The Liberty Bell High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams each won two out of three matches in recent competition.
Coach Dave Schulz said he’s pleased with the progress of his young teams through the spring. “We are very competitive,” he said. “The girls are improving tremendously.”
• At Lake Roosevelt (March 29)
The Lady Lions won against the Raiders, 4-1. Erin Frey took her singles match, 6-4, 6-1; Logan Butler won her singles match, 6-2, 6-2; and Ruthann Matteson prevailed, 8-1. In doubles, Larkin Lucy and Tiva Ward lost 5-7, 7-6 (tiebreaker), 4-10; while Shelby Vintin and Chloe Temple won, 6-2, 6-1.
The boys also won, 4-1. Josh Frey won the No. 1 singles match, 4-6, 6-1, 10-3 (tiebreaker); Jesse Schulz won, 6-0, 6-1; and Tyler White lost, 4-6. The doubles team of Forest Rickabaugh and Grayson Alexander won, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 (tiebreaker); and Isaac Blodgett and Kaolin Postelwait teamed up for another doubles victory.
• Oroville at home (April 12)
The Lady Lions swept Oroville, 5-0. Playing in the No. 1 singles spot, Logan Butler won 6-2, 6-3; Ruthann Matteson won, 6-2, 6-2; and Tiva Ward added another singles victory, 8-6. Erin Frey and Larkin Lucy won their doubles match, 6-1, 6-0; and Shelby Vintin and Chloe Temple finished the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
The boys’ competition started with an epic match between the Mountain Lions’ No. 1 singles player Josh Frey and Oroville’s Nathan Hugus. The match lasted nearly three hours, with Frey outlasting Hugus, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Coach Schulz said the Liberty Bell baseball team playing nearby finished its game before the tennis match ended. Following that marathon, Jesse Schulz and Alex Whites both won singles matches, Whites with a third-game tiebreaker. Oroville got its only win of the day as the Liberty Bell doubles team of Grayson Alexander and Forest Rickabaugh lost, 2-6, 1-6; but doubles partners Isaac Blodgett and Tyler White closed things out with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
• At Okanogan (April 14)
Neither team fared as well at Okanogan. The girls lost, 4-1. Logan Butler dropped her match, 0-6, 0-6; Ruthann Matteson lost 1-6, 1-6; and the Lady Lions lost the third singles match by default. Erin Frey and Larkin Lucy were defeated in doubles, 1-6, 0-6. The day was salvaged by Shelby Vintin and Chloe Temple, who recovered from a shaky start to win their doubles match, 0-6, 6-1, 6-1. Coach Schulz said a pep talk after the first game turned things around for Vintin and Temple.
The boys also lost, 3-2. Josh Frey was defeated for the first time this year, 3-6, 2-6, in another long singles duel; Jessie Schulz lost, 6-2, 2-6, 2-6; and Alex Whites also lost, 1-6, 1-6. Doubles play went better: Forest Rickabaugh and Nate Hirsch, playing for the first time this season, won 6-4, 6-0; and Grayson Alexander and Isaac Blodgett took their match, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
The Mountain Lions will play at Tonasket on Thursday (April 21).