Chewelah tennis had a light week last week with the girls losing 3-2 in Colville and the boys winning 3-2 and the girls falling 4-1 to Reardan High School at home in non-leagsue boys and girls tennis action.
In an unusual move against Colville, Chewelah forfeited the no. 1 and no. 2 singles matches to Colville and instead the Cougars top boy’s doubles team of Tyler Monasmith and David Vilchiz played Colville’s top singles players and one of the top Class 1A girl’s doubles tandems in the state in Liselotte Doggen and Erin Little in an entertaining and well played doubles’ match.
Chewelah’s boy’s eventually won, but not without a battle.
Head coach Denise Smith, Monasmith and Vilchiz all felt that it was a great test for them.
“The boys had a lot of fun,” Smith said. “They said that Liselotte and Erin gave them a better match than any other boys team they’ve faced this year.” Chewelah lost their no. 3 singles match, while doubles partners Becka Kenney/Bethany Kofmehl and Ryann Richmond/Kelley Riese won their doubles matches for the Cougars’ only two points on the day.
Last Thursday, Reardan visited JHS for a non-league match, but it was an important feeling out contest for both teams. The regional tournament looms on the horizon.
The boys won their match 3-2, despite having no. 1 player Ben Johnstone lose his match due to unforced errors and inconsistent play.
The girl’s only point in the 4-1 loss came from the doubles tandem of Richmond and Riese, who remain unbeaten this season. Kenney and Kofmehl were fighting sickness and lost, but coach Smith feels that if they face the Reardan team again in regionals, they would be able to beat them.
The tennis team continues to improve and a great deal of that credit goes to the players own efforts. On a recent day off, coach Smith heard about an impromptu team workout at the JHS courts.
“On Sunday, about fifteen players were voluntarily working out on our courts,” Smith said. “That’s why we’re getting better, because when they have a chance to work out, they take it.”
The Cougars have a busy week ahead of them. On Monday Davenport visited JHS and on Tuesday Freeman visits Chewelah in a match that starts at 3:30 p.m.
On Wednesday there is a JV tournament in Chewelah, with Lakeside and Colville. On Thursday, the Cougars travel to Lakeside to play the Eagles at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday, the Cougars are taking part in the Inland Empire Tournament in Spokane. On Friday, matches get underway at 9 a.m. at 11 different high schools in the Spokane area. On Saturday, the matches begin at 8:30 a.m., with the consolation rounds at Mt. Spokane High School and the championship matches slated for the Mead High School courts.