Interior tennis teams shine on the court for the season-opener

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) With school back in session, several fall sports are getting underway. The third high school sport to begin was the tennis season, which kicked off Tuesday with four Interior schools in action.

Monroe hosted Lathrop at the Dan Ramras courts but were swept by the Malemutes 6-0. Winners of the boys single matches were Luke Millam and Jagan Nautiyal, while Millam and Zach Plys took the boys doubles for the Malemutes. The girls winners in singles for LHS were Ashley Plys and Helen Wharton. Wharton is coming off of a conference title and an appearance to the state tournament. Monroe pushed Lathrop in the mixed doubles, as the match went to tie-breakers. Ashley Plys and Fletcher Burnnett came back to win in the last two sets to take the mixed doubles victory for Lathrop.

"I am pretty proud of our players," Lathrop tennis coach Brett Carlson said. "We have a lot of players that went down this summer to different tennis camps, they came out to FTA (Fairbanks Tennis Association)camps over the summer, so it was really good to see that they're improving, getting better."

Over at North Pole High, West Valley took the win on the day overall, winning five of seven matches. For North Pole, Luke Roehrig and Sarah Beaver won boys and girls single matches respectively, while West Valley's Axton Siekman and Klara Kondrack also took individual victories. Wolfpacks' Fin and Eli Ludwigg took the boys doubles, while Jordan Dick and Morgan Eli took the girls doubles for West Valley. The Pack also won the mixed doubles match, as Sam Stark and Aiden Payah won in straight sets.

Patriots coach Daniel Kline touched on this year's turnout to years past.

"Last year, we had a decent team and a decent following, but this year we have 16 people overall which is way more than we need, and they're all excited and they're all learning a lot of stuff, so I love it," Kline said. "Seeing all the people here, it is really good to see all the support too."

Hutch Tennis will get their season going on Thursday when they host the Rams, while West Valley and Lathrop will also battle it out on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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