All-Region Girls Tennis Players of the Year
Brittany Ellingsen & Anna Romanovsky, Skyview High School
Friday, June 10, 2011
• Fought off two match points when trailing 5-1 in the third set of the Class 4A state doubles championship match.
• Got that game to deuce, won it, then won the next three to tie the set. After both pairs won a game apiece, Ellingsen and Romanovsky won the tiebreaker, claiming the first state title for the Skyview tennis program.
• The duo won the district title, then finished fifth in the bi-district. They weren’t disappointed with that fifth-place finish because, they said, they accomplished their goal of making it to state.
More about Anna and Brittany
• Favorite movies: Anything Disney for Anna. Brittany goes a little more extreme, with comedies such as “The Hangover” and “Anchorman.”
• Most influential person: “Mr. (Jay) Gowen,” Anna said. “Can we have the same answer for this?” Brittany asked. (Yes). Gowan is a counselor and an assistant coach at Skyview. Both players said he was instrumental in their success.
Next year and beyond
• Ellingsen plans to be a walk-on with the tennis program at Eastern Washington University, where she will study exercise science or physical therapy. Romanovsky is going to Seattle University. Undecided about tennis, she plans on studying humanity for leadership.
“We just wanted to see if it was going to work. It was working, I guess.”
About teaming up with Ellingsen
“I’ve met some great people playing tennis. I absolutely love playing.”
Rest of All-Region team
• Julie Christen, sr. Mountain View: Class 3A district singles champ; first-team all-league.
• Julie Piboonvarangoon, jr., Columbia River: First-team all-league singles; fourth at state doubles.
• Kylee Tyler-Breimon, fr., Battle Ground: District, bi-district singles champ; placed fourth at 4A state.
• Jelena Vidovic, fr., Union: District and bi-district singles runner-up; placed sixth at 4A state.
• Lauren Wetzel, sr., Columbia River: 3A GSHL singles player of the year; fourth at state in doubles.