, 6-7[2-7], 6-4, 6-4), Aaron Curtin (second singles, 7-6[8-6], 6-1) and Ben Etzell/Sebastian Davis (third doubles, 6-4, 6-1).

Coupeville coach Ken Stange was pleased with how Lamb bounced back from the gut-wrenching first-set loss. He added, "I was proud of the effort Nathan gave throughout the entire match. Nathan's performance and determination today were unforgettable."

Curtin stormed back from trailing 5-1 in the first set on his way to the win. Stange was impressed with Curtin's adjustments after he fell behind (players are not allowed to be coached during a set): "That was an impressive example of how Aaron is coming into his own as a thinking tennis player."

Etzell and Davis are both first-year players and have shown growth through hard work, Stange said. He added, "These guys have raw talent and athleticism and are now beginning to learn to play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

In first doubles, Ben Wehrman and Jason Knoll lost 0-6, 6-7(7-3); and in second doubles, Brian Norris and Brandon Kelley lost 4-6, 2-6.

Against Friday Harbor, both Coupeville doubles teams made their varsity debut. Cameron Boyd-Eck and Loren Nelson won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-8); and Zane Bundy and Conner McCormick lost 4-6, 4-6.

Coupeville hosts South Whidbey at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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