Photo by Don Nelson Liberty Bell’s Ruthann Matteson, left, and Erin Frey won their doubles match against Lake Roosevelt.

Photo by Don Nelson

Liberty Bell’s Ruthann Matteson, left, and Erin Frey won their doubles match against Lake Roosevelt.

By Don Nelson

The Liberty Bell High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams split a home match against Lake Roosevelt last week, then went on the road to sweep Oroville.

The Lady Lions beat Lake Roosevelt, 4-1, on April 26 while the boys fell, 2-3. Logan Butler, playing No. 1 for the girls, won handily, 6-1, 6-2. Larkin Lucy dropped her match, 1-6, 3-6, but coach Dave Schulz said her play has been improving. No. 3 singles player Tiva Ward won, 6-4, 6-2.

The doubles team of Erin Frey and Ruthann Matteson prevailed, 6-0, 6-0, while Chloe Temple and Shelby Vintin claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win.

For the boys, Alex Whites played in the No. 1 singles slot and lost, 2-6, 2-6. Grayson Alexander, playing at No. 2, also dropped his match, 4-6, 4-6. Nate Hirsch claimed the lone singles victory, 6-4, 6-3. Josh Frey and Jesse Schulz locked up in a long, tough battle with the Lake Roosevelt No. 1 doubles team to take the first match, 7-6, on a 13-11 tie-breaker. The Liberty Bell duo won the second set, 6-4. In the final doubles match, Isaac Blodgett and Tyler White lost, 3-6, 4-6.

At Oroville, the girls won, 4-0, while the boys also triumphed, 4-1.

Butler again played in the No. 1 singles slot, winning 6-3, 6-1. Lucy followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win (there was no third singles match). Frey and Matteson blanked the Oroville No. 1 doubles team, 6-0, 6-0, and Temple and Vintin finished the day with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Grayson Alexander, playing No. 1 singles for Liberty Bell, lost 2-6, 2-6, but the Mountain Lions took the next four sets. Forest Rickabaugh won 6-0, 6-0; Whites won 6-1, 6-1; Josh Frey and Jesse Schulz had another convincing win, 6-0, 6-1; and Blodgett and Tyler White took their match, 6-1, 6-3.

Liberty Bell hosts Entiat on Wednesday (May 4) at 4 p.m. and finishes the week on its home courts against Pateros on Thursday (May 5) at 4 p.m.

Next week, the Mountain Lions travel to Entiat on May 10, then play in the league tournament on May 13 at Omak.