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Lone wolves and doubles 'rocks': Mount Si tennis vets, newcomers start a fast fall run

 Drew Hadaller, Logan Cochran - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Drew Hadaller, Logan Cochran
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

"Tennis is my life!' proclaims Drew Hadaller, with just a trace of humor, as he and doubles partner Logan Cochran grab water before their next match.

"I had to come back for Logan," the senior added. Ditto for his partner: "Drew is my rock!"

All goofing aside, these two will compete for the top doubles spot on a reloaded Mount Si tennis team that brings a good bit of solid returning talent.

Cochrane and Hadaller hit the courts and the ball machines at Robinswood, Sammamish Club and Pine Lake this past summer, and are ready to play.

As are singles leaders Matthew Griffin and Kevin McLaughlin. They describe themselves as more like lone wolves.

Expect them to hold down the number one and two spot for singles. They play "because tennis is awesome," says Griffin.

It takes a while to become dangerous, says McLaughlin. But this team has been practicing a bunch, and is loaded with a number of returners and some promising freshmen.

"We have good chemistry," says Hadaller. "There's a lot of new guys out here showing some talent."

This is a fast, super-short season, wrapping October 1. Practice time is essential—there are only 11 practices from now to the league tourney.

The trio of senior Max Isen, sophomore Ryan Fischer and senior Swedish exchange student Rickard Frykaard will battle for three- and four-position at singles and a spot at two-doubles with John Day.

"Doubles and singles are completely different games," says head coach Jim Gibowski.

A good singles player might dominate a single opponent, but fall when paired up to a talented duo.

Matthew Griffin and Kevin McLaughlin

 

Mount Si boys tennis schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 10

• Mount Si at Juanita, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

• Mount Si hosts Eastlake, 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12

• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

• Mount Si at Liberty (Tibbets Park), 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19

• Mount Si at Bellevue, 3:45 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 23

• Mount Si at Juanita, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

• Mount Si at Lake Washington, 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26

• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27

• Mount Si at Sammamish, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 3:45 p.m.

 

 

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