Let the second season begin.
Sequim’s boys tennis team got their final warm-ups last week, prepping to battle for district and state tourney berths in a trio of league matches.
Sequim started the week with a 7-0 loss to undefeated North Kitsap on Oct. 9 — the first time the Wolves have been shut out in 2017.
Sequim rebounded with a solid match on the road at Coupeville on Oct. 10, but fell 4-3. Blake Wiker, Raymond Lam and Thomas Hughes swept the singles matches for Sequim. Wiker topped Pedro Gamara 6-2, 6-1 while Lam downed Jakobi Baumann, 6-0 and 6-2. Hughes also had a straight-set win, besting Nile Lockwood 6-2, 6-1.
In No. 1 doubles play, Tim Porter and Damon Little split two sets with Coupeville’s Will Nelson and Joey Lippo before falling 10-5 in a tiebreaker. The same fate befell Sequim’s No. 4 doubles team of Dustin Koch and Liam Braaten, who split two sets before falling 10-4 to Jaschon Baumann and Tiger Johnson.
The Wolves capped the regular season with a 4-3 home win against the Olympic Trojans, a finale that featured three, three-set matches.
Hughes and Wiker rebounded from a first-set loss to knock off Keaton Dean and Aidan Ortega, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3. Jonathan Heintz and Kevin Meyer added a win in No. 3 doubles play, topping Cody Conner and Chris Duckworth 6-2, 6-2. Braaten and Koch edged Brent Bohlman and Charlie Hennessy 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and Sam Frymyer locked up the win with a comeback victory in No. 3 singles play, beating Jarde Geier 1-6, 6-2 and 6-4. Braaten and Frymyer earned Sequim coach Mark Textor’s players of the match.
The Olympic League tournament is set for Oct. 18-19 at the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center in Bremerton.
Sequim sends two doubles teams and two singles players to the league tourney, with top players advancing to the West Central District tournament, set for Oct. 27-28 in Bremerton.
Vying for postseason berths in doubles play will be Sequim’s Hughes and Wiker, who have a combined 10-3 mark this season, along with Little and Porter, who are 8-5 as a doubles team this fall.
Lam (6-6) and Liam Payne (3-3) will battle for top spots in the singles bracket at the league tourney.
The top six doubles teams and singles players at districts advance to the 2A state tournament.