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Megan Monroe concentrates on the ball while doubles partner Hannah Merrell waits for a possible return. The No. 1 team was 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4 winners against Friday Harbor. - Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times
Megan Monroe concentrates on the ball while doubles partner Hannah Merrell waits for a possible return. The No. 1 team was 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4 winners against Friday Harbor.
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Coupeville beats Friday Harbor for third time

Success has been a long time coming for the Coupeville High School tennis team.

During the past few seasons the Wolves have taken their lumps from other teams in the league, but in 2008 it’s payback time.

In Thursday’s match against Friday Harbor Coupeville dumped the Wolverines for third straight time this season, 4-1.

“Friday Harbor has been kind of a thorn in our sides for the past couple of seasons, now it’s our turn,” coach Ken Stange said.

Spring break resulted in both teams having to shuffle their lineups due to players being gone, and Lexi Hemphill, normally one of the Wolf Pack’s doubles players, was pressed into service playing in the No. 2 singles match.

Stange said Hemphill played tennis for Coupeville as a freshman, but spent last season in Brazil.

“She is really athletic and I knew she was going to raise to the level of her other teammates once she rejoined the team,” Stange said.

Hemphill had a great match and defeated Friday Harbor’s Katie Hall in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

“This is the first time I’ve played singles and it’s a little harder,” Hemphill said. “In practice, I got to play our No. 1 singles to warm up. That was good.”

The No. 2 doubles team of Laura Millhouse and Jessica Blanchette has also been playing very well this season.

“They are undefeated at 5-0 so far this season and are 42-3 in games,” Stange said.

Thursday was no exception, and the duo beat the Wolverine team of Charlotte Nygard and Anna Gunnerson 6-0, 6-1.

“I was a little nervous out there,” Millhouse said.

“We are both really excited about winning,” Blanchette added.

The third doubles team of Kelly Snoden and Marie Hesselgrave beat Genevive Iverson and Tori Riggins, and the Wolves’ No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Merrell and Megan Monroe went three sets before knocking off Amanda Root and Jenny Dunn 6-4, 6-7 (7-5) and 6-4.

“It’s been a good year so far for us,” Stange said. “What we have to do is stay hungry and keep winning. We’ve taken our fair share of abuse at the hands of the other teams for the past few years and we are finally reaping the benefits of getting beat up.”

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