Juneau-Douglas High School tennis coach Amy Skilbred likened last weekend's Alyeska Pipeline/Fairbanks High School Tennis Invitational to playing an entire season in just two days.
Given those unusual circumstances, the Crimson Bears should feel proud about their short-season accomplishments.
JDHS battled six different teams Friday and Saturday in Fairbanks and finished with a 3-2-1 record, beating Monroe, Eielson and Lathrop's junior varsity team.
"What happened with our teams is that they're playing their first real matches in a year," Skilbred said. "As the weekend progressed, they just keep getting stronger because they're able to play more matches and get used to pressure situations."
The Crimson Bears competed in a team-tennis format, in which there were boys and girls' singles and doubles matches and two mixed doubles matches. The team was awarded one point for each match victory, and the team with the most points following the six matches won.
JDHS opened play Friday with a 5-1 victory over the Malemutes' junior varsity. The Bears then dropped a 5-1 decision to Lathrop's varsity.
On Saturday, Juneau was swept 6-0 by West Valley, the eventual overall champions.
"It was much closer than the scores indicated," Skilbred said. "There were good matches on every court.
The Crimson Bears battled a combination of North Pole and West Valley's junior varsity to a 3-3 tie. Juneau then finished the competition Saturday by defeating both Monroe and Eielson by 5-1 scores.
"I was pleased with the way everyone played and handled themselves," Skilbred said. "It's a great group of kids to travel with."
Brian Crowder, Kaelen Knutson-Lombardo and Nathan Woodring alternated between singles and doubles for the Crimson Bears, while sophomores Lyndsey Kelly and Dream Suchitbharabitya alternated playing girls singles.
Becca Freer, Molly Trostel, Lauren Hopson, Jeff Borneman and Steffan Wilcox played doubles and mixed doubles for the Bears.
Juneau-Douglas recently added a second tournament to its schedule and will play in Anchoarge on the weekend of Oct. 14.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reaches at email@example.com
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