With the Class 4A state tournament returning to Vancouver, Clark County tennis players showed their ready to represent the region well at state next weekend, even without one of the area’s top players in the mix.
And no place was this more evident than in girls singles as a pair of Clark County freshmen dominated play at the West Central bi-district tournament in Tacoma.
Kylee Tyler-Breimon of Battle Ground and Union’s Jelena Vidovic had a rematch of their district championship match last week, with Tyler-Breimon again coming away with the victory.
Tyler-Breimon scored a 6-3, 7-6 win over Vidovic in the championship match of the bi-district tournament on Friday. Both players will advance as top seeds to the state tournament next weekend at the Vancouver Tennis Center.
The only match in which either player was challenged was that title match. Tyler-Breimon only dropped one game in three matches leading up to the title match, while Vidovic dropped eight.
In total, the 4A Greater St. Helens League sent eight singles and doubles entries to the boys and girls bi-district tournaments, and seven of those entries advanced to state. It likely would have been a perfect eight-for-eight had Union’s Alex Wallace not withdrawn from the tournament.
“The GSHL put a whoop on the West Central player and teams,” Skyview coach Mark Ray said. “Historically, this has been a grinder with (the GSHL) regularly losing our state seeds to stronger (South Puget Sound and Narrow leagues) opponents.
“The tide has turned. The ‘Couv is now feared in Tacoma.”
Skyview advanced both of its girls doubles teams. The Storm’s No. 1 doubles team of Brittany Ellingsen and Anna Romanovsky lost a tough three-set match in the quarterfinals to the eventual bi-district champions, Tess Manthou and Eliana Spero of Kentwood.
But the Skyview pair won three straight matches in the consolation matches to place fifth and earn a trip to state.
Skyview’s Tara Carrie and Kristina Metz reached the semifinals before dropping two matches to place fourth and earn a state berth.
In the boys tournament, Skyview’s Kent Andreasen got a preview of what awaits him next week at state. The 4A state runner-up last year, Andreasen won three straight-set matches before losing to Federal Way freshman Mitch Stewart 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the singles final.
Stewart has had an impressive season, and Friday’s match could be a potential state tournament final matchup.
In doubles, Union’s Tommy Foster and Connor Horne won their first two matches to reach the semifinals before dropping their last two matches and placing fourth. Teammates Jacob Buckley and Mark Bright had to win two consolation matches to finish sixth and earn a trip to state.
Woodland out — The defending Class 2A state champion Woodland softball team will not be returning to state.
The Beavers beat Tumwater 3-2 in their first consolation game Friday at the 2A district tournament in Central. But a huge offensive output by Aberdeen led the Bobcats to an 11-8 in the third-place game, ending Woodland’s season.
A two-run double by Makayla Lefever game Woodland an early 2-1 lead over Aberdeen. But the Bobcats struck for three runs in the third and blew the game open with a six-run fourth.
Woodland was able to get back with 10-6 on Emily Holt’s two-run single in the fifth.
Aberdeen added a run in the sixth. Woodland scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before Aberdeen secured the win.