Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
Coach Alberto Ramirez shook up the lineup for his MTHS girls tennis team match-up against Shorecrest on Wednesday, teaming up his two best singles players, sophomore Nicki Bouche and freshman Tina Liu, for the No. 1 doubles match against the Scots’ Keegan Monson and Lauren Rutter. The move brought a 7-5, 6-2 victory for Bouche and Liu, but the rest of the Hawks struggled in their matches. Shorecrest came away with the team victory, 6-1, over Terrace.
The match served as the regular season finale for the Hawks, who end the year 5-8 in Wesco league play, 6-10 overall, fourth place in the tough Wesco 3A South division. Shorecrest sits in third place with two matches to go, 9-2 in the league, 10-4 overall, as they chase Shorewood and Glacier Peak for the division championship.
Ramirez wanted to give Bouche and Liu some experience as doubles partners on Wednesday as the coach is expecting to team them up together for the postseason. Bouche and Liu have worked together as a doubles team only one other time this season.
With Bouche and Liu playing doubles on Wednesday, three of their Hawk teammates had to step up to tough singles’ competition. Sophomore Allison Lorraine took on Scot Meera Limaye in the No. 1 singles match, senior Nancy Nguyen filled in at the No. 2 singles slot, and senior McKayka Floe competed at No. 3 singles. All three found the going tough in the unfamiliar roles, each losing in two sets.
The three-day 3A South Division Tournament begins on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at Glacier Peak High School. Seeding for the tournament will take place on Monday, May 6.
MTHS girls tennis vs. Shorecrest, May 1
Shorecrest 6 – Mountlake Terrace 1
Singles: Meera Limaye (SC) d. Allison Lorraine 6-0, 6-0; Jenny Sui (SC) d. Nancy Nguyen 6-0, 6-1; Rosa Rice-Pelepka (SC) d. McKayka Floe 6-4, 6-3; Erica Pan (SC) d. Aysha Raza 6-1, 6-3
Doubles: Nicki Bouche/Tina Liu (MT) d. Keegan Monson/Lauren Rutter 7-5, 6-2; Kaetlynne Tagle/Karena Tien (SC) d. Madison Haney/Brittany Kinsella 6-3, 6-1; Lucy Sui/Hannah Winter (SC) d. Abby McDermott / Sukhaman Kaur 6-1, 6-0