Arlington tennis falls to Lake Stevens

Arlington No. 1 singles player Austin Taylor hits a forehand during the Lake Stevens match. - Travis Sherer
Arlington No. 1 singles player Austin Taylor hits a forehand during the Lake Stevens match.
— image credit: Travis Sherer

ARLINGTON — Now is about the time for Arlington coach Sean Cunningham to start thinking about the regional and district tournament.

That’s why in matches such as Oct. 7, when Arlington lost 6-1 to Lake Stevens, he will be looking for which pieces worked well together.

“I’m looking for players that will complement each other,” said Cunningham. “A lot of guys will split up their singles players and have them play doubles because they are typically stronger with a better ground game.”

But that isn’t always the case, just ask the Eagles’ No. 3 doubles team of Brandon Kennedy and Tyler Bradford, who defeated Lake Stevens’ Spencer Scott and Romain Verbruggen 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The two had played with various partners this season with limited results. It wasn’t until three matches ago that they were paired together and now they have started winning.

“As soon as they were put on the same team, it just clicked and they’re now starting to develop a good chemistry.”

Chemistry is important in a doubles tandem, maybe just as important as skill, which has Cunningham looking toward the future.

“We’ve finally built a base and you can see the improvement, but the chemistry is there too,” Cunningham said.

For that reason, he is anxious to see what his team can do when the Wesco North divisional tournament rolls around Oct. 20 at Stanwood.

The team is made up of mostly underclassmen, Cunningham is ready to see what kind of improvement they make when taking on the best in north Snohomish County.

Also standing out against Lake Stevens was Arlington’s No. 1 singles player, Austin Taylor, who was defeated by Rylan Herdt 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

“Austin had to play the best singles player around today and I thought he was going to take that first set from him,” Cunningham said.

The loss knocks Arlington’s record down to 0-7 in conference play.

Other results included, in singles, Jens Hoult defeating Arlington’s Denny Duskin 6-3, 6-2, Kramer Hansen defeating Arlington’s Jake Prunier 6-4, 7-5 and Tyler Storz defeating Arlington’s Trent Sarver 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, A.J. Hansen and Andrei Arevalo defeated Arlington’s Ben Huge and Cody Olson 6-3, 6-2 and Alex Iverson and Shae Reichert defeated Arlington’s Reidar Composano and Viet Nguyen 6-2, 7-5.

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