The Liberty Bell High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams ended a great season of play at District 6 Regionals in Omak last Thursday (May 18) and Saturday (May 20), with the doubles team of Erin Frey and Ruthann Matteson ending as alternates to the state tournament in Yakima this weekend.
After helping the Mountain Lions ladies take the B-League championship the week prior, Frey and Matteson played four tough matches in Omak, according to Coach Dave Schulz. They lost 3-6, 4-6 to Cascade High School, which put them in the losers’ bracket. That match was followed by a win over Lake Roosevelt, 6-0, 6-0; and then a grueling win over Lake Chelan, 7-6, 7-2, 3-6, 6-4.
In the Lake Chelan competition, Frey and Matteson “pushed it to the very end,” Schulz said. “They were all tuckered out” for their final match against Tonasket, which they lost, 4-6, 4-6.
In boys’ doubles, the team of Jesse Schulz and Isaac Blodgett were eliminated after a loss to Okanogan, 3-6, 0-6; a win over Lake Roosevelt 6-3, 6-2; and a loss to Cashmere High School, 5-7, 2-6.
The doubles duo of Tim Haley and Tyler White lost to Chelan 0-6, 1-6; and then to Oroville, 2-6, 3-6.
Logan Butler was the only Liberty Bell singles player at Regionals, where she won one and lost two. Butler lost to Omak, 3-6, 1-6; then played Oroville to win 6-0, 6-2, and was eliminated by Cashmere, 1-6, 1-6.
“Over all, I’m very pleased with Liberty Bell’s performance this year, both the boys and girls players,” Schulz said. “And we’re looking good for next year, only losing a couple of seniors to graduation,” he added.