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Coupeville duo wins district doubles championship | Tennis
Aaron Curtin and Ben Etzell of Coupeville High School combined to win the 1A Northwest District 1 doubles tennis championship at South Whidbey High School Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Coupeville also closed out its regular season this week, losing 3-2 to visiting Archbishop Murphy Wednesday, Oct. 16, to finish the season 0-7.
Sebastian Davis placed second in the district singles competition and qualified along with Curtin and Etzell for the quad-district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.
Curtin and Etzell won the district semifinals match over South Whidbey's Campbell Albertson and Nathan Riley 6-0, 6-7(3-7), 6-1.
Coach Ken Stange said the pair gained "extra motivation" after dropping the second set and "started hitting harder but remained constant."
Curtin and Etzell rolled in the championship match, winning 6-1, 6-3 over South Whidbey's Jack Hood and Jonathan Peterson.
Stange said, "Ben and Aaron picked up where they left off in the first match. They hit balls faster than they ever had before, and this match represented the best tennis they've ever played as a team or as individuals."
He added, "They knew what they wanted, and they did what was necessary to make it so. I've had many players who have wanted to win, but I've never had players who wanted it as much as Ben and Aaron."
Davis dumped South Whidbey's Andy Zisette in the semifinals 6-2, 6-4.
Stange said, "Sebastian played consistent tennis, using his serve and baseline game to power him into the finals."
Davis fell in the finals to South Whidbey's Charley Stelling 6-0, 6-1.
In other district action, Dalton Martin defeated Friday Harbor's Bruce Yao 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, avenging a loss to Yao earlier this season.
Dalton then lost to Stelling 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.
In the match for fourth and fifth, Dalton fell to Meridian's Chris Pyles 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Stange said, "Dalton played a good tourney. Picking up a win at districts as a rookie doesn't happen every year."
Brian Norris and Kyle Bodamer lost in the doubles semifinals to Hood and Peterson 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Stange said they used "aggressive net play combined with a strong return game to take the first set."
Norris and Bodamer lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Friday Harbor in the match for fourth and fifth.
In the regular season finale against Archbishop Murphy, Stange split up his top two doubles teams so seniors Etzell and Norris could play together. The pair won second doubles 6-2, 6-1.
Davis took first singles 6-1, 6-1.
Martin lost second singles 6-0, 6-1; Curtin/Bodamer lost first doubles 6-3, 6-3; and Jason Knoll/Brandon Kelley lost third doubles 6-3, 4-6, 3-10.