T-Birds down No. 2 Spokane
By Keiona Trimmer - Staff Reporter
The Highline tennis team split their matches against Bellevue and Spokane last week.
In their 4-5 loss to Bellevue, No. 1 singles player Megan Hagerty set the tone by earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory. No. 4 singles player Celeste Andreotti also battled hard in a 7-5, 3-6, 10-8 loss.
"Our match-up against Bellevue was a tough loss for us, but there was a bright side," said Coach Laura Rosa. "Since our last match up against them we put a lot of focus and energy into doubles and the result was that we swept all three doubles points."
In their first doubles match, Hagerty and Andreotti worked hard for a 8-5 win. McKenzie Hawkins and Sierra Silvia had an 8-6 victory in the second doubles match. In their last doubles win against Bellevue, Mary Ahmed and Samantha McElwain ended the match with a score of 8-3.
"Now, we just need to keep that momentum and find a way to get a couple more singles wins, which I am confident that we can do by the championships," said Coach Rosa.
The team faced Spokane the day after battling against Bellevue. The women had an easy 9-0 win over the Bigfoot tennis team.
"Spokane was a terrific match for us. They have some solid players but we just took care of business," said Coach Rosa. "It was our last home match of the season and we had a huge crowd which could have been distracting, but instead was just motivation for the players."
Megan Hagerty, No. 1 singles player, came out with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Sierra Silva continued the positive tone by winning her No. 2 singles match 6-4, 7-5.
In their second doubles match, McKenzie Hawkins and Silva came out with an 8-2 win. Mary Ahmed and McElwain fished off the double matchups, winning 8-1.
"Some highlights mid-season are the play of our No. 3 doubles team, Mary Ahmed and Samantha McElwain, who just seem to get better and stronger every day," said Coach Rosa. "Also Celeste Andreotti, our only lefty, who plays No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles for us, has been solid all year. She seems to wear down her opponents and find a way to win, even in really tight matches."
Right now, the team is 5-2 in standings. They will be going to Skagit Valley, who are 0-5, on April 22 at 10 a.m.