Undefeated U-Prep slips by South Whidbey 3-2 / Tennis

University Prep edged the South Whidbey High School tennis team 3-2 Saturday, April 20, in a non-league match in Langley.

“We lost a very close match overall, but also had some key wins and solid play,” coach Karyle Kramer said.

U-Prep (6-0) remained undefeated with the win.

With the team score tied at 2-2, it came down to third doubles, where Jenna Pfeiffer and Olianna Stange fell in tight match that lasted two and a half hours.

The Falcons battled back from losing the first set 6-0 to win the second 6-4 before losing 6-4.

“They didn’t quit, didn’t fold,” Kramer said of Pfeiffer and Stange. “They were impressive. Big match for them.”

South Whidbey won in first singles and first doubles.

Ashley Ricketts took the singles match 7-6, 6-4 and Alison Papritz and Mary Zisette grabbed first doubles 7-6, 6-0.

“Ashley had what I thought was her best match this season and clawed her way to a victory against a very patient player,” Kramer said.

“Mary and Alison took a few games to adjust, got down 0-3 but then came back for the tiebreaker win and then an easy sweep in the second.”

Elizabeth Simmons dropped second singles 6-1, 6-2, and Ainsley Nelson and Farriss Jokinen lost in second doubles 6-0, 6-0.

The Falcons (3-1, 3-4) have two 3:30 p.m. home matches this week, starting with Granite Falls (1-2, 2-5) Tuesday, April 23, followed by Coupeville (0-2) Thursday, April 25, on Senior Day.