Peninsula falls in close match to first-place Enumclaw Hornets

Senior Tiffany Lopez and Allie Barry stay undefeated

Staff writerMay 7, 2014 

Peninsula’s Nicole Lee prepares to send the ball back over the net in her doubles match against Enumclaw.

JON MANLEY/GATEWAY PHOTO

Enumclaw beat Peninsula on Thursday afternoon, 3-2, but a bright spot for the Seahawks was No. 2 singles player and senior Tiffany Lopez, who has yet to lose this year.

Lopez, who said she started playing tennis her freshman year, defeated Enumclaw’s Camille Sorenson 6-3, 6-2.

“It was something that intrigued me, because that’s how my parents met when they were younger,” Lopez said. “So, it was a really cool thing to play with my parents. I’ve always been taught by my parents and my coaches at Peninsula High School and they’ve always been wonderful.”

She attributes her undefeated record this year to her work ethic and attitude toward the sport, along with her competitive nature.

“I think what’s made me successful is that I just keep trying, even if I’m brought down, I keep trying and keep going,” Lopez said. “I keep working on my skills, I’ll stay out here way past practice and keep playing and playing and playing.”

While the Seahawks (6-4 overall, 5-3 SPSL 3A) are in second place in the league, it’s been difficult for them to get into a rhythm with all of this year’s rainouts.

“It’s definitely hard,” Lopez said. “We had a couple games where it’d be sunny, then it would rain, then we’d wait it out. Then it’d be sunny again, then it’d rain again, so we’d finally get rained out. It’s definitely been difficult with the weather.”

While the loss puts Enumclaw firmly in the league-title driver’s seat, the Seahawks are still pleased with the progress they’ve made this season.

“I think the team is doing great,” Lopez said. “I love that we work well together and I love that we have a really bonding team this year. I love that about us. I just think we’re doing great overall.”

Peninsula travels to Decatur on Friday before wrapping up the regular season schedule with Bonney Lake coming to town on Monday.

Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 jon.manley@gateline.com Twitter: @gateway_jon

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