Eagle River tennis team squeezes out 5-4 win at East, while host Chugiak loses to South
Eagle River girls singles one player Claire Bottini reaches for a backhand against East’s Abigail McDiffett Aug. 21 at East High. The match was the day’s most tightly contested, with Bottini winning 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, including the last eight points of the deciding pro-set. The Wolves secured the team’s first victory, narrowly, 5-4.
The Wolves varsity tennis team provided the school’s first fall victory in any sport, besting host East, 5-4, Aug. 21.
Longtime coach Thornton Stanley acknowledged that his girls’ team carried the day, winning three of four doubles and singles matches, to bolster Eagle River’s efforts.
The Wolves boys one doubles team of Jace Jerome and Dan McLain was also victorious, as was singles two player Brandon Miles.
Eagle River forfeited three matches due to lack of participants.
Stanley said his team really stepped it up, especially in tie-breakers and in third-set pro-set matches.
Claire Bottini scored the matches last eight points, when after trailing 8-12 in the pro-set, reeled off the next series for the 10-8 nod in the third.
With recent additions to the team, the coach said the team should field a complete lineup and not have to forfeit any matches, by Thursday.
“We’re going to keep working hard and hope for a similar outcome,” said the coach of the match Thursday against South Anchorage, to be played at Clark Middle School.
The two victories afforded by host Chugiak over South were provided in girls singles by senior Tasha Boyer in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, and boys doubles, Max Haines and Dan Ogden, both juniors, in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 10-8.
Coach Sally Cook said she was pleased with the team’s effort against South.
With the accelerated season, due to the loss of the indoor courts at the Alaska Club North, the teams will be nearly midway through their ten-game schedule by the end of this week.
Eagle River 5, East 4
Boys singles 1 – Eli Neslund (E) won by forfeit; BS 2 – Brandon Miles (ER) d. Ari Hinricks 6-4, 7-6(6). GS 1 – Claire Bottini (ER) d. Abigail McDiffett 6-2, 3-6, 10-8. GS 2 – Dana Bernhardt (ER) d. Morgan Rice 6-4, 6-0. BD 1 – Jace Jerone/Dan McLain (ER) d. Marco Rivera/David Taylor 6-2, 6-2. BD 2 – Joseph Musick/Raymond Musick (ER) d. Carter Epperson/Philip Bailey 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. GD 1 – Laura Horton/Erica Williams (E) d. Tess Hoplin/Kaitlin Bernhardt 6-2, 6-3. GD 2 – Katelyn Carlson/Juniper (E) won by forfeit. Mixed doubles (MD) – Robbie Brewer/Olivia Grant (E) by forfeit.
South 7, Chugiak 2
BS 1 - Joseph Hemry(So) d. Ryan Winborg 6-0, 6-0. BS 2 - Alex Wong(So) d. Austin Potter 6-0, 6-1. GS 1 - Tasha Boyer (C) d. Tyanna Baker 7-5, 6-3. GS 2 - Shannon Chan(So) d. Carrie Cook 6-0, retired. BD 1 - Daniel Ogden/Max Haines (C) d. Joseph Kemper/Thomas Hanks 7-5, 5-7, 10-8. BD – 2 Terek Rutherford/Brendon Hayhurst(So) d. Dustin Haines/Jacob Sturm 6-0, 6-1. GD 1 - Taylor Matthew/Madie Webster (So) def. Kamryn Froehle/Amanda Huntzinger 6-4, 6-4. GD 2 - Kathryn Bistodean/Kailey Gates(C) vs. Sophia Sanders/Shruti Vadapali 4-2 (match delayed). MD - Zoey Flynn/Thomas Johnson (So) d. Izzy LaRue/Luke Oldham, 6-1, 7-6 (3).