Carly Bannerman and Shelby Slaughter opened up their Class 3A District Tournament play on Tuesday, May 19, at Arlington High School.
The No. 1-seeded duo from the north division faced off against Shorewood High School’s Ellie Allen-Hatch and Emily Wright in the first round of the tournament. Bannerman and Slaughter took the first set of the match with a dominant 6-1 score. But the two dropped the next two sets by a score of 2-6 to lose the first match at districts.
“Our girls absolutely fell off and lost,” Ferndale coach Ed Sweitzer said in a phone interview.
Following the loss, the duo dropped into the consolation bracket. In the first match of consolation, Bannerman and Slaughter played against Arlington’s doubles team consisting of Bella Tift and Hannah Scarth.
The two looked to be back to their original selves, beating Arlington in two straight sets by scores of 6-3 and 6-2. But Sweitzer knows the two can play better going into tomorrow’s matches.
“They bounced back, but still didn’t play well,” he said. “They had spurts of their old selves. But didn’t play up to their standards.”
Bannerman and Slaughter will kick off the second day at the district tournament with a match against the loser of Anna Sneesby and Marissa Johnson from Glacier Peak HIgh School, and Myint-Zu Kyaw and Hanna Rehnfeldt from Edmonds-Woodway High School. If the two can win their first match tomorrow, then they will play in the third place match in a winner-to-state, loser-out match.
And in order to do that, they’ll need to speed up their game.
“They looked slow and a little sluggish with their racquets and their feet,” Sweitzer said. “They need to speed their game up. Both had numerous chances to put the ball away, but didn’t get anything on their shots. They weren’t them, I can’t explain it.”
The 3A district tournament will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Arlington High School.