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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Oct. 4, 2023

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State tennis: Camas’ Hailey Kerker, Aiden Brasier advance to 4A singles semifinals

Camas and Columbia River doubles teams also reach semifinals

By , Columbian sports staff

Defending Class 4A state girls singles champion Hailey Kerker of Camas rolled into the semifinals on Friday at Kennewick, dropping just one game.

The Papermakers’ sophomore beat Bryn Neal of Richland 6-0, 6-0, and Kristen Kam of Skyline 6-1, 6-0.

Kerker will next play Anya Moravek of Bellarmine on Saturday morning.

Camas sophomore Aiden Brasier reached the 4A boys semfinals, dropping just five games in two straight-set victories.

After a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ben Spitzer of Curtis, Brasier beat Andrew Zhao of Redmond 6-1, 6-3.

Brasier will face Ben Lee of Jackson in the Saturday morning semifinal in Kennewick. The two met in the fifth-place final at state last year with Jackson winning in straight sets.

In girls doubles, the Camas team of Taryn Kerker and Fiona Zou advanced to the semifinals. After beating teammates Chloe Liou and Angela Ye in the first round, Kerker and Zou won their quarterfinal 7-6 (0), 7-5.

2A STATE — Columbia River’s top girls doubles team of Lauren and Sydney Dreves reached the semifinals in Seattle with two straight-set wins. Lauren Dreves won the state titles in doubles last year with Grace Rudi, who graduated.

River’s Olivia Swan and Shaylin Murphy and Washougal’s Jaisa Wilson and Hadley Jones both won first-round matches before losing in the quarterfinals.

3A STATE — It was a rough go for the 3A Greater St. Helens League players at Vancouver Tennis Center.

Just one singles player and one doubles team played twice before being eliminated.

District boys singles champion Kevin Kim of Mountain View went 0-2, but didn’t go down easy in the consolation match. J.D. Drake of Shorewood had to go three sets before prevailing 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.

District girls doubles champions Lexi Frost and Brynn DeSantis of Mountain View lost two matches in straight sets.

All finals at VTC are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and admission is free.