Perfection during the regular season was a reality for the Issaquah Eagles boys tennis team.
The Eagles captured the KingCo 4A regular season title, cruising to an 8-0 overall record in league play. Issaquah head coach Patrick Nam, who was in his first season as the team’s head coach, was ecstatic to see his team dominate KingCo.
“We had high hopes and we had some returners. We didn’t expect to go undefeated with a perfect record. That was definitely a great accomplishment for our team and was a pretty good year,” Nam said. “Newport has always been kind of the perennial league title winner.”
Nam, who coaches during the spring for the Newport Knights girls tennis squad, was also named the KingCo 4A boys tennis coach of the year. While Issaquah was the regular season champs, the Newport Knights boys tennis team won the KingCo 4A tournament on Oct. 11. The Eagles No. 1 doubles duo consisting of freshman players Charlie Suh/Lucas Pastor won the KingCo 4A doubles tournament.
“Our two best players were freshman and they are actually cousins,” Nam said of Suh/Pastor. “They travel and they play in tournaments year around and are high performance players. They play in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) which is the kind of the governing body for junior tennis.”
Nam was impressed with his No. 2 doubles squad of Richard Jia/Kobe Karausad during the 2017 season. The Jia/Karausad combination lost in the quarterfinals of the KingCo 4A tournament.
“They are juniors and will be back next year as team captains. They had a great tournament and almost made the semifinals,” he said.