Issaquah, Liberty doubles tennis teams take second in state

May 28, 2013

Issaquah and Liberty high schools each sent doubles’ tennis teams to the state tournament this year, and each returned home with hardware.

The Liberty High School duo of Kristy Braunston and Jenny Adams took second place at the 3A state tournament in Kennewick. They are the first Patriots in school history to make state.

Braunston and Adams won three straight matches to reach the state finals in a rematch of the KingCo and District championships.

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Patriots tennis duo punches ticket to state

May 21, 2013

At the beginning of the spring sports season, the Liberty tennis team’s top two singles’ players approached coach Mike Salokas and informed him that they were going to make the state tournament this year, and they were going to do it as a doubles team.

Fast forward just a few months later, and it appears that Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston are geniuses as they prepare to head to Kennewick to compete in the state championship May 24 and 25.

By Greg Farrar Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

By Greg Farrar
Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

“My greatest coaching accomplishment this year is saying OK to them playing doubles in the KingCo tournament,” Salokas said.

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Liberty’s doubles team advances to districts

May 14, 2013

The Liberty High School doubles tennis team of Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston made history at the KingCo tournament.

The duo took second place, good for the No. 2 seed to the district tournament held May 14 and 15 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.

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Skyline cruises to win over Eastlake

April 23, 2013

After having two of its singles matches decided in tie-breaking sets, the Skyline High School tennis team beat Eastlake 6-1 April 16.

“Skyline’s our rival. Obviously, we want to win, and when we can’t win, we want to put up a good match,” said the Eastlake Wolves’ coach Bud Peterson. “They are a good team. We had our hands full from the get-go.”

Thanks to inclement weather, including hail earlier that day, the match almost didn’t happen. Giving the court extra time to dry out, the two neighboring teams got started about 30 minutes late. Once they did, though, many of the girls found themselves face-to-face with very familiar opponents.

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.  By Lillian O’Rorke

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.
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Sammamish Tennis Club wins national championship

April 16, 2013

By Jane Clemente From left, Bill Hubbard, Yuko Matsuda, Mark Bennett, Sharon Jaeger, Mick Jaeger, Jed Moffitt and Kelly Terry are inducted into the Champions Club for the Sammamish Tennis Club’s last season.

By Jane Clemente
From left, Bill Hubbard, Yuko Matsuda, Mark Bennett, Sharon Jaeger, Mick Jaeger, Jed Moffitt and Kelly Terry are inducted into the Champions Club for the Sammamish Tennis Club’s last season.

The Sammamish Tennis Club played its final match Feb. 28, but went out with a bang, according to a press release from the club. In a tournament held in Chattanooga, Tenn., from March 20-24, the Sammamish Tennis Club mixed doubles team secured a National Tennis Championship title.

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Overmatched Liberty falls to Interlake, 7-0

April 9, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jenny Adams, Liberty High School junior, volleys against Isabelle Long, of Interlake, during warmups for their April 3 match at Tibbetts Valley Park.

By Greg Farrar
Jenny Adams, Liberty High School junior, volleys against Isabelle Long, of Interlake, during warmups for their April 3 match at Tibbetts Valley Park.

When Liberty High School tennis player Jenny Adams is at the top of her game, she can easily defeat an opponent in 30 to 40 minutes, she estimated.

Her April 3 matchup against Interlake’s Isabelle Long took nearly two hours, though, and unfortunately for Adams, ended in defeat.

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Skyline loses pre-season tennis match

March 19, 2013

With nearly all of its players new, the Skyline High School girls tennis team is starting fresh this year.

Mercer Island, on the other hand, is not. It beat the Skyline Spartans, 6-1, in a March 14 preseason match.

“Definitely, the skill set on Mercer Island is higher than ours,” said Bettina Gehle, head coach of the Spartans. “They are more aggressive. They are more demanding on the court.”

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Liberty High School tennis team falls to Lake Washington

September 25, 2012

The Liberty High School boys tennis team was blanked 7-0 by a solid Lake Washington team in a Sept. 20 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

The Patriots came into the match with a 1-1 conference record after they defeated Juanita on Sept. 18.

Liberty coach Mike Salokas said Lake Washington was the stronger team that day, but he’s optimistic about the future of his young squad.

“We have a solid, kind of young team,” he said. “I think the future looks very bright for Liberty High School. We have some learning to do, we have somewhat of a bumpy road ahead but again, I’m optimistic about the future.”

Robinswood qualifies for national tennis tournament

August 14, 2012

The Robinswood 18U Advanced Junior Tennis team defeated Mercer Island to win the Pacific Northwest Sectional Championship Aug. 11-12.

Among the Robinswood players was Issaquah High School senior Samantha Garrard who won sixth place in the state doubles tournament in May along with her partner Kelsey Wilson.

The team will represent the northwest in the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championship in Columbia, S.C., in late October.

Issaquah Eagles tennis duo takes sixth in state doubles

May 29, 2012

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.

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