Woodinville tennis represented well last week at the KingCo 4A tournament at Skyline High School. The doubles team of Cindy Wang and Kat Perez surprised all onlookers by winning their first two matches and reaching the second day of competition.
The season ended the way it began: With a 1-0 game. Back on March 11, the Falcons defeated Meadowdale 1-0 to get their season off on the right foot. But over the next two months, Woodinville would lose 14 of their last 15 games, including a 1-0 loss to Inglemoor last Tuesday night, which ended the season.
“It was too bad that we couldn’t have come out with the win,” senior Alex Wilkins said. “Because I feel like this team has gotten so much better throughout the year. I don’t feel like the record is indicative of how we’ve played. We always have one small mistake each game that kills us.”
J.T. Files hit a 2-run double and A.J. Riley pitched 6 solid innings to lift Newport to a 4-1 win over Woodinville in last Friday’s opening round of the KingCo 4A tournament. Newport advanced to take on Issaquah while Woodinville’s season came to an end.
“It’s tough for the seniors,” Woodinville coach Alan Dillman said. “You know the season is going to end at some point. But when it does end it’s always abrupt. It’s tough because we felt we had momentum at the end of the regular season.”
As the rain began to fall, the matches were halted. There was going to be a delay. Girls from both schools scurried off the tennis courts to gather their belongings. The Eastlake players were headed to the commons area of Eastlake High School. But among the Woodinville players, the debate was underway: Commons area or bus? Majority rule determined that they’d seek refuge on the team bus.