FERNDALE'S DUO FALLS SHORT
Ferndale's girls' tennis was two matches away from sending Carly Bannerman and Shelby Slaughter to state. After losing a heartbreaker in the second round of the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament on Tuesday, May 20, the Bannerman/Slaughter duo fell to Shorecrest's doubles team of Lauren Rutter and Rachel Stevens on Wednesday, May 21, at Stanwood.
Ferndale was up in the first set, but Shorecrest came back to win it 7-5. The Golden Eagles lost another close set in the second, falling 6-4.
"It was a tough one," Ferndale coach Ed Sweitzer said in a phone interview. "I couldn't be prouder."
The Golden Eagles also drew attention from all the coaches at the tournament, going from relatively unknown to surprise competitors, Sweitzer said.
"All the coaches we're talking about how well they played," Sweitzer said. "I don't think any coach down there wouldn't want these girls on their team."
The season ended for the Golden Eagles with the loss, but the duo knows they will get another shot next season.
"They're amazingly close," Sweitzer said. "They are excited about next year and want to show everyone they deserve to get to state."
CLASS 3A NORTHWEST DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
Doubles: Lauren Rutter/Rachel Stevens (Shorecrest) def. Carly Bannerman/Shelby Slaughter (Ferndale) 7-5, 6-4.