Oak Harbor netters nudge Sehome
July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:00 PM
"Defeating Sehome in girls' tennis used to be an impossible feat for Oak Harbor. However, the mystique of beating Sehome has definitely ended for the Wildcats this spring.^Oak Harbor edged Sehome 4-3 Thursday in Bellingham in a battle of 4-A Western Conference powers. It was the second time this season Oak Harbor had defeated Sehome. Last month the Wildcats won in Oak Harbor 4-3.^Last year we played Sehome twice and they beat us both times 4-3 because the swing matches went their way. Both times this year the swing matches went our way, Oak Harbor coach Horace Mells said.^Oak Harbor pulled off the victory by winning the No. 1 doubles. Jenna Wehrell and Nicole Nolte rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Jennifer Giller and Janet Eiford. Wehrell and Nolte are undefeated this season.^I was worried when they lost the first set. They hadn't lost a set all year and I was concerned how they would bounce back, Mells said. I felt pretty good about their chances when they won the second set.^In the No. 1 singles, Oak Harbor's Stacie Pate and Sehome's Morgan Smith had another battle. Pate, undefeated this spring, won 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.^Stacie and Morgan always have tough contests. They usually go three sets, Mells said.^Oak Harbor's other victories came from No. 2 singles Theresa Black, who defeated Eryn Koch 6-4, 6-0; and No. 3 singles Charissa Brecht, who overwhelmed Shannon Ba-Aye 6-0, 6-0.^The victory boosted Oak Harbor's Northern Division-leading record to 9-1 while Sehome dropped to 7-2. Oak Harbor has four regular season matches left. If the Wildcats win all four they would play the Southern Division-leader, most likely Edmonds-Woodway, at Oak Harbor on May 8 for the league championship.^We still have some matches to be played. We can't look to far down the road because anything can happen, Mells said.^Edmonds-Woodway handed Oak Harbor it's only loss of the season.^Tuesday, the Wildcats posted a 6-1 victory over visiting Snohomish. Oak Harbor swept all the singles and the first two doubles.^"