Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
Mountlake Terrace High School’s freshman/senior duo of Nicole Bouche and Gillian Braden-Armstrong won the Wesco/Sub-District 3A girls tennis doubles championship last week, and this week will compete in the 3A District meet Tuesday at Glacier Peak High School;
MTHS girls tennis coach Alberto Ramirez said there was a simple reason why he paired Bouche, who has been playing competitively for just two years, and Braden-Armstrong, who has been playing since age 7: “Because they are my two best players.”
The girls are confident after their Wesco/Sub-District win and are looking forward to their next challenge at districts. “We’re seeded No. 1, so the odds are in our favor,” Braden-Armstrong said.
The success of Braden-Armstrong and Bouche demonstrates the ever-improving girls tennis team at Mountlake Terrace. The squad finished the 2012 season with a record of 8-8 after going winless in 2011. Coach Ramirez attributes the improved record to stability in the program that hasn’t been there previously.
“Before I came there really wasn’t any continuity with the team,” Ramirez said, noting that coaches would stay for only a year or two at a time. Ramirez has coached the team for five seasons and is expected back next year.
But no one is thinking about next year yet; Coach Ramirez and his doubles team have their sights set on districts this week, with the goal of making the state tournament in Kennewick May 25-26. The top two doubles teams coming out of the district meet qualify for state.
Bouche and Broden-Armstrong play their first match at noon Tuesday, and the 3A tournament runs through Wednesday. Glacier Peak High School is located at 7401-144th Place SE in Snohomish.