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Oak Harbor keeps swinging away
Facing the top three Western Conference North teams in one week resulted in three Oak Harbor tennis losses, but coach Horace Mells is still encouraged.
Were doing pretty well, he said. Everyone just keeps improving.
The Wildcats, who had won five straight coming into this week, dropped a match 5-2 to Stanwood on Monday, another 5-2 to Cascade on Tuesday and one more 5-1 to Snohomish on Thursday.
All three of those teams were expected to vie for the league title. Oak Harbors hope at the beginning of the spring was to knock one of them off their pedestal.
Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish in the top three, which we wont be able to do now, Mells said. But were in fourth and were hoping we can hang onto that.
In this weeks matches, the Wildcats were led by number two singles player Amy Berg. The senior gathered two more victories on Monday and Tuesday, bumping her season record to 8-1.
Shes doing really well right now, Mells said. Her only loss of the season was in a match where we had to bump her up.
Berg, who didnt compete on Thursday, won Mondays match 6-2, 6-3 and Tuesdays 6-1, 6-3.
Number one player, senior Pristine Santos, has also picked up her game of late. Shes 4-5 on the season, but has won four of her last six matches. One of those came on Thursday in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Snohomishs number one player Jill Trumbull.
If she keeps playing the way she is right now, shes going to do real well in the post season, Mells said.
Others picking up victories this week included number three singles player junior Christine Connelly and number four singles player, senior Abigail Pruss.
Oak Harbor didnt earn any doubles victories during the week and Mells knows thats an area the team will need to continue to work on in order to hang on to the number four spot.
Were doing a lot of doubles drills and a lot of work at the net, he said. We need somebody to come through in doubles.
The Wildcats will return to action at 3:45 p.m., Monday, April 24.