Against Liberty at Tibbets Park in Issaquah last Wednesday, Sept. 18, Mount Si won, 4-3, on the strength of its deep singles players.
While lead singles player Matthew Griffin fell to Liberty’s Marek Pierepiekarz, senior number-two player Kevin McLaughlin won 3-6, 7-4, 6-4 over the Patriots’ Justice Canley. Number-three player Ryan Fischer, a sophomore, beat Matthew Cao, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, and number-four singles player Rickard Frykaard, a senior exchange student, beat Tim Bombeli, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Mount Si’s numbers-one and -two doubles teams, Drew Hadaller and Logan Cochrane, and Brady Thomas and Royce Schwartzenberher, respectively, lost their sets. But Mount Si’s number-three doubles team of John Day, a sophomore, and senior Max Isen beat the Patriots’ Keaten Winegar and Naoki Lucas, 6-4, 6-4.
Mount Si fell 5-2 to Juanita on Sept. 10. McLaughlin won his set with Corey O’Neill, 6-1, 6-3, while Day and Frykaard won their third doubles set, 6-0, 6-1.
Otherwise, the Wildcats faced challenging opposition, falling to Bellevue, Interlake and Eastlake, 7-0.
The Wildcats host Mercer Island Thursday, Sept. 26, then travel to Sammamish on Friday. Game time is 3:45 p.m.