The Liberty Bell High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both lost on the road to a powerful White Swan squad on April 21, then returned home for a match Thursday (April 23) against Tonasket which saw the boys win convincingly while the girls were defeated.
At White Swan, the Lady Lions were swept, 5-0, while the boys were defeated, 4-1, with the lone victory coming from the No. 1 doubles team of Jesse Schulz and Dreyton Acord, who won 6-4, 6-1.
For the girls, Lucy Dupont lost 6-2, 6-2; Emily Alexander was defeated 6-2, 6-0; Tiva Ward was outscored 6-0, 6-1; the doubles team of Sidni and Logan Butler fell 6-0, 6-0; and the second doubles team of Julie Vu and Hannah Hogness lost 6-0, 6-0.
On the boys’ side, Greyson Alexander lost 6-3, 6-1; Forest Rickabaugh battled but fell 6-2, 6-4; D.J. Haley lost 7-5, 6-0; and the second doubles team of William Grubb and Kaolin Postelwait lost 6-0, 6-0.
On the home courts versus Tonasket, the girls’ squad lost 4-1, while the boys made it a clean sweep with a 5-0 victory.
Dupont scored the lone win for the girls, 6-0, 6-3. Emily Alexander lost 6-1, 6-0; Erin Frey fell 6-2, 6-1; the Butler sisters took their match to three sets before losing, 2-6, 6-3, 2-6; and Ward and Chloe Temple lost their doubles match, 6-0, 6-1.
The boys’ triumph started with a 6-4, 6-1 victory by Josh Frey. Clayton Avery followed with 6-0-, 6-0 win; Haley won 9-7; Shulz and Acord romped to a 6-0, 6-1 win; and Greyson Alexander and Rickabaugh won 6-3, 6-4.
Liberty Bell hosted Lake Roosevelt on Tuesday (April 28), and will be home again on Thursday (April 30) to face Wilson Creek at 4 p.m.
Coach Dave Schulz noted that Acord and Jesse Schulz are undefeated in doubles play in their league matches.
The coach said illness, ineligibility and other factors have kept his teams from being at full strength all season. Stoney Hulton was stricken by appendicitis and hasn’t been available, Schulz said.
District and state meets will be in May, Schulz said.