Falcons smash Wildcats in home tennis match | FALCON BOYS TENNIS

South Whidbey boys tennis junior Ryan Wenzek shed a former version of himself on Thursday afternoon.

South Whidbey junior Ryan Wenzek rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set of his singles match against Archbishop Murphy to win 6-4 on Thursday afternoon.

South Whidbey boys tennis junior Ryan Wenzek shed a former version of himself on Thursday afternoon.

Trailing 4-1 in the second set of his singles match against Archbishop Murphy’s Robert De Mello e souza, Wenzek was at a crossroads. He could either revert back to his ways of last season and let his emotions govern the rest of the match, or he could trust in his ability and grind away a victory.

He chose the latter.

Wenzek defeated his Wildcat opponent 6-4, 6-4 to earn his first victory of the season. Wenzek’s win was among three others as the Falcons beat the Wildcats 4-1. It was a complete flip from the Falcons’ first match of the season against Seattle Academy, a 4-1 loss.

Wenzek and Falcon head coach Karyle Kramer thought his win encapsulated the growth Wenzek has shown over the past year and the type of the player he’s become.

“That was definitely true, because last year I would have totally taken myself out of the match,” Wenzek said. “I would have acted up and not focused on winning. I would say this year, I’m much more mature in my game. I forgot the past and moved on.”

Kramer agreed. She said the top priority for Wenzek has been taking his emotions out of the match, whether it be frustration or giving up.

“Getting out of that hole, down 1-4, was such a testament to what he’s been working toward,” Wenzek said. “I know it means more to him than if he would have won 6-1.”

Wenzek said his match wasn’t perfect by any means, though he’s happy with his play.

“It’s really rewarding to see the effort you put in come out in the matches,” Wenzek said.

Also earning victories were doubles teams Ari Rohan and Larsen Christiansen, Levi Buck and Austin Sterba and Cameron Asay and Nick Simmons. Aengus Dubendorf, the Falcons’ No. 2 singles player, lost to Trent Mosier 6-0, 7-6.

In what was undoubtedly a dominating match, Rohan and Christiansen defeated Wildcats Riley Quinton and Jack McClincy, 6-1, 6-1.

“I think we just really kept our heads up,” Rohan said. “We played well together.”

The duo were so effective that it caused friction amongst their opponents.

“As soon we got ahead, the other guys were just super mad,” Christiansen said. “One of their backhands was really bad so we just hit it there.”

Rohan and Christiansen said the biggest difficulty of the match was maintaining their focus.

“We’d just get so far ahead where I’d start to lose focus and mess around a little bit,” Christiansen said.


More in Sports

Falcons look at positives despite loss in tournament

This one hurt. Season-ending losses usually do. South Whidbey’s 62-41 loss to… Continue reading

Three grapplers punch tickets to Tacoma Dome

In their own ways, all three were underdogs. They could have been… Continue reading

Girls hoops fall in postseason tourney

South Whidbey girls basketball was eliminated from the 1A District 1 tournament… Continue reading

Falcons’ season ends with loss to King’s

South Whidbey boys basketball’s successful season came to an end Friday night.… Continue reading

South Whidbey drops district semifinal to Nooksack Valley

On paper, South Whidbey boys basketball looked like the favorites. The Falcons… Continue reading

South Whidbey Reign U-14 girls soccer team loses in state semis

South Whidbey Reign’s U-14 girls soccer team recently fell short of playing… Continue reading

Eight wrestlers advance to regional tournament

The road to the Mat Classic is a little clearer after this… Continue reading

Girls basketball drops first round game in district tournament

South Whidbey girls basketball lost to Nooksack Valley 57-34 in the first… Continue reading

Grapplers win some, lose some at sole home match

South Whidbey’s wrestlers had a bit of it all at its only… Continue reading

Falcons beat league juggernaut King’s by 15 points

South Whidbey boys basketball claimed the top spot in the Cascade Conference… Continue reading

Pope named state athlete of the week

South Whidbey senior Lewis Pope was recently named to a state “Athletes… Continue reading

Boys basketball team goes 2-1, finish 2nd in California tournament

South Whidbey boys basketball came away from its week long trip to… Continue reading