Issaquah High School’s Jackson Suh captures KingCo tennis title

November 4, 2014

The Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis tournament was supposed to last three days, but heavy rain stretched it to five.

By Greg Farrar Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

By Greg Farrar
Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

The weather delays didn’t seem to bother Issaquah High School sophomore Jackson Suh, who outlasted all of his competitors to win the singles bracket Nov. 1 at Skyline High School.

Suh, the runner-up at last season’s state tournament, cruised through his four matches en route to the KingCo title, and will now have several months to rest up and hone his game before the state event in May.

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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Skyline boys tennis team sweeps aside Mount Si

October 7, 2014

When you’re clearly more talented than your opponent, it’s often difficult for a tennis player to stay mentally sharp.

By Neil Pierson Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

By Neil Pierson
Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

It’s a phenomenon Skyline High School junior Nikita Moroz experienced in his match with Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin. Moroz was belting serves and cross-court forehands, and his opponent was struggling to get the ball back over the net.

Moroz didn’t get complacent, and he finished off a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in the No. 1 singles slot to lead Skyline past visiting Mount Si, 7-0, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis match Oct. 1.

“Sometimes you sort of drift off, and you don’t really feel like you’re in the match,” Moroz said of winning easily.

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Eagles make a racket at tennis match

September 16, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

Patriot powers through KingCo tourney

May 20, 2014

Jenny Adams takes second at KingCo tennis tournament

 

Jenny Adams, Liberty High School senior, volleys against Interlake’s Lina Larson during the first set of her 3A KingCo Championship tennis final May 15. By Greg Farrar

Jenny Adams, Liberty High School senior, volleys against Interlake’s Lina Larson during the first set of her 3A KingCo Championship tennis final May 15. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School tennis player Jenny Adams is going solo this year.

Almost a year after she took second place in the state’s doubles tournament alongside Kristy Braunston, Adams delved into the 2014 postseason as a singles player.

The switch came with a few nerves, Liberty tennis coach Mike Salokas said, but you wouldn’t know it after Adams earned second place in the KingCo 3A tennis tournament May 15.

“Jenny was a little uncomfortable going into the KingCo tournament,” Salokas said. “Last year, she and Kristy Braunston teamed in doubles and had great success in the postseason.”

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Girls tennis titles on the line at KingCo

May 20, 2014

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

The 28 singles players and 28 doubles teams that converged on the Skyline High School tennis courts last week knew they’d have to be on top of their games.

At the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships, only the two finalists in singles and doubles were guaranteed berths into the state tournament, while the third-place finisher had to win a crossover match with a Wesco Conference foe to get there.

As it turned out, the competition wasn’t the only thing that proved daunting over the course of the three-day event. Eighty-degree temperatures greeted the players in the afternoons, making fitness even more vital.

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Spartans wallop Wolves in KingCo girls tennis

April 29, 2014

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar lines up a forehand shot during her three-set victory over Eastlake’s Kayla Lee on April 22 in a KingCo Conference girls tennis match.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar lines up a forehand shot during her three-set victory over Eastlake’s Kayla Lee on April 22 in a KingCo Conference girls tennis match.

Tarika Sivakumar and Rianna Eduljee had never played together before, but the Skyline High School tennis duo looked like old pros when they hit the court last week.

Eduljee, a junior, and Sivakumar, a sophomore, were paired up in the No. 1 doubles slot when Skyline hosted Eastlake April 22 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

Eduljee and Sivakumar had relatively little trouble beating Alison Tran and Angela Zou, winning 6-4, 6-0 to lead the Spartans to a 7-0 victory over the Wolves.

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Liberty nets season’s first conference win

September 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

By Greg Farrar
Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

In the first set of Marek Pierepiekarz’s Sept. 12 match against Juanita’s Branden Nokes, the Liberty High School sophomore was in complete control.

As the sun beat down and the sweat began to bead across his forehead, Pierepiekarz twirled his tennis racket with ease between serves while making quick work of Nokes on the way to a 6-0 first-set victory at the Tibbetts Park Tennis Courts.

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Girls tennis teams are double trouble at state

June 4, 2013

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

The top doubles tennis teams from Liberty and Issaquah high schools had a lot in common this season.

Both teams paired a senior with a junior. Issaquah’s girls team consisted of senior Sam Garrard and junior Kelsey Wilson, while Liberty had a similar duo of senior Kristy Braunston and junior Jenny Adams.

The teams each took second place at the KingCo championship. Garrard and Wilson finished second to Garfield in the 4A tournament, while Braunston and Adams fell to Mercer Island in the 3A competition.

Finally, in what was a rematch of the KingCo championship for both teams, each earned second-place medals in the state tournament.

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