Issaquah tennis shuts down Liberty, 7-0

April 13, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team shut down host Liberty 7-0 in a KingCo Conference match April 8 despite unpredictable, swirling winds that occasionally lifted balls out of play.

In the No. 1 singles match, Issaquah’s Dayna Bennett defeated Liberty’s Amber Eastham in two sets. Eastham battled hard, trading blows with Bennett in close games, but Bennett prevailed, winning 6-3, 6-2.

“I just have to keep my serves strong, and just focus,” Bennett said about winning close games. She said the wind required her to focus even more.

In the No. 2 singles match, Issaquah’s Alyssa Wilson took down Liberty’s Alison Martin 6-2, 6-1.

Although Wilson dominated the match, she gave much credit to Martin.

“She was a tough a opponent, but I was playing well today,” Wilson said.

Dayna Bennett, Issaquah sophomore first seed, hits against Amber Eastham of Liberty April 9 during the first set of a 6-3, 6-2 victory. By Greg Farrar

In the No. 3 singles match, Issaquah’s Nana Kida defeated Liberty’s Emmie Kellogg Smith 6-1, 6-4, and Morgan Gierke shutout Liberty’s Audry LaFraugh with two 6-0 sets in the number four singles match.

Issaquah coach Shannon Small said her top singles players did very well in their matches.

“They’re starting to progress nicely,” Small said. “It takes a lot of concentration and a lot of patience to play in the wind.”

In the No. 1 doubles, Issaquah’s Sam Garrard and Mika Asaba defeated Liberty’s Veronica Granger and Kristy Bruanston in two sets with scores of 6-1. In the No. 2 doubles match, Issaquah’s Katherine Allison and Rachel Gonchar downed Liberty’s Kammi Johnson and Jaime Hitchcock in two sets with scores of 6-2.

Finally, in the No. 3 doubles, Issaquah’s Sabrina Patton and Sabrina Norton shutout Liberty’s Katie Walsh and Annie Trumbull with two 6-0 sets.

Liberty head coach Mike Salokas said Issaquah has a tough team that was on its game at the meet, and he said his players made some mistakes.

“We made some mental mistakes that don’t sit well with me,” he said.

Regardless, Salokas said his team is improving.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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