Wolf netters host tournament

Getting ready for next week’s league tournament at home, Coupeville hosted Friday Harbor on Monday. Once again the Wolf netters handled their only other NW A League opponents, taking all three varsity singles matches and both doubles matches.

At first singles Coupeville’s Nathaniel Mouw defeated Friday Harbor’s Frosh Dylan Gerhardstein 6-1,6-4. Though Mouw was in control most of the match their were many long, hard-contested rallies and many games with numerous deuce points.

At second singles Wolf Scott Harbour started slowly and quickly lost the first set 1-6 to Jake Byron. Harbour settled down in the second set and played a tough, patient game that earned him a 6-2 win and chance for a third set. In the third set both players held serve to a 6-all tie-break. In the tie, Byron jumped ahead 3-0, 4-1 and then 6-3, earning himself 3 match points. But Harbour never gave in and fought his way back to take the next 5 points and win the tie 8-6 to take the match 1-6,6-2,7-6(6).

Playing third singles for the first time this season, Adrian Kuschnereit easily defeated Friday Harbor’s Kooper Westhoven-Koch 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, the Friday Harbor team of Alex Altman and Drew Allen showed the most improvement and pushed the number one Coupeville team of Eric Taylor and Andrew Mouw to a third set. Mouw and Taylor won the first set 6-3 but fell behind in the second and could not overcome some solid play from their opponents. In the third set, however, the Wolf pair got back on track, breaking Altman’s serve to open the set and never looking back taking the match 6-3, 2-6 ,6-1. New Coupeville second doubles team of Trevor Mueller and James Smith rolled easily over Friday Harbor’s Liam Knight and Steven Morrisy 6-1, 6-0.

Coupeville played their last team match of the 2002 season on Wednesday, hosting the Blaine Borderites. Coupeville won the team match over their AA opponents 4-3 and took the three match team season series 2-1. Coupeville’s end-of-season record improved to 6-3, with three wins over Friday Harbor, a 2-1 record with Blaine and a 1-2 record vs. AA South Whidbey.

At first singles against Blaine, the Wolves’ Mouw played some wonderful points against a very strong player in Scott Bianchi. Mouw was unable, however, to string together enough good points to take key opportunities. Bianchi won 6-0,6-2.

At second singles Harbour played one of his best matches of the season in defeating C.J. Stauffer 7-5, 6-4. Harbour had lost to Stauffer earlier in the season and came out determined and steady.

At third singles, in what turned out to be the deciding team match, Coupeville’s James Smith just “wanted it more,” defeating Lucas Werdal in two sets decided by tie-breaks.

In the best match of the day, Wolves Eric Taylor and Andrew Mouw discovered some things about themselves as a team and about how to win at doubles. Losing the first set to a solid Blaine team of Grant Sanders and Peter Moskovitz 2-6, Taylor and Mouw got more first serves in and used a few accurately placed lobs to turn the tide; taking the next two sets 6-2, 6-2.

Coupeville hosts Friday Harbor Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m. for the two-team NW “A” League tournament, to determine two singles and two doubles entries for the A/B Quad-Districts at the UW Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle next May.

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