Trudel takes Narrows title for second time

TACOMA — Fighting back pain from an injured Achilles tendon, Bremerton senior Joel Trudel won his second consecutive Narrows League boys tennis singles title on Oct. 22 at the University of Puget Sound.

Now he and teammate Josh Scheving have plenty of time to rest and practice before the West Central District III tournament next May.

Trudel’s title came after a hard-fought match with Olympia’s Eric DeBusschere who entered the tournament ranked No. 1. Trudel, despite being the reigning Narrows champ, was seeded No. 2 by the league coaches.

After winning the first set 6-3, Trudel’s injury reared up in a second-set tiebreaker which he lost 6-7 (8-6.) After icing his injured ankle, Trudel kicked up his serves to win the deciding set 6-4.

That second-set loss to DeBusschere, a sophomore, was the first and last gaffe in the entire tournament for Trudel. He easily handled Olympia sophomore Andrew Sing 6-1, 6-3 and Bellarmine Prep freshman Zack Jignati 6-0, 6-0 on the tournament’s opening day.

That set Trudel up for a meeting on Day 2 with Bellarmine sophomore Paul Namkoong in the semifinals where he plowed through 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

Scheving, who’s also a senior, opened the tournament up easily enough with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Shelton freshman Peter Chaffey. That moved him into the quarterfinals where he lost to DeBusschere 6-3, 6-1.

Facing elimination, Scheving came back strong in the consolation bracket with a 6-2, 6-4 win against North Kitsap junior Jordan Prince.

The second day of the tournament saw Scheving open up strong in the first set with a 6-3 win against Capital freshman Andrew Blackner before wilting 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) over the final two sets. Then facing elimination for a second time, Scheving qualified for the seventh, and final, district spot with a 6-3, 6-4 downing of Gig Harbor junior Ryan Kelly.

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