W.F. West is off to its best start since 2018 after defeating Black Hills 6-0 on the road Tuesday.
The Bearcats (8-0) are now on an eight-game win streak and are 8-0 in league for the first time since the 2018 season, when they finished 11-2 overall and a perfect 8-0 in league. The Bearcats are now two matches away from completing an undefeated regular season for the first time in eight years.
On Tuesday, W.F. West junior Joseph Chung defeated Josh Do, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 1 singles. Freshman Justin Chung defeated Parker Anderson, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 2 singles and Black Hills forfeited No. 3 doubles.
On the doubles side, W.F. West’s No. 1 duo of Christian Iverson and Cade Cameron defeated Ryan Cokl and Lauri Calvert, 6-0, 7-5. In No. 2 doubles, W.F. West’s Jacob Blomdahl and Aaron Bogges defeated Harrison Dilon and Dylan Browne, 6-0, 6-0, while Gabe Cuestas and Nate Dahlin took a forfeit victory for the Bearcats in No. 3 doubles.
W.F. West traveled to Aberdeen on Wednesday and then finishes out the regular season at home against rival Centralia.
Centralia mixed up its lineup on Tuesday and coach Deb Keahey saw a few bright spots, despite the end result of a 6-0 EvCo loss in Grays Harbor.
Landon Kaut and Brandon Young, normally the top two singles players, teamed up for a doubles match, falling 6-4, 6-4 to Andrew Troeh and Kyle Miller.
“I was still pleased with their play,” Keahey said. “It was the first time we got together.”
Ryan Kane and Justin Kuykendall also played well, she noted, despite a 7-5, 7-5 loss in the No. 2 doubles slot.
Centralia’s normal No. 1 doubles team split up to play singles on Tuesday. Isaac Parkin, playing in the top singles slot, lost 6-3, 7-6 to Colton Faulkner, while Conner Odell lost 6-1, 6-1 to Ashton Swope in the No. 2 singles match.
“We tried something new and I was pleased with the results, even though it didn’t result in a win,” Keahey said. “I think this late in the season we’re just getting ready for sub-districts and, hopefully, districts, so we’re just trying some things out.”
The Tigers took just six players to the match and forfeited the No. 3 singles and doubles matches.
Centralia hosted Black Hills on Wednesday and plays at W.F. West on Friday.