Central Kitsap’s boys tennis took on Timberline at home Wednesday, and although the Cougars won 3-2, the winning team was not decided until the final match.
CK came into the matchup with two stars playing singles, Kai Junior and Marcus Brotsky. Although both have played as the top singles player in previous matchups, Junior got the nod because of how Timberline’s lineup matched up against the Cougs.
Junior dominated his opponent, Jose Torres, 6-2, 6-2. In both sets, Junior took an early 1-0 lead before pouring it on.
Central’s other top players, Mateo Castro and Nate Lander, headlined the top doubles matchup. Castro and Lander beat Timberline’s Jason Pham and Brayden Cowsert 6-3 in the first set.
But in the second set, the Cougars duo fell into a 4-1 hole. However, after some great volleys and rallies, Castro and Lander won the set and match 7-5.
Even though Timberline was on its heels, the visitors responded quickly. Timberline’s second doubles team, Glen Hwang and Noah Deligeannis, squeezed out a victory over CK’s Landon Frandsen and Luke Paul.
Timberline tied the team score 2-2 when the third doubles squad won in two sets.
The final outcome came down to Brotsky and Timberline’s Oliver Vanderwork. Brotsky looked to have the match under control, winning the first set easily 6-1. However, his rhythm disappeared, and Vanderwork took advantage, taking the second set 7-5.
Vanderwork took an early 3-0 lead in the third and final set over Brotsky because of several errors. Yet, Brotsky slowed down and simplified his game. His rhythm reappeared, and Brotsky won six-straight games, taking the third set 6-3 and giving CK the team victory.