Both of Sehome’s girls’ tennis doubles teams won their first two matches of the Class 2A State Tournament in straight sets on Friday, May 29, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Andrea Zucchi and Natalie Knops won their first match against North Kitsap 6-3, 6-1 and their second match against Ellensburg 6-2, 6-2. Taylor Harris and Simone Hall beat Sequim 6-0, 6-2 in the first match and Centralia 6-2, 6-1 in the second match.
“Both doubles teams played pretty well,” Sehome coach Bonna Giller said in a phone interview.
The Squalicum girls’ tennis duo of Kim and Rachel Dorr won their first two matches at state as well, defeating W.F. West in three sets in the first match and coming back to beat North Kitsap after dropping the first set.
“Being mentally tough was key for us,” Kim Dorr said in a phone interview. “We went out hard the entire time, played smart and played our game.”
The Dorr twins will face Sehome’s Zucchi and Knops in a semifinal match, a rematch of the Sub-district finals, which Zucchi and Knops won.
“It’s our time to redeem ourselves for that game,” Rachel Dorr said in a phone interview. “We have nothing to lose. Just play our hearts out. It’s state and we have to give it our all.”
Lauren Smith won both her matches on the first day in straight sets as well and has advanced to the semifinals. Andrea Clawson won her first match, but dropped the second match in three sets.
“Andrea had a tough time against her second opponent,” Giller said. “She will probably be in the championship match tomorrow.”
Max Shmotolokha won his two matches in straight sets for Sehome and will be playing in the semifinals tomorrow after defeating Sammamish’s Ethan Brady, an opponent Shmotolokha hasn’t beat until today.
“They played indoors on a fast surface and Max likes that,” Giller said. “I think he kind of surprised Ethan (Romney).”
Brady Anderson lost his first match, but came back to win his second to stay alive in the tournament.
Squalicum’s boys’ doubles team of Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley won their first match after dropping the first set. In the second match they lost in straight sets to move into the consolation bracket.
“We played a team we haven’t seen before from Pullman (in the first match),” Smiley said in a phone interview. “We dropped the first four games but started playing more as a team. We were down 3-5 in the third set and I told Drew (Segren) ‘Drew, we have to win this,’ and we came back to win 7-5.”
Bellingham’s boys’ doubles team of Nathan Pearsall and Logan Schilder defeated North Kitsap and Selah, two No. 1 seeds, in their first two matches of the state tournament. They will face a doubles team from Shorecrest in a rematch of the district championship last fall.
“I think we’re playing better than we did in the fall,” Bellingham coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview. “Their ability to come back and deal with adversity was impressive.”
The Ferndale girls’ doubles team of Carly Bannerman and Shelby Slaughter lost their first two matches at the Class 3A State Tournament in Kennewick.
The Class 2A State Championships will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.