Clark County well represented at 4A state tennis tournament

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant sports editor

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Skyview’s Kent Andreasen summed it up best for all of the Clark County tennis players who shined Saturday at the Class 4A tennis tournament.

“It’s always nice to end a tournament by playing well in your final match,” the Skyview junior said.

Of the seven Clark County entries in the boys and girls, five got to experience exactly what Andreasen was talking about and six went home with medals.

After losing in the quarterfinals Friday, Andreasen bounced back with a pair of straight-set wins, including a 6-0, 6-1 win over Wenatchee’s Clint Vidano for fourth place.

“A lot of the problems I had here were with my mental game,” Andreasen said. “I struggled to keep it together at times. It was nice to come back and play well.”

Battle Ground’s Kylee Tyler-Breimon opened her first state tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Stanwood’s Megan Lalone, the eventual state runner-up. But Tyler Breimon rallied for three wins to take fifth place, with the only bump being a 6-0 dropped set to Annie Vo of Newport in the fifth-place match. Tyler Breimon won the match 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.

“I think I just relaxed a bit in that second set, and (Vo) started playing a lot better,” Tyler-Breimon said. “But I’m glad I was able to get it back in the last set.”

Two Union boys tennis teams played eight match at state and only lost two — one came against the eventual state champions, the other came in a matchup of the two Union teams.

“When you look it at that way, that’s a pretty good tournament,” Union coach Dave Heitsch said. “You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Tommy Foster and Connor Horne of Union lost to Olympia’s Hunter Wood and John Stormans in the semifinals. But they later avenged a loss in the bi-district to Makoa and Kanoa Rosa of Jefferson in the third place match, winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

“Tommy and Connor just kept the ball in play and waited for the other guys to make a mistake,” Heitsch said. “It’s just good, smart doubles tennis.”

After losing to Foster and Horne on Friday, Union’s Jacob Buckley and Mark Bright rallied for two wins and take fourth with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Riley Poppy and Alex Hattemer of Gonzaga Prep.

“I think Jacob and Mark might have been hottest doubles team out there today,” Heitsch said.

Those two placings helped Union tie Wenatchee for second in the boys team standings.

Union freshman Jelena Vidovic ended state with back-to-back losses Saturday, but still left with a sixth-place medal.