Another sign of fall: Tennis makes the bounce indoors

Coaches say it’s about time to come in out of the cold


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Eagle River’s Jacob Klaameyer prepares to hit a forehand against West.

STAR PHOTOS BY MATT TUNSETH

Tennis season is moving indoors — sort of.

“We have one day to practice indoors,” said Chugiak coach Sally Jo Cook. “One day.”

Beginning with matches played Saturday, Sept. 10, all high school tennis matches from here on out will be played indoors. But teams must still practice outside for as long as they can handle the cold because practice time is limited at the available indoor courts.

“We have to,” said Cook, who said her players run or do other exercises in the school hallway when the weather is too bad to go outside.

Eagle River coach Thornton Stanley said indoor tennis is a bit quicker than the outdoor version.

“The ball moves a lot faster,” Stanley said.

Cook said she likes being able to have her team play indoors because it means the matches are guaranteed to go off.

“Just getting to know you’re going to play is a big thing,” Cook said.

The indoor game proved unkind to both teams in their debuts Sept. 10 at the Alaska Club East. Chugiak fell 6-3 to Dimond that day, while Eagle River lost an 8-1 decision to South.

Chugiak’s wins were provided by Nate House in boys No. 2 singles, along with the boys No. 1 doubles team of Skyler Fullmer and Forrest Campnell and the boys No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Bozone and Brady Sizelove.

Jacob Klaameyer got Eagle River’s lone win against South with a come-from-behind win over Alan Pasikowski. Klaameyer dropped the first set 1-6, then stormed back for a 6-1 win in the second set and 10-3 victory in the third-set tiebreaker.

Other scores last week included a 9-0 West win over Eagle River and an 8-1 win by Chugiak over Bartlett in which six of the Mustangs’ wins came by forfeit over the Golden Bears. The Campnell/Fullmer team picked up a contested win in No. 1 doubles, as did Bozone and Josh Keller in No. 2 doubles.

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