Prep tennis: Young Hawks off to strong start

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Sophomore Jeremy Ansdell has been enjoying the early stretch of the 2014 season as the Hawks' No. 1 singles  player.
Sophomore Jeremy Ansdell has been enjoying the early stretch of the 2014 season as the Hawks’ No. 1 singles player.

For a young team not expected to put the heat on too many other squads this year, the Mountlake Terrace boys tennis team is as hot as the recent weather.

The Hawks have won three of their first four matches in the 2014 season, including a 4-3 victory over Arlington in a match played under the scorching sun at Mountlake Terrace High School on Monday.

Terrace picked up wins by Jeremy Ansdell and Adam Lorraine in singles’ competition and the teams of Collin Rhodes/Drake Day and Caleb Sill/Max Leidig in doubles’ matches in their matchup with the Eagles.

For Hawks head coach Alberto Ramirez, the early season success has been a welcome surprise considering the squad’s young line-up and relative low turnout of players for the program. There are not enough boys to put together a junior varsity team at this point of the season – although Ramirez hopes to field one soon – and the top two singles’ spots on the roster are being held down by sophomores.

Ansdell has been the Hawks’ No. 1 singles’ player during the first four matches and has a 3-1 record in those outings; Lorraine is undefeated as the team’s No. 2 singles’ player.

As strong as the team has appeared in early season competition, they have a chance to get even better with the expected addition of a foreign exchange student from Germany. Senior Henry Brenen will join the squad soon, possibly as early as the team’s next match on Thursday, Sept. 18, and is expected to challenge Ansdell and Lorraine for the top singles’ spots on the squad, Ramirez said.

The Hawks had already notched wins over Marysville-Getchell and Woodinville prior to the victory over Arlington on Monday, and will face a winless Shorecrest Scots team on Thursday at Kellogg Middle School in Shoreline.

By Doug Petrowski

To view the entire 2014 MTHS boys tennis schedule, click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=game_schedule&school=40&sport=17.

Sophomore Adam Lorraine is undefeated as the Hawks' No. 2 singles' player.
Sophomore Adam Lorraine is undefeated as the Hawks’ No. 2 singles’ player.

MTHS Boys Tennis versus Arlington, Sept. 15

Mountlake Terrace 4 – Arlington 3

Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (MTHS) defeated Connor Ghirardo (AHS) 7-6, 6-1; Adam Lorraine (MTHS) defeated Conner Guthrie (AHS) 6-2, 6-3; Coleman Davis (AHS) defeated Minchoel Jung (MTHS) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Jesse Vaughan (AHS) def. Ben McGraver (MTHS) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: Collin Rhodes / Drake Day (MTHS) defeated Cameron Reece / Rawley Davis (AHS) 6-1, 6-1; Iseiah Mitzelfeldt / Nick Mendio (AHS) defeated Ricky Bridges / Blake Christianson (MTHS) 6-2, 6-2; Caleb Sill / Max Leidig (MTHS) defeated Glen Gamboa / Gage Beker (AHS) 7-6, 1-6, 6-4

Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-1 in Wesco, 3-1 overall; Arlington 0-0, 0-4

MTHS next match: vs. Shorecrest, Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m. at Kellogg Middle School in Shoreline
MTHS Boys Tennis vs. Woodinville, Sept. 12

Mountlake Terrace 5 – Woodinville 2

Singles: Jeremy Ansdell (MTHS) defeated Jeremiah Michel (WHS) 6-4, 6-4; Adam Lorraine (MTHS) defeated Ethan Tsai (WHS) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; Ryan McCurry (WHS) defeated Jake Peters (MTHS) 6-2, 6-2; Duncan Long (WHS) defeated Minchoel Jung (MTHS) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles: Collin Rhodes / Drake Day (MTHS) defeated Drew Compton / Jonathan McCuishon (WHS) 7-5, 6-3; Ricky Bridges / Blake Christianson (MTHS) defeated Christian Brisbois / Sage Tanaka (WHS) 6-2, 7-5; Caleb Sill / Max Leidig (MTHS) defeated Brian Kim / Keyvan Khaki (WHS) 6-3, 6-4

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