Mount Si boys’ tennis season finishes solid despite season-ending defeat to Newport

Good Thursday morning. We’ll get to volleyball a little later and the night that was for Mount Si and Cedarcrest as both teams played key league matches last night.

Mount Si High School’s boys tennis program celebrated Senior Day earlier this week, recognizing their seven seniors for their efforts in the program. L-R: Seniors Pietro Gardino, Cole Price, Quinlan White-Aclain, Hayden Kirwin, Isaac Edson, William Spellman, & Kaidan Pop. (Photo courtesy Mount Si Boys Tennis/Coach Cassie Bomgardner)

We’re, however, going to talk a little tennis now, since we haven’t done that this fall. Mount Si High School’s boys’ tennis team is having a solid season. They posted a win over Sammamish Monday.

Mount Si took five of the seven matches that were contested in the overall competition. Singles winners were Nevada Simpson, who beat Totem Gavin Forac 6-1, 7-5, and Will Spellman, who rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tiger Nguyen. Spellman was one of several players honored Monday on Senior Day with it being the final home match at Mount Si for the regular season, and coach Cassie Bomgardner had nothing but positive words to say about her team’s co-captain.

“His pure natural athleticism amazes me. He is so calm and patient on the court and makes everything look so effortless while frustrating his opponents left and right. They blast what they think are winning shots and Will comes back with a better answer for the point,” Bomgardner told us by email. But Spellman isn’t just getting it done on the court, he’s getting it done in the classroom too. “Special shout out to Will for academically being at the top of his class (in high contention to be valedictorian of his senior class).” In other words, this means his GPA is at or very near 4.0, so a very gifted student for sure that will have a future anywhere it takes him.

Three doubles teams from the Wildcats also won their matches. The duo of Isaac Edson and Pietro Gardino handled Sammamish’s duo of Hunter Grimsted and Timothy Zeng 7-6, 6-2, while the Mount Si pair of Hayden Kirwin and Kaidan Popp took care of business with Totems Luke Tseng and Ashvath Prekumar, 6-4, 6-2. The third Wildcat twosome, Peter Riley and Will Harris, routed Sammamish’s duo of Aidan Adams and Courteney Blake 6-1, 6-2.

The Edson/Gardino duo has been a good one this year, and has a little international flavor to it as Gardino is a foreign exchange student from Italy. Both are seniors, with Edson already accepted to study at the University of Iowa next year. “These two players compliment each other so well and have challenged the top doubles teams in the league,” Bomgardner told us. “Together is the keyword. They have really grown this season as a doubles team which has been so fun to see this season.”

The whole team earned praise from their coach. “It has been such a pleasure watching these players not only grow stronger individually and improve but come together as one team,” Bomgardner told us. “Representing Mount Si proud.”

She continued, “What a special season showing amazing support and camaraderie for one another has been a wonderful thing to go through with these fine young athlete tennis players. Their sportsmanship not only with one another but with all other opponents has been top-notch. Win or lose, the thing that brings me the greatest joy is to see each and every one of them having fun this season.”

The squad finished the season Tuesday falling at Newport to drop to 4-5 in league, 5-5 overall. The team exchanged wins and losses to start the season, beating Woodinville, North Creek and Redmond but falling to both Inglemoor and Eastlake. Last Wednesday, the Wildcats beat Bothell before losing to both Skyline and Issaquah to close out last week.

The Kingco Tournament is next Tuesday and Wednesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish, then if any Mount Si players advance out of the first rounds of play there, then it picks up next Friday and Saturday at the Edgebrook Club in south Bellevue.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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