Issaquah Eagles tennis duo takes sixth in state doubles

May 29, 2012

By Matt Carstens

It was sunny, hot and windy in the Tri Cities on May 26 when the undefeated, KingCo champion Issaquah girls tennis team took sixth place at the 4A state tournament.

The duo of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson took the doubles court in the semifinals and lost a three-set match to Kamiak High School.

“The girls played really well,” head coach Shannon Small said. “They got to the semis and then played a really tough opponent. It was a long, emotional match and we didn’t come out the winner. Then, we played for third and sixth and we got sixth.”

Small was extremely proud of the two, and noted the conditions were less than ideal.

“They did really well given the conditions,” she said. “And given the fact that you’re staying in a hotel, and you’re tired. They played great as a team, I was so proud of how they handled themselves. Their sportsmanship, just everything about what they did spoke of a champion to me, whether they walked away with the first or the sixth medal.”

Their road to the semis consisted of beating Kentwood, 2-0, in the opening round and Davis, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. After losing to Kamiak, 2-1, in a back-and-fourth battle that went 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, Issaquah had to turn right around and play Garfield, which they lost in two sets, 6-2, 6-4.

“They basically played a three-and-a-half-hour match, turned around three minutes later and had to play again,” Small said. “They were just beat. And it was sunny and hot, their feet were all blistered, it was just a long day. I think they did really well.”

With the incredible undefeated season in the rear-view mirror, Small said she is very excited for what lies on the road ahead.

“I fully expect them to be back at state next year,” she said. “I think it looks great, I think they’ll be back absolutely. They were 10-0 this year, they took second in districts, they took sixth in state. I definitely think they’ll be back. I think they’ll go even farther next year, too.”

Skyline players lose in early rounds

Skyline High School’s Aman Manji lost in the first round of the double-elimination tournament to second-place finisher Kent Andreasen, of Skyview, 6-4, 6-2. He then rallied and defeated Bellarmine Prep’s Connor Brown, 6-1, 6-1. Manji lost a hard-fought match to Tom Geranion, of Ferris, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

On the girls’ side, Skyline’s Theresa Huang lost in the first round May 25 to Jelena Vidovic, of Union, 6-4, 6-2.

Later that day, Huang beat Alexis Gregerson, of Mount Rainer, 6-2, 6-3. Huang then lost to Kylee Tyler-Breimon, of Battle Ground, 6-3, 6-4. Huang did not officially place in the tournament.

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