The young Lynnwood boys’ tennis team was no match for the senior-heavy Mountlake Terrace Hawks Wednesday as Terrace swept their way to a 7-0 victory over the Royals in a 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference match-up at Lynnwood High School.
With the win, the Hawks raised their team record to 4-0 as they look forward to a showdown with another undefeated squad, the Shorewood T-Birds, Thursday at Mountlake Terrace High School.
MTHS Coach Alberto Ramirez this season leads a squad that knows it way around a tennis court well. “The key is experience,” he said. “I have nine seniors this year. Some of them started playing tennis even before high school.”
But it takes more than just experience to win matches on the court, Ramirez stressed. “I’m fortunate that all these kids are good athletes, they learn quick and they are good athletes,” he added.
For Lynnwood Coach Bill Moliter, experience is exactly what he hopes this season’s Royals’ team will gain after a big turnover from last year’s team. “We’re rebuilding,” Moliter noted.”We lost 10 seniors from last year’s team and a junior that graduated early.”
“We’re just trying to start from ground zero and build up and get better with each match,” he stated.
Lynnwood will get plenty of opportunities to gain some experience over the next week as the Royals take on Edmonds-Woodway on Thursday, then has four matches scheduled for next week starting on Monday, Sept. 19, at Woodinville.
Prep Boys Tennis: Mountlake Terrace at Lynnwood, Sept. 14
Mountlake Terrace 7 – Lynnwood 0
Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Alex Mellen (Lynnwood) 6-1, 6-2; Adam Lorraine (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Takara Truong (Lynnwood) 6-0, 6-0; Jake Peters (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Barnaby French (Lynnwood) 6-4, 6-3; Max Leidig (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Evan Wu (Lynnwood) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Doubles: Drake Day / Travis Swanson (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Nic Crouse / Ryan Kabashigawa (Lynnwood) 6-2, 6-1; Max Knibble / Alec Ung (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Matthew Mansfield / Long Nguyen (Lynnwood) 6-1, 6-3; Owen Jones / Morgan Subert (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Andrew Hong / Minh Le (Lynnwood) 6-4, 6-0
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 4-0 overall; Lynnwood 0-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 0-4 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Shorewood, Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
Lynnwood next match: versus Edmonds-Woodway, Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski