While Monday’s match between the Mountlake Terrace Hawks and the Meadowdale Mavericks marked the beginning of the final week of the prep boys tennis regular season, Terrace Coach Alberto Ramirez put together his lineup of players with one eye looking forward to the postseason.
The Hawks defeated the Mavs 5-2 in the Wesco League South Conference match-up played Monday at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Ramirez jumbled up his regular lineup for Monday’s clash, assigning his usual no. 2 singles player senior Adam Lorraine to play in the no. 1 doubles match with new partner Max Leidig. The pairing paid off as Lorraine and Leidig defeated Meadowdale’s Kristoph Ty and Djelli Berisha 6-1, 6-2.
Ramirez said that Lorraine and Leidig would pair up again for the Tuesday, Oct. 11 regular season finale for Terrace against the Shorecrest Scots and then play as a doubles team in the upcoming District 1 2A District Tournament beginning on Friday, Oct. 14.
Monday’s win was the first time Lorraine and Leidig teamed up for competition.
The two Hawks don’t have much time to meld as a doubles team before they face postseason action. And while this year Terrace will compete in the 2A district tourney after years at the 3A level, the Hawks aren’t taking the smaller-school teams lightly.
“We expect the competition to be good, as good as it is in 3A,” said Leidig of the upcoming 2A district meet.
Lorraine is especially looking forward to this postseason play and an opportunity to qualify for the WIAA State 2A Tennis Tournament. Last year, Lorraine and his then-doubles partner Jakob Peters missed out on qualifying for state by losing in their final district tourney match, something that has haunted Lorraine since then.
“I think about it all the time, especially during tennis season,” Lorraine said. “I think, man, I could have gone to state as a junior.”
This year, the two singles players and the top two doubles pairs will earn slots at the 2A state tournament to be held next spring.
Mountlake Terrace’s Jeremy Ansdell is also looking forward to this weekend’s start of district play, but the senior isn’t looking past his final match of the regular season on Tuesday. With a win against Shorecrest’s no. 1 singles player, Ansdell would complete an undefeated run for the 2016 regular season.
“I’m trying not to put too much stress or pressure on it, but it’s in the back of my mind,” Ansdell said on Monday. “I really want to win.”
Following Tuesday’s match, Ansdell will put his sights on another strong effort in the postseason. The senior has qualified for the state tournament twice – last season as a singles player and as part of a doubles team when he was a sophomore.
“I want to make it back to state; that’s the plan,” Ansdell said.
Prep Boys Tennis: Meadowdale at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 10
Mountlake Terrace 5 – Meadowdale 2
Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (Mountlake Terrace) defeated David Kim (Meadowdale) 6-0, 6-3; Ben Fahey (Meadowdale) defeated Trevor Swanson 6-1, 7-5 (Mountlake Terrace); Drake Day (Mountlake Terrace) defeated William Kim (Meadowdale) 6-0, 6-2; Max Knibbe (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Daniel Tameishu (Meadowdale) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles: Adam Lorraine / Max Leidig (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Kristoph Ty / Djelli Berisha (Meadowdale) 6-1, 6-2; Alec Ung / Mark Primavera (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Justin Sittauer / Terrence Man (Meadowdale) 6-1, 7-5; Simon Meyers / Marco Vocavic (Meadowdale) defeated Morgan Subert / Owen Jones (Mountlake Terrace) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Records: Mountlake Terrace 6-3 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 10-3 overall; Meadowdale 1-7 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 3-11 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Shorecrest, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
Meadowdale next match: versus Edmonds-Woodway, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. at Meadowdale High School
–Story and photos by Doug Petrowski