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Cougars battle for victory over Tigers


Andrew Hines

Nicole Miller sprints across the court to return the ball for the Cougars at Lakewood High School on May 2.

The Lakewood girls tennis team matched up with the Granite Falls Tigers for their last competition of the regular season on May 2.

The Cougars and the Tigers faced each other earlier in the season but had their match postponed due to weather.

Lakewood got off to a strong start as they won the first three singles matchups and needed one last win in order to secure the victory. Granite Falls closed out the final singles match with a win and forced the result to come down to the doubles teams. The Tigers controlled the first two doubles matches and tied up the overall score to 3-3 heading into the final doubles match.

The final doubles teams battled back and forth and were forced to head into a tiebreaker set to decide the overall score. In the end, the Cougars pulled out the tiebreaker and earned the 4-3 victory over the Tigers.

"We hadn't had a home match in 10 years because we didn't have a facility to play at. We have nine seniors on the roster, so this is one of those years where we are celebrating the courts and the players in the senior class that have stuck with the program. Now that we have the courts we should be able to build on our program for years to come," said Lakewood Head Coach Bob Walker.

Andrew Hines

Abbey Dammon finds the serve and sends it back over the net for the Cougars at Lakewood High School on May 2.

The three singles victories were earned by Jillian Desmond, Faith Dahl and Emily Senyitko. Desmond, number one singles, closed out her match in commanding fashion as won the first set 6-2 and the final set 6-1. Dahl had a tougher match as she dropped the first set 2-6, won the second set 6-2 and then battled through the tie breaker with a score of 7-5. Senyitko won her first set 6-1 and then earned the victory by forfeit after her opponent wasn't able to play after the postponement.

The doubles victory that finalized the victory for the Cougars came at the hands of Julia Williams and Kylie Larreau. They won the first set in a 7-5 tiebreaker, lost the second set 5-7 and then secured the Lakewood win with a 6-3 final set.

If you want to support some of the Lakewood tennis players they will be competing in the Sub-District Tournament at Blaine High School on May 9, at 4:30 p.m.


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