Chugiak tennis wins over ER
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Eagle River tennis player Quinn Hulse shows his school spirit while cheering on a teammate.
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Three of nine matches were decided in tiebreakers when Chugiak High tennis battled Eagle River on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mustangs won 6-3.
After losing the first set 2-6, Chugiak’s Nate House won 6-1 to force a tiebreak against Quinn Hulse in the boys No. 2 singles match. House won the tiebreak 10-3.
“In the first set, I just mentally lost it,” House said.
Moving to the corner during Hulse’s service games allowed House to have more success, he said. House said he was able to come under the ball, putting more power and topspin on his returns.
Eagle River’s girls No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Spainhour/Kendall Mullins notched their second consecutive tiebreak wins in as many days.
The duo won 6-1, 4-6 (12-10) over Chugiak’s Maggie Wallac/Tori Fishburn. Spainhour and Mullins defeated Service’s Hurling Zhao/Megan Lillis 7-5, 1-6 (10-7) on Sept. 15. The Wolves pair blanked Bartlett’s Krista Davis/Cheryl Auspach 6-0, 6-0 on Sept. 17 for their third win in three days.
“It gets pretty tiring,” Spainhour said of consecutive tiebreakers.
Mental errors were to blame for the second-set letdown against Chugiak, Mullins said.
“We just got unfocused,” she said.
The girls knew they had to elevate their game for the tiebreak, Spainhour said.
Good footwork was key in the win against Chugiak, Mullins said.
“We just kept moving and got all our shots in,” she said.
Eagle River’s Chaunti Hall won 6-3, 5-7 (10-8) against Victoria Goss in the girls No. 1 singles match.
After stumbling at the start, Chugiak’s Jim Marchlinski took command of the boys No. 1 singles match to win 6-3, 6-1 over Jacob Klaameyer.
Klaameyer took a 3-1 lead in the first set. Marchlinski won the next five straight games and took 11 of 12 to finish the match.
“I just calmed down and won it,” Marchlinski said.
This week, teams are preparing for the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Kristianna Coburn and Bailey Hestir finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the all-around competition in Chugiak’s 159.25-66.55 loss to Service’s gymnastics team Sept. 15.
Bella Wiggins turned in Chugiak’s best performance with a second-place finish in balance beam and third in floor exercise. Coburn took fourth in the uneven parallel bars.
The Mustangs host Bartlett on Friday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Courtney Fox-Singh notched Eagle River’s lone first-place finish in the 100 freestyle in the Wolves’ 133-34 loss on Sept. 16 to Dimond. Fox-Singh placed second in the 200 freestyle.
Blaise Fox-Icarro placed second in the 100 butterfly for the Wolves best finish on the boys side in their 147-23 loss.
Eagle River’s next dual meet is Friday, Sept. 23 against Service at Bartlett’s pool at 4 p.m.
Chugiak’s finishes 42nd in Las Vegas
The Mustangs finished second in the Contender Bracket at the 2011 Durango Fall Classic Volleyball Tournament in Las Vegas.
Chugiak defeated Seaquam Secondary School (Vancouver, B.C.) 25-21, 25-12 to earn a spot in the finals against Riverside Secondary School (Port Coquitlam, B.C.). Riverside won 25-12, 25-9.
The Mustangs finished 42nd out of 48 teams at the tournament. They will play Sept. 23-24 at the West Spiketacular. The tournament begins at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
Chugiak takes on Eagle River on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. The Mustangs host South on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5:15 p.m.
Thunderbirds defeat Wolves
East Anchorage downed Eagle River 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 25-19) in Cook Inlet Conference play Sept. 15. The Wolves are now 3-4 in the CIC and 5-9-1 overall.
Lexie Curtis led Eagle River with 10 kills. Kathy Michalski, Gabbi LeCates and Morgen Wohrle each had seven.
Wohrle led the team with 19 digs. Curtis followed with 13, Kelsey Reeves had 12 and Lucy Thomas recorded 11.
The Wolves next host Kenai Central on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m.