Wolves continue to defy odds

Eric Bergeson is having a hard time knowing what chapter the South Kitsap High School boys tennis team is on during this storybook season.

The Wolves reeled off their eighth straight win Thursday with a 4-1 victory over North Kitsap at the SK tennis courts.

The win improved SK’s record to 10-3 overall, 9-2 in the Narrows League.

SK has continued its quest for the all-important third-place finish in the league.

The top three teams in the Narrows League team automatically advance three singles players and three doubles teams to the Narrows League tournament, whereas the teams 4-16 only advance two singles and two doubles.

SK all but solidified its goal of third place after soundly defeating Olympia Tuesday 4-1.

Olympia and SK entered the match tied for third place, but now Olympia must win out and hope SK loses two of its last three matches in order to get third place.

Bergeson said he doesn’t see that happening.

“We should finish 12-2,” Bergeson said. “These guys have been working hard and winning with class.”

What’s gratified Bergeson the most is how all of his players have stepped up since No.1 singles player Brandon Adams was suspended last month.

It was anticipated he would return to the team sometime next week, but Bergeson said Adams has some soul searching to do before he makes it back.

Meanwhile the SK boys continue to just win.

No. 1 singles player Kevin Yoder continued his winning ways against North Kitsap’s Carson Lang with an easy 6-1, 6-4 win.

Samir Mehio, a recent addition to the team, has been playing well at No. 2 singles, though he lost a tough three-setter to Reid Ahman 2-6, 7-6, 2-6.

Having Mehio in singles allowed Kyle Penn to move out of singles and back with his partner Adam Bennett, who have played well together at No. 1 doubles.

They earned a pair of wins against Olympia and Port Angeles as the No. 2 doubles team, but are now solidified at No. 1.

It took Bennett and Penn three sets to defeat NK’s Jeff Deeter and Chris Lucas.

After easily winning the first set 6-1, NK came back to win 6-4.

But the SK duo came back to capture the third set 6-4.

SK’s Jeremy Drake and Steve Dole won their No. 2 doubles match 6-0, 6-1 against Justin Driscoll and Aaron Boog.

Ryan Austin and Doug Lyman made quick work of NK’s Colton Bangs and Spencer Thomas in No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-2.

Bergeson said he couldn’t be happier with the way his team has played over the last month.

“A lot of guys have had to play with different partners and nobody has complained,” Bergeson said. “They’ve gone after it and found ways to win. To lose one of your top two players and still come out and win is a testament to these guys.”

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