Falcons keep winning in Northwest Conference play

The South Whidbey girls tennis team continued their winning ways Monday, thrashing Lakewood 7-0. “It went OK,” Falcon coach Tom Kramer said.

Falcon Katie Holt returns a serve on Monday. Holt and doubles partner Maya Hough won their match in two sets

The South Whidbey girls tennis team continued their winning ways Monday, thrashing Lakewood 7-0.

“It went OK,” Falcon coach Tom Kramer said.

“They’re playing solid tennis but I still see the mistakes they make, usually because of mental lapses. Obvious work is needed on overheads and better footwork. But we’re making some progress.”

In singles action for the Falcons, Lindsey Newman went 6-0, 6-0, Natalie Wheeler 6-0, 6-1, Noelle Metz 6-3, 0-6, 6-0 and Kaesie Elverum 6-0, 6-3.

The comeback-of-the-day award went to Metz, who struggled mightily in her second set.

“I think I got a little lazy,” she said.

“But then I focused on a few things the coach told me; he said to hit the angles, get off my heels and stay on my toes. That girl wore me out, but she was good competition.”

Doubles players had a fine day as well. Victoria Comfort and Nicole Zalewski went 6-1, 6-1, Jennifer Gemkow and Shannon Craig won 6-4, 6-2 and Katie Holt and Maya Hough went 6-2, 6-2.

Zalewski said she feels the season is picking up.

“We had a slow start, we’re all a little rusty,” she said. “It doesn’t help that it’s been raining a lot; three matches in a row have been cold and wet.”

Comfort and Zalewski overcame the Shafer twins from Lakewood.

“We beat them every year, but the coach is right, we all have work to do.

I need to work more on serves and over hands because, hey, I like to win,” Comfort said.

Wheeler has found herself more calm before a match begins.

“For me, it’s all about mindset.

I feel more confident, less pressure,” she said.

Kramer added that hitting the ball off the heel and lack of ball control remain areas the team has to focus on.

“When you have control, that’s when good things happen, such as having the ball go where you want,” Kramer said.

The coach said the girls will need their “A” game today at 3:45 p.m. when Lynden comes to town.

Especially star player Newman. Last year’s 2A second place state finalist Erica Bosman will be expected to pick up her challenge of state champion Newman when she hits the high school courts.

“I’ve been playing with anyone and everyone to get as much experience as possible,” Newman said. “Serving, volleying — whatever needs to be done.”

Jeff VanDerford can be reached at 221-5300 or sports@southwhidbey


More in Sports

Smith receives first-team, all-state honors / Soccer

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named South Whidbey senior Lake Smith… Continue reading

Walla Walla edges South Whidbey in state opener / 8-10 baseball

A fast start wasn’t enough and the South Whidbey Little League 8-10… Continue reading

South Whidbey drops 2nd game at state / 8-10 baseball

A dismal second inning doomed South Whidbey Little League at the 8-10… Continue reading

Foode leads kids in Parks and Rec tennis camp

South Whidbey’s love affair with tennis is being kindled in the hearts… Continue reading

NW knocks South Whidbey out of tournament / 11-12 baseball

North Whidbey scored two late runs to chase the South Whidbey 11-12… Continue reading

Burlington stops South Whidbey in district semifinals / 11-12 baseball

Burlington-Edison defeated the South Whidbey 11-12 baseball team 7-2 Thursday, June 28,… Continue reading

South Whidbey wins tournament opener in 11 innings / 11-12 baseball

It spanned two days and took nearly twice as many innings as… Continue reading

Collins earns all-state honors / Softball

South Whidbey High School’s Mackenzee Collins was named to the Washington State… Continue reading

South Whidbey wins district title and trip to state / 8-10 baseball

The South Whidbey Little League 8-10 baseball team completed a sweep of… Continue reading

South Whidbey closing in on state berth / 8-10 baseball

The South Whidbey Little League 8-10 baseball team is one win away… Continue reading

Future of SW basketball on display at camp

The hall leading to the South Whidbey High School gymnasium is adorned… Continue reading

Heggenes, Pope receive Cliff Gillies Award

Seniors Kolby Heggenes and Lewis Pope were the recipients of this year’s… Continue reading