Ferndale doubles team Carly Bannerman and Shelby Slaughter won two matches, including a come-from-behind final, to win a Class 3A Wesco North Division Sub-District Tournament title Thursday, May 14, at Stanwood High School.
Bannerman and Slaughter beat Stanwood’s Abby Spencer and Kiki Dillon 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals before rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 championship win over Stanwood duo Kylie Stevens and Aleshia Piazzi.
“I honestly think they beat them out of sheer determination,” Ferndale coach Ed Sweitzer said in a phone interview. “They didn’t play great, but they played good enough to win. Their determination pulled them through.”
Singles player Juliana Gholam was defeated 6-4, 6-0 and was eliminated, as was Ferndale doubles team of Sofia Chahine and Hailey Schulz, which lost 6-0, 6-1.
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Bannerman and Slaughter will need to finish in the top three at next week’s Class 3A District Tournament starting 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Arlington High School, to reach the state tournament. The pair, Sweitzer said, are looking to become the first Ferndale doubles team in school history to advance to state.