When a tennis champion is on her game, a third state title comes easy.
Skyview junior Sammi Hampton claimed her third consecutive Class 4A state singles title Saturday in Richland with a routine 6-1, 6-0 win over familiar foe Sabrina Demerath of Inglemoor.
“The three matches before the final I played good,” Hampton said. “The finals match was one of the best matches I have ever played. It was really good.”
It only got better for Greater St. Helens League players.
In the 4A doubles state final, Jen Lewis and Hannah Gianan of Camas won their third consecutive tournament over league rivals Jelena Vidovic and Sydney Wallace of Union.
Lewis and Gianan, the district and bi-district champs, prevailed 6-1, 7-6.
And in 3A singles, Prairie’s Akari Baba placed third after playing 5-plus hours of tennis over two matches Saturday.
Hampton, ranked second in girls 18s in the Pacific Northwest by the United States Tennis Association, had faced Demerath before in USTA leagues.