The Vashon tennis team continued to build on their good start to the season. After a 2-0 start, the Pirates took advantage of two home matches against the remaining Nisqually League teams.
On Wednesday, the Pirates recorded a 5-0 win against Cascade Christian. Vashon controlled both singles matches with Cameron Bedard taking a 6-1, 6-1 win and Zach Van Dusen following with an equally impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory. In doubles, the Pirates were equally dominant, coming up with three comfortable wins. Evan Keppler/Jon Maciejewski won 6-2, 6-1, Marley Kott/Alex Hitchcock took their match 6-2, 6-2 and Connor Clark/Chad Dublin completed the sweep 6-1, 6-1.
Cascade brought a large team and almost all the Pirate JVs were able to play matches. The Pirate JV players looked strong, winning five out of six matches. Strong wins went to swing players like Kale Scheer and Lucas Schoenberg, as well as first-year players Nick Zuckerman/Levi Stahl, Sam Walker/Nick Poole, Danny Baldinger/Caleb Hecht and Teo Eckhardt/Oliver Churchill.
On Thursday, the Pirates hosted Annie Wright and continued their strong play. Playing in No. 1 singles for the first time, Zach Van Dusen played well but fell to a tough Annie Wright opponent. At No. 2 singles, Evan Keppler evened the score with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Vashon’s doubles teams then sealed the win, sweeping the last three matches: Marley Kott/Cam Bedard won 6-0, 6-1, Alex Hitchcock/John Maciejewski won 6-2, 6-1 and Kale Scheer/Connor Clarke gave the Pirates a 4-1 match win with their 6-0, 6-0 victory. The Pirate JVs also swept their matches as they continue to improve and look strong for the future.
Next week, the team travels to Life Christian on Monday, and the Pirate Varsity will be tested against some excellent 4A players in a round-robin with Kentwood and Puyallup on Saturday morning.
— Pat Mulvihill is the assistant girls’ tennis coach for Vashon High School.