Ballard serves past Chief Sealth
By Gerardo Bolong
The Ballard Beavers used adjustments to defeat the Chief Sealth boys tennis team 5-0 at the Southwest Athletic Complex on Mon., March 18.
”They did all right,” said Beaver head coach Kevin Todd. "Our team started out going for winners and made unforced errors. Then they settled down to play steadily. In our first match we played against hard hitters of one of the top teams. They did a good job of adjusting against a different pace of hitting.”
With low 70 degree temperatures and bright sunlight permeating the courts, the Beavers quickly earned the first team win by way of a Cole Lewis 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 singles win against Aaron Burnham.
Ballard upped its advantage to 2-0 when Josh Barton teamed with Luke Weaver in a 6-1,6-2 No. 1 doubles victory against Logan Webster and Ethan McAlpin.
”We were being aggressive at net,” Barton said. “I like to poach.”
Jon Marshall clinched the Beaver team win in a 6-1, 6-0, decision against Seahawk Dominic Martin at No. 1 singles.
In the No. 2 doubles, the Beaver tandem of Sol Zamora and Owen DelaHarpe powered by Ethan Kaplan and Chase Brown , 6-1, 6-0.
The closing match at No. 3 doubles featured the Ballard pair of Shintaro Osuga and Cooper Ritter, taking care of Sam McCray and Nathan Tran, 6-0, 6-0.
Chief Sealth head coach Amelia Aamot had a Seahawk point of view.
”This is a building team and they need to work on their serves,” she said.