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Arlington boys tennis falls to Stanwood in close match


Sarah Lane

Arlington Tennis Player Sean McCauley warms up before his match against Oak Harbor High School on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Arlington boys tennis lost by one point at their Wednesday home match against Stanwood High School.

Both schools won two of the four singles matches, but Stanwood's doubles teams took the winning point, with two of three doubles teams winning.

The first singles match between Stanwood's Nathaniel Haskin and Arlington's Connor Guthrie was the deciding match in the overall outcome: The match went to a tie break, which Guthrie lost 7-4. Head coach Ben Mendro said, "We played hard, it was disappointing to lose. We really felt we could have won."

The winning Arlington matches were second singles team member Nicholas Mendro, fourth singles team member Isaiah Mitzelfeldt, and first doubles team members Wren Pullig and Kenny Knutson.

Overall, Coach Mendro was happy with how the players played. "Overall, I was pleased. I really didn't know if we'd win or lose. It really could have gone either way."

After Arlington's match on Wednesday, their season record was 0-5. However, they stepped up one day later at their Thursday match, which gave them their first win of the season, a 4-3 victory over Oak Harbor, putting them at 1-5.

Sarah Lane

Arlington Tennis first singles player Connor Guthrie warms up before his match against Oak Harbor's Nathaniel Haskin.

Coach Mendro thought they played "really well" and the "guys who needed to win, won." Nicholas Mendro was the only winning singles player, while Arlington's doubles teams all took wins. The Arlington winning doubles teams consist of Kenny Knutson and Wren Pullig, Sean McCauley and Will Eckley, Johnathon Leon-Guerrero and Dean Shepherd, and Edward Radion and Conner Fochesato.

Mendro believs this win was much needed mentally for Arlington, after going five matches without a win. He said, "I think it was a huge mental victory to get that win. I think that the knowledge that we can win is going to be really big for these guy's confidence."

Arlington's next opponent is Marysville-Pilchuck, who have also struggled to secure a win and are at 0-5. Mendro believes his team will win, and sets his goal on winning in a shut out.


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