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Wolves dominate league tennis

Coupeville and Friday Harbor competed Oct. 23 for two spots in singles and two in doubles at the Quad-district tournament in Seattle in May of 2003.

The Wolves hosted the two-team Northwest AA League Tournament. Friday Harbor is the only other A team that plays tennis in the district.

For the first time in recent memory Coupeville swept the fog-delayed tournament taking first and second singles and doubles. In singles the Wolves’ number two player, senior Scott Harbour, faced Friday Harbor’s best player, frosh Dylan Gerhardstein, in the first match of the day. The match lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. Harbour had three set points at 5-4 in the first set before dropping it 7-1 in a tie-break. Perhaps realizing his four years of tennis at Coupeville were about to end, Harbour dug very deep and came back to win the next two very long sets at 4 and 3 to take the match and set up an all-Coupeville final with Nathaniel Mouw.

Mouw had cruised through his first round match over Friday Harbor’s number two, Jake Byron, winning by default at 6-1, 3-1, when Byron had to withdraw due to illness. Mouw had a lot more left in the tank for the final with Harbour and won easily 6-3, 6-1. Mouw and Harbour will represent District 1 at the quad-districts in Seattle in May. Gerhardstein finished third and Byron fourth.

In the doubles tournament a very similar scene was played out - eventually. In the first doubles match of the day the Wolves’ second team, senior Adrian Kuschnereit and junior Bryan Harada, faced Friday Harbor’s first team of senior Alex Altman and junior Drew Allen. The Wolves had plenty of chances to take the first set but tightened up and let it slip away, losing 5-7.

In a close second set Altman and Allen actually were up 40-15 at 5-4 and at 6-5, but tightened up a bit themselves squandering a total of 5 match points before the Coupeville duo forced a tie-break at 6 all. In the tie Kuschnereit and Harada found their stride, not only winning the tie 7-2, but going on a remarkable roll to take the third set from the demoralized Wolverines 6-0. Again an all-Coupeville final was set up with Kuschnereit/Harada facing teammates Eric Taylor and Andrew Mouw who had won their semi-final easily, 6-0, 6-1 over the opposition’s Kooper Westhoven-Koch and Jesse Kjolso.

In the final Coupeville’s number two team continued their remarkable play and rolled over their number one teammates 6-2 in the first set and were up 3-0 in the second before Taylor and Mouw settled down and played themselves back into the match. As the fog started to roll in Taylor and Mouw won the second set in a tie-break at 7-4, but the match could not be completed due to damp and dark conditions.

Because of weather complications the final set was completed on Monday, Oct. 28, with Taylor and Mouw asserting themselves at 6-1, to take the championship 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1. Altman/Allen finished third, defeating Westhoven-Koch/Kjolso 6-1, 6-1.

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