Eagle River tennis picks up easy win over Bartlett

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 20:00
Chugiak drops match to Service

Thanks to six forfeits, Eagle River High’s tennis team defeated Bartlett 7-1 on Sept. 1.

The girls doubles team of Karolena Williams/Mary Stone blanked Jasmine Wright/Krista Davis 6-0, 6-0 for the Wolves’ lone victory in which a match was actually played.

Chugiak’s Skyler Fullmer and Conner Cimiyotti notched a win in their first varsity match against Service the same day. The No. 1 boys doubles pair defeated William Ji/Gene Chung 6-3, 6-1 for the Mustangs’ lone win in the 8-1 loss.

Fullmer, a junior, and Cimiyotti, a senior, played in the open division last season, head coach Sally Jo Cook said.

“Those two kids just earned their way onto varsity,” she said. “That was their first varsity match. That was cool.”

Chugiak’s Jim Marchlinski lost a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 contest in the boys No. 1 singles match, Cook said.

Cook said her husband, Thomas, another Chugiak coach, was impressed with Marchlinski’s performance.

“It was a very good match,” Cook said. “(Thomas) was pleased with it.”

Chugiak’s girls won just seven games out of four matches (No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles, No. 1 doubles, No. 2 doubles).

“Our girls had a little bit harder time,” Cook said.

With a team full of beginners, the girls are lacking a No. 1 singles player, Cook said. But Sarah Miller stepped up and took on the Cougars’ top player, she said.

“She is a trouper,” Cook said.

Chugiak now has about 50 kids on the team, Cook said. The young, inexperienced Mustangs have been keeping their spirits up, she said.

“We’re taking our knocks, but everyone holds it together and has fun,” Cook said. “I’m real proud of them.”

Today’s matches (Eagle River at West, Bartlett vs. Chugiak) are the final scheduled outdoor matches of the tennis season. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 10, all matches will be played indoors.

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