With record turnout for team, girls’ tennis starts strong

Three junior varsity doubles matches that were played were all won by VHS players.

The Vashon High School (VHS) Girls’ Tennis team has enjoyed a record turnout of 30 players for this spring sport.

Currently, we have 26 who are actively practicing, with the courts full from 3 to 5:10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Special thanks go to Vashon Golf and Country Club for providing access to its covered courts, with additional help from Drew Piston and Erin Schultz.

The team played its first Nisqually League match on Wednesday, March 15, against Cascade Christian School, in Puyallup, at Clarks Creek Park North.

The Pirates came away with a team win of 3 to 2. League play consists of two singles matches and three doubles matches, with the victor winning the best of five matches.

Playing number 1 Singles for this meet was Jessica Levin, who bested Cady Mahogany in a very lopsided 6-0, 6-0 match.

Number 2 Singles was played by Kaiya Van Brost against Taylor Hull — which proved to be more competitive, with Van Brost winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

Natalia Matusky and Maren MacLean are teamed up as the VHS number 1 Doubles pairing; they fell 5-7, 3-6, to Hanna Phair and Alisa Scott, who played a solid tactical match.

Myra Butler and Eliza Pinckney took on Cascade Christian’s Faith Kelly and Sophia Ockerse, in an epic three-set nail-biter, but came up short in the third set tiebreaker 5-7, 6-4, 8/10.

The number 3 Doubles match paired sophomores Maddie Youman and Sailor Frith, who easily outclassed Cascade’s Thalia Holmes and Natalie Vander Pol, 6-2, 6-2.

Three junior varsity doubles matches that were played were all won by VHS players:

Clementine Gripman Whistler versus Maisy Long, 8-1; Ciarra Matthias versus Tuula Beck, 8-2; and Diana Trundle-Strachan versus Paloma Fred, 8-4.

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