Arlington tennis makes history

Will Heath stretches out to reach a forehand at the net during his doubles teams straight set victory over Lake Stevens. -
Will Heath stretches out to reach a forehand at the net during his doubles teams straight set victory over Lake Stevens.
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The Arlington boys tennis team did something Oct. 5 that no Arlington boys tennis team has done in a long time. They swept through an entire match against Lake Stevens, winning 7-0.
The new tennis court facilities are starting to pay dividends in the quality of play as Arlington has reached five wins for the season, the first time that has happened in more than 20 years.
The final match against Lake Stevens saw the No. 3 doubles tandem of Josh Cobb and Austin Davis pull out a 6-4, 6-4 win. Davis knew it was coming and afterward talked of his confidence in the team.
It was a rough start but we got into a groove at the end, said Davis. I thought about the movie 300 with the Spartans coming back against the Persians. I knew wed win.
His playing partner was a bit more diplomatic after the match.
We were trying to be more consistent in the second set, said Cobb. Its a combination of all the different skills.
No. 1 singles player Jacob Aylesworth trounced his opponent in straight sets in his return to the singles side. He was equaled by No. 2 Garrett Meyer, who had no trouble dispatching Lake Stevens No. 2.
I finally relaxed out there, said Aylesworth after his match. Im trying to think less on the court and cut down on my errors and today I did that.
Also victorious were No. 1 doubles Max Morin and Will Heath who continue to show why theyre quietly compiling one of the best seasons in Arlington doubles history. The ultra-athletic Heath is an excellent compliment to the steady groundstrokes of Morin.
We pushed the net a lot, said Morin after the match, and it set us up for a lot of overheads. I think weve got a great chance at districts.
Heath agreed with his cohort, noting that Arlington has seen most of the 3A teams in the area and feels very good about their standing.
Weve got to get more consistent hitting winners, said Heath. Were going to see some better opponents. But in my opinion were going to be just fine.
Coach Ben Mendro was ecstatic with his teams performance. He could hardly shake the excitement off his face long enough to talk.
Ive never beaten a team twice in one season, said an enthusiastic Mendro. Were changing the Arlington athletic tradition right here. The tennis team is only going to get better.
Mendro pointed to the courts as the matches were wrapping up and noted all the young kids out and playing on them. Several youngsters were playing doubles on the far courts as the Eagles wrapped up their season sweep with Lake Stevens. It was a welcome sight to a community that has struggled in tennis before the recent revamping of facilities.

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