All-Whatcom County girls' tennis capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 12, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LAUREN SMITH

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

What she did: Finished second at the Class 2A State Tournament a year removed from winning a doubles state title. ... Won bi-district and sub-district titles. ... Won 24 straight singles matches before losing to Yakima West Valley's Chloe Goyette in the state title match, finishing with a 25-1 overall record. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

COACH OF THE YEAR

BONNA GILLER

School: Sehome

What she did: Guided an unbelievably talented Sehome girls' tennis team to a Class 2A State Tournament title with 41 points - a new all-classifications tournament record. ... Advanced nine players to state. ... Helped the Mariners win a Northwest Conference title with an 8-0 record and went 15-0 overall. ... Coached Sehome's doubles team of Lizzie Friesen and Simone Hall to a 2A State Tournament doubles title.

FIRST TEAM

ANDREA CLAWSON

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

What she did: As team captain, Clawson played an integral role in helping Sehome reach its potential. ... Received a tough draw and finished with a 1-2 record at the Class 2A State Tournament after winning a doubles state title last season. ... Finished 20-4 overall and went undefeated during the regular season. ... Finished second at bi-district and sub-district tournaments, losing to teammate Lauren Smith both times in the final. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

LIZZIE FRIESEN

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

What she did: Paired with teammate Simone Hall to win a Class 2A State Tournament doubles title, following in the footsteps of defending Sehome doubles champs Lauren Smith and Andrea Clawson. ... Beat teammates Madison and Taylor Harris to win title. ... Won a sub-district doubles title and placed second at district. ... Played No. 3 singles all year, finishing with a 13-1 record and was 23-2 overall. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points..

SIMONE HALL

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

What she did: Paired with teammate Lizzie Friesen to win a Class 2A State Tournament doubles title, following in the footsteps of defending Sehome doubles champs Lauren Smith and Andrea Clawson. ... Beat teammates Madison and Taylor Harris to win title. ... Won a sub-district and doubles title and placed second at district. ... Played No. 4 singles all year, finishing with a 15-0 record and was 25-1 overall. ... Has gone 29-0 in singles the past two seasons ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

MADISON HARRIS

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

What she did: Put together another strong doubles season with sister Taylor Harris, this time placing second during the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Lost to teammates Lizzie Friesen and Simone Hall in the state title match. ... Placed second at the sub-district tournament and won a district title. ... Played No. 1 doubles all season, finishing with a 22-3 overall record. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

TAYLOR HARRIS

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

What she did: Put together another strong doubles season with sister Madison Harris, this time placing second during the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Lost to teammates Lizzie Friesen and Simone Hall in the state title match. ... Placed second at the sub-district tournament and won a district title. ... Played No. 1 doubles all season, finishing with a 22-3 overall record. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

ELLIE IWERSEN

School: Bellingham

Year: Freshman

What she did: Quickly made an impression at the varsity level as a freshman, teaming with Catie Welch to earn a Class 2A State Tournament alternate spot after placing fourth at the district tournament. ... Played in the Red Raiders' No. 1 doubles spot all season. ... Finished fourth at sub-district. ... Ended season with 20-4 doubles record went 21-5 overall. ... Helped Bellingham go 14-2 and finish second in the Northwest Conference with a 7-1 record.

NATALIE KNOPS

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

What she did: Joined forces with teammate Emily Webster to finish sixth at the Class 2A State Tournament after posting a 2-2 record. ... Lost to teammates Madison and Taylor Harris in the state semifinals. ... Placed third at the sub-district and district tournaments. ... Played No. 2 doubles with Webster all season and put together a 24-4 record overall. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

ALI MORROW

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

What she did: Won three straight singles matches after losing her first match during the Class 2A State Tournament to earn a fifth-place finish. ... Finished fourth at sub-district and third at bi-district tournaments. ... Played predominately No. 3 doubles with teammate Andrea Zucchi during the regular season, posting a 14-0 record. ... Changed to singles for the postseason, went 9-4 and finished with a 23-4 overall record. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

KIRA VAZORKA

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What she did: Starred as Bellingham's No. 1 singles player all season, replacing former standout Bella Hoyos. ... Qualified for the Class 2A State Tournament as an alternate after placing fourth in singles at the district tournament. ... Placed third at the sub-district tourney. ... Played her best tennis toward the end of the season and finished with a 16-8 overall record. ... Helped Bellingham go 14-2 overall and finish second in the Northwest Conference with a 7-1 record.

EMILY WEBSTER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

What she did: Excelled in her first year of Sehome varsity tennis and was the Mariners' lone senior on a very young team. ... Joined teammate Natalie Knops to finish sixth in the Class 2A State Tournament after posting a 2-2 record. ... Lost to teammates Madison and Taylor Harris in the state semis. ... Placed third at both the sub-district and district tournaments. ... Played No. 2 doubles with Knops all season and put together a 24-4 record overall. ... Helped Sehome win a state championship and set a new state tournament all-classifications record with 41 team points.

CATIE WELCH

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What she did: Joined freshman newcomer Ellie Iwersen to form one of the top doubles pairings in the Northwest Conference. ... Played in the Red Raiders' No. 1 doubles position all year and qualified for the Class 2A State Tournament as an alternate after finishing fourth in doubles at the district tournament. ... Finished fourth at sub-district. .... Ended season with a 20-4 doubles record and was 21-4 overall. ... Helped Bellingham go 14-2 overall and finish second in the Northwest Conference with a 7-1 record.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Alex Schulhouser Lynden

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Ashley Spink Bellingham

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