Wildcat tennis runs into tough stretch

The Mount Si girls' tennis team went to Interlake April 20 and took the contest against the Saints. The Wildcats won seven of the nine matches played.

Mount Si won five of six singles matches. Leading the way were Alina Plavsky and Kelsey Wise. Plavsky won her match 6-1, 6-1 over Interlake's Anastasia Ivasenko; Wise defeated Dorine Rassaian of the Saints 6-1, 6-0. Kathryn McFarland was the only Wildcat to lose in singles; but it wasn't without a fight as she won the first set 7-6. But McFarland's Interlake opponent Tamara Princeville, rallied to win the final two sets 6-0, 6-4.

Mount Si won two of three doubles matches. Both victories came in three sets.

The Wildcats won this contest despite the absence of star sophomore Erika Strine. For the second time this season, Strine apparently fell ill. Strine was out last Tuesday when Mount Si hosted Bellevue, but she returned last Wednesday to practice.

As for the Wildcats' contest with the Wolverines, Bellevue doubled up Mount Si, winning six matches to three.

In singles, the Wolverines won five of the six contests. The domination was led by freshman star Nikole Novikova, who beat Plavsky 6-3, 6-0. According to Gallacher, Novikova is nationally ranked at the juniors' level. Rosie Lockie provided the only singles success for Mount Si. She beat Chrissy Lo of Bellevue 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles were a little bit better for the Wildcats as Mount Si won two-of-three matches. McFarland and Wise teamed up to win their match 4-6, 7-5, 10-8, over Taylor and Leslie Medeiros of the Wolverines. Amber McCrory and Carly Nelson won their doubles contest 6-2, 6-4 over Bellevue's Kelsey Jackson and Hayden Mills.

If Strine's illness wasn't enough, Janelle Campbell was forced to retire from her match early due to illness. Campbell had been leading in her contest with the Wolverines' Julie Phillips 7-6, 3-2 when the Mount Si player had to end the match early.

With Strine back in the lineup last Thursday, the Wildcats traveled to Mercer Island and fell to a very good Islanders team. MI won seven of the nine contested matches.

Mount Si's only wins came in singles. Wise defeated the Islanders' Jackie Konopa 6-0, 6-3; and Campbell returned as well from her illness to beat MI's Vivian Zhang 6-4, 6-3. According to Gallacher in an e-mail to the Valley Record, Wise is 4-2 this season in her contests, which the coach says "is just outstanding for her first year on the varsity squad."

McFarland gave the Islanders' Sydney Griffin a big scare, but Griffin outlasted the Mount Si player 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. MI swept all three doubles' contests.

As for Strine, she fell to the Islanders Ellie Chapman 1-6, 4-6.

The Wildcats wrapped up their regular season earlier this week. It is not known at this time if any Mount Si players will make postseason, but look for Strine, Britta Safstrom and Plavsky to make appearances. Considering Wise's record, it is not a stretch to assume she may be considered as well.

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