South Whidbey celebrated its District 1 boys tennis team title Wednesday.
The senior-laden Falcons dominated at their home court. South Whidbey may claim first and second place in singles and doubles (another singles match will determine the singles outcome). Just a year removed from early elimination at the District 1 boys tennis tournament, South Whidbey will send its entire playoff roster of six players to the 1A quad-district tournament at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle next week.
“All of our players have the potential to do well at the quad-district tournament next Wednesday,” said Falcon head coach Karyle Kramer. “The competition will be tough, but our doubles and singles players have been known to rise to the occasion.”
The Falcons’ only real challenge was the Falcons. Both first-place matches were decided between teammates, with Guy Sparkman defeating Jack Hood in singles, and Taylor Simmons and Jonathon Peterson beating Mitchell Hughes and Charley Stelling in doubles.
Sparkman, a senior, only lost five games as he swept his opponents in three matches. The tournament’s No. 1 singles seed zipped by Meridian’s Christopher Pyles, 6-0, 6-0. In the second match, Sparkman beat Friday Harbor’s Sean Hills, 6-2, 6-1. For the final match, Sparkman dropped his sophomore teammate Hood, 6-1, 6-1.
“Guy is in a good position going into quad-districts,” Kramer said. “He wasn’t really challenged in this tournament, yet he has been working on his game and has been steadily progressing during the season.”
Hood advanced to the title contest after sweeping two matches. In the first match, he beat Friday Harbor’s Kerry Wang, 6-0, 6-2. The second round proved more challenging, but Hood held off Lummi Nation’s Docavie Vendiola, 6-2, 7-5.
South Whidbey’s top doubles team was determined after a practice match, with Simmons, a senior, and Peterson, a sophomore, winning the tournament’s No. 1 spot. The Falcons best doubles duo, who are cousins, rallied from 1-4 to win 7-5 in the first set, then cruised in the second set, 6-0.
Simmons and Peterson won the first-place title, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, against their teammates Hughes and Stelling.
South Whidbey’s other doubles team had a senior/sophomore pairing. Hughes and Stelling, who combined have three years of varsity tennis experience, relied on their athleticism to beat Coupeville’s Aaron Curtin and Nathan Lamb, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Curtin and Lamb were the Wolves’ top singles players during the regular season.