In order to advance to the sub-district championship matches on Monday, May 9, both singles and doubles players had to win two matches in a row on Saturday, May 7.
Squalicum’s Catherine Michilutti breezed past her opponents in both matches, winning 6-0, 6-0 each time to secure a spot in the final. She’ll face Kassidee Beuse from Sedro-Woolley on Monday to decide who enters the District Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Bellingham coach Steve Chronister watched Michilutti play Saturday and said she’s a very accomplished player.
“She has beautiful groundstrokes,” Chronister said. “She can hit them with authority and where she wants them to go.”
In the doubles’ bracket, Bellingham’s duo of Ellie Iwersen and Oriana LoCicero battled their teammates Sophia Lawrence and Alice Hibbert to determine who would face Sehome’s Lauren Smith and Andrea Zucchi for the No. 1 seed. The match between Iwersen/LoCicero and Lawrence/Hibbert ended with a final score of 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and lasted three hours, according to Chronister.
“They got their money’s worth,” Chronister said. “I though it was a great iron sharpens iron situation where they were making each other better.”
Play is scheduled to resume at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Sehome. The top six finishers in each draw advance to the Northwest District Tournament, which begins May 16.