Wolves clinch eighth straight title

In seven years as head coach of the Coupeville girls tennis team, Cliff Horr won an impressive seven consecutive Northwest A/B titles.

So, in his eighth and final year at the helm, Horr had his eyes on one more.

He reached that goal Tuesday afternoon, when the Wolves defeated Darrington 5-0, assuring an eighth straight title.

“That’s a nice way to finish it up,” Horr said.

The Wolves, who are now 4-0 in league and 7-3 overall won Tuesday’s match with ease.

Number one player Mindy Horr defeated Tessa Harris, 6-3, 6-2, to move her individual record to 8-0.

Number two player Taniel Lamb also remained undefeated, winning her match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 over Shawna Cooper to improve to 5-0.

As the season nears its end, Horr will move the top two singles players to number one doubles team where he feels they have a great chance to move on in the post-season.

“I think that will give us our best chance to advance players to districts and state,” he said.

A state tournament appearance would be a first ever for the Coupeville tennis team, who is forced to face an array of private schools from Seattle every year in the district tournament.

Others who won on Tuesday included Julie Mottet at number three singles, the number one doubles team of Kathryn Meyer and Heidi Lee, along with the number two team of Sharlie Blouin and Kaitlyn Torres.

Horr was without question pleased with his team’s performance and the eighth league championship, but admitted he might sacrifice some of the titles for a little more competition in the league as Coupeville is one of only three total class A or B teams north of Seattle that have tennis programs.

“I’d gladly trade a couple of those league championships to add a couple more teams to the league,” he said.

The Wolves’ match on Thursday with Darrington was rained out and will not be made up. CHS travels to Blaine for a tournament today, May 7 and to Lakewood on Monday. They have two more matches remaining after that before the league tournament, May 16 at Friday Harbor.

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