Bottom of the order pulls Bremerton tennis past Olympic

Annemarie Herbert and Kyoko Kobayashi meet at the net to switch sides on Monday. - Photo by Wes Morrow
Annemarie Herbert and Kyoko Kobayashi meet at the net to switch sides on Monday.
— image credit: Photo by Wes Morrow

If you just came to watch the top ranked tennis players from the Bremerton vs. Olympic competition on Monday, you might have been surprised by the final score.

Olympic took both the top two singles matches as well as the top doubles match, but failed to come away with the team win as Bremerton took down the Trojans 4-3.

Bremerton’s Jayne Thompson beat Olympic’s Adrianne Lumagi for the third-ranked singles match, and the second-, third- and fourth-ranked doubles teams for Bremerton took away wins in their matches.

“The teams are pretty equally matched,” said Bremerton coach Bryan Webb.

Monday’s match was originally supposed to have been played last week, but was rescheduled due to an illness on the part of Webb coming out of spring break.

“When you’ve got all the rain-outs ...” said Olympic Coach Jeff Trainer, “(We’re) going to play eight matches for sure in the next two weeks.”

Olympic League tennis coaches are approaching what should be the middle of their season, despite having a number of games to make up.

In the first-ranked singles match, Bremerton’s Kyoko Kobayashi took on Olympic’s Annemarie Herbert. For the first set, the two looked exceptionally well-matched.

Kobayashi and Herbert were tied 5 games to 5 nearing the end of the first set. Herbert was able to pull out the last two games to take the set and never looked back.

Trainer said at the beginning of the match that Herbert looked frustrated.

“We haven’t been able to hit a lot lately and I think that probably had a little effect,” Trainer said. “But she’s starting to hit really nicely now and I think she’s in charge of a lot of these points.”

Trainer’s words proved true as Herbert ended any hope of the match being close with a dominating performance in the second set, taking all six games without losing a single one. In the end, Herbert won her match 7-5, 6-0.

Herbert said after the match that she was playing too tight during the first set. Once she settled in her shots started to fall and she started to settle down.

“I kept telling myself I was still in the game,” she said. “I need to stop getting so tight and getting so nervous.”

The Trojans’ second-ranked singles player also pulled out a win – Helina Johnson beat Bremerton’s Serenity Huntwork 6-2,-6-1. But it was the doubles where Bremerton really took down the Trojans.

Bremerton’s second-ranked doubles team, Ilene Winkley and Valerie Ebbay won their fourth straight match on Monday against Mydah Elpedes and Louren Beeker 6-1, 6-2.

Both Bremerton (2-3) and Olympic (1-5) have struggled to get team wins. Lack of depth in the roster has been one of the causes for that struggle, according to Trainer.

“There are a lot of beginners for both teams,” Webb said.

Coincidentally, both teams’ weakness – the depth chart, ended up deciding the outcome between the two rival schools.


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