Wednesday’s Girls Tennis: Three Bearcats Advance as W.F. West Wins Sub-Districts

By The Chronicle
TUMWATER – W.F. West left the Sub-District Tournament here Wednesday evening with a team championship in hand and at least three girls heading on to Districts
The Bearcats took the Sub-District Title with a team score of 28. Tumwater placed second with 16 team points while Centralia, Aberdeen and Black Hills all tied with six points each.
On Wednesday, the second day of the two-day tournament, the Bearcats were set up so well that they wound up with two teammates squaring off in the singles championship match. In that contest, Sydney Cameron defeated fellow Bearcat Joelle Chung by scores of 6-2, 6-1.
“In singles, the scores are a little deceiving but there were lots of really good long points,” said W.F. West coach Jack State. “Sydney was just a little more consistent. The games would be long but Sydney just did enough to pull out the wins.”
State added that the familiar matchup was a welcome draw for both players.
“The kids both said it was kind of relaxing playing each other. It was a lot less nerve wracking than playing another player from another team,” said State.
In championship doubles action, Megan Wilks and Mya Davis of W.F. West fell to Sophia Koelsch and Abby Bond of Tumwater in three sets. Wilks and Davis took the first set 7-6 but then dropped the next two sets 7-5, 6-4.
Despite the loss, State was still enthused by the duo’s performance in the tournament.
“Having that many people make it to the finals is really good,” said State.
On the consolation side of the bracket, Morgan Lakey and Jisu Han began their day with a loss to Carissa Kaut and Rachel Wilkerson of Centralia. Those Tigers began the tournament as the number three seeded duo and they downed their Bearcat challengers by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.
“Wilkerson and Kaut played really well,” said State. “I thought our kids played really well, too. They just had some great returns and our kids couldn’t get anything going.”
Wilkerson and Kaut went on to defeat a duo from Black Hills, 6-3, 6-3, to earn third place.
However, like a tennis ball with all its fuzz, Lakey and Han were poised to bounce back and they later defeated Ari Kee and Josie Grim of Tumwater by scores of 6-2 and 7-6.
Cameron, Wilks and Davis will move on to represent W.F. West at the District Tournament while Lakey and Han will serve as alternates. Chung has opted out of contention due to a religious conflict that prevents her from competing on Saturdays. Kaut and Wilkerson of Centralia also qualified for the District tournament.
The 2A District IV tournament will be held at Mint Valley in Longview on May 18 & 19.

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