It was worth the wait. After two rainouts to start the season, the Coupeville tennis team finally hit the courts and defeated host Friday Harbor 5-0 Friday, March 15.
In his typical humor, coach Ken Stange said, “We played...we won...it rained...we bought food...we ate cheesecake on the float home.”
Rain was a culprit again, but not until the varsity matches were completed. The JV contests were halted in mid-match.
Stange said the second singles and top two Coupeville doubles team got off to slow starts but picked up their play in the second set.
In first singles, Amanda d'Almeida had no problems from start to finish, dumping Maddy Marinkovich 6-0, 6-0.
Allie Hanigan stopped Roxanne Bormann 7-5, 6-0 in second singles.
The doubles teams also won in straights sets starting with a 6-4, 6-2 win by Holly Craggs and Iris Ryckaert in first doubles.
Emily Gallahar and Breanna Koym took second doubles 6-4, 6-2, while Ivy Luvera and McKenzie Bailey won third doubles 6-2, 6-2.
When the JV doubles matches were stopped by rain, Jacki Ginnings and Micky Levine led 4-3, Mary Massengale and Samantha Martin were tied 4-4 and Miranda Engle and Emily Gallahar led 4-2.
Stange said the season is now going into “high gear.”
The Wolves host Lakewood at 3:30 Monday, March 18, and Archbishop Murphy Tuesday, before going to South Whidbey Wednesday.
Stange said, “It will get more difficult. I anticipate the other schools will be tough opponents.”