Sehome's girls' tennis has had a fantastic season and for the nine girls still fighting for the Mariners, they still won't give up. All nine players for Sehome positioned themselves on Tuesday, May 20, to qualify for state. The only team to beat the Mariners? Sehome.
Sehome's Andrea Clawson won both her matches to move to the final where she will face off against Sehome's Lauren Smith. In doubles, the final will be Sehome's duo of Madison Harris/Taylor Harris against Sehome's Lizzie Friesen/Simone Hall.
"We had an exceptional day," Sehome coach Bonna Giller said in a phone interview. "All the kids played really well."
All the success was kickstarted by Sehome's Ali Morrow, who upset Lake Washington's Marissa Kirk in the first round in straight sets.
"She stuck to her gameplan," Giller said. "That was a big win for Ali. That started us off with our day."
Bellingham's Kira Vazorka won her first round matchup before falling to Smith in round two. Catie Welch and Ellie Iwerson also got a win for the Red Raiders in round one.
On Wednesday, state qualifiers will be determined and Sehome has a good shot of moving a lot of girls on.
"We've had a great year, but, for us, it's not over," Giller said. "Once they are on the court, it's all business. They do not rest on their laurels. They play with a lot of confidence, but they're not cocky. They just play tough tennis.
Singles: Round 1: Ali Morrow (Sehome) def. Marissa Kirk (Lake Washington) 6-0, 6-3; Andrea Clawson (Sehome) def. Sharada Tangirala (Lake Washington) 6-2, 6-1; Kira Vazorka (Bellingham) def. Sara Tamai (Lake Washington) 6-0, 6-2; Lauren Smith (Sehome) def. Ha Nguyen (Sammamish) 6-0, 6-1; Round 2: Andrea Clawson (Sehome) def. Ali Morrow (Sehome) 6-1, 6-0; Lauren Smith (Sehome) def. Kira Vazorka (Bellingham) 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles: Round 1: Catie Welch/Ellie Iwerson (Bellingham) def. Lynch/Muenz (Lake Washington) 6-0, 6-2; Taylor Harris/Madison Harris (Sehome) def. Arndt/Gresli (Granite Falls) 6-0, 6-0; Natalie Knops/Emily Webster (Sehome) def. Nguyen/Anderson (Lake Washington) 6-1, 6-0; Lizzie Friesen/Simone Hall (Sehome) def. Gantulga/McCormack (Sammamish) 6-0, 6-0; Round 2: Harris/Harris (Sehome) def. Welch/Iwerson (Bellingham) 6-0, 6-2; Friesen/Hall (Sehome) def. Knops/Webster (Sehome) 6-4, 6-4.