TONASKET – The Tonasket boys’ tennis team lost one match and won one match while the girls’ tennis team lost two matches last week.
On Thursday, March 26, both teams played against Liberty Bell. The boys and girls teams both lost 3-2.
For the boys, the two points came from Brett Hendrick, who won his match in two sets of 6-2 and 7-5, and Lee Leavell, who won his match in two sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Both doubles teams, Chris Martini with Russell Perry and Lucas Detillian with Anthony Verhasselt lost their matches.
“Leavell was a standout because he put together two really solid sets,” Linda Temby, head coach, said. “The boys’ doubles number two team came back in their second set and did remarkably well based on their experience.”
The two points for the girls’ team came from Melissa Martinez, who won her match in two sets both with scores of 6-4, and Cayla Monroe, who won both of her sets with scores of 6-0.
“Monroe is one of my freshmen I think is going to do really well,” Temby said.
The doubles team number one team, Natasha Vargas with Ashlyn Salzman, lost their match in two sets with scores of 6-0 and 6-3. The doubles number two team, Michelle Timmerman with Flor Maldonado, won their match with in two sets with scores of 6-0 and 6-2.
“I think they all competed really well in high wind conditions,” Temby said.
On Saturday, March 28, the boys’ team beat Omak 3-2 while the girls’ team lost to Omak 5-0.
“Hendrick defeated Tyler Hendrick and this match took so long that most of the other matches were done by the time they finished,” Temby said.
Hendrick won the first set 7-6, lost the second set 6-3 and won the tie breaker set 7-5. Leavell won his match in two sets of 6-4 and 6-0. Carl Bharucha also won his match in two sets of 6-2 and 6-3.
“I was very pleased with [Bharucha's] heart,” Temby said.
Martini and Perry lost as the number one doubles team in two sets of 6-0 and 6-2 and the number two doubles team, Verhasselt and Detillian lost their match in two sets of 7-5 and 6-2
Temby said the girls’ team was only able to field about three matches while the rest had to be forfeited because girls were gone for spring break. Martinez lost her match in two sets of 6-4 and 6-1. Monroe lost her match in three long sets. The first she won with a score of 6-2 but she lost the next two with scores of 6-4 and 6-1. The doubles team of Salzman and Maldonado lost to Omak’s number one doubles team in two sets of 6-0 and 6-0.
“I’m really pleased with how the number two boys doubles team, Verhasselt and Detillian, is coming along and how competitive the freshmen, Monroe, Timmerman and Maldonado, are being,” Temby said.
The next tennis match is on Saturday, April 4 away against Chelan at 11 a.m.
“Chelan graduated their number one players last year, so I think we’ll be really competitive,” Temby said. “I think my singles players will do really well and the doubles teams can play really competitive and it might come down to the wire on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. I’m looking forward to having the whole team back from spring break and fielding the whole team.”