WIAA STATE BOYS AND GIRLS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 4A tournament at Columbia Basin Racquet Club, Richland
Class 3A tournament Tri-City Court Club, Kennewick
Class 2A tournament at Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle
Class 1A/2B/1B tournament at West Valley HS, Yakima
Schedules: 4A Friday – Girls singles and boys doubles start at 8:30 a.m. Boys singles and girls doubles start at 10 a.m. 4A Saturday – All action begins at 8:30 a.m., with both doubles finals set for 1 p.m., and both singles finals set for 2:30 p.m.
3A Friday - Girls singles and boys doubles start at 8:30 a.m. Boys singles and girls doubles start at 10 a.m. 3A Saturday - All action begins at 8:30 a.m., with both doubles finals set for noon, and both singles finals set for 1:30 p.m.
2A Friday – All singles and doubles matches start at 8 a.m. 2A Saturday – All action begins at 8 a.m., with all the finals matches set for 1 p.m.
1A/2B/1B Friday – Girls singles and girls doubles start at 8:30 a.m. Boys doubles start at 9:30 a.m. Boys singles start at 11 a.m. 1A/2B/1B Saturday – All girls singles and doubles action begins at 8:30 a.m., with boys doubles at 9:30 a.m. and boys singles at 10 a.m. The girls singles and doubles finals are set for 11 a.m., with the boys doubles final set for noon, and the boys singles finals set for 12:30 p.m.
Defending boys team champions: 4A – Newport of Bellevue. 3A – Mercer Island. 2A – Lindbergh. 1A/2B/1B – Charles Wright Academy.
Defending girls team champions: 4A – Skyview. 3A – Mercer Island. 2A – West Valley of Yakima. 1A/2B/1B – Cashmere.
Returning individual champions: 4A girls singles – Sammi Hampton, Skyview. 3A boys singles – Connor Garnett, Interlake. 3A girls doubles – Gabrielle Vendetii and Lydia Vendetti, Mercer Island. 2A girls singles – Chloe Goyette, West Valley of Yakima. 1A/2B/1B boys doubles – Phillip Grenley and Teddy Grenley, Charles Wright Academy. 1A/2B/1B girls singles – Michelle Lui, Forest Ridge. 1A/2B/1B girls doubles – Tasha Kowatsch and Sammy O’Bryan, Cashmere.
Skinny: When two-time defending 4A boys singles champion Mitch Stewart, of Federal Way, decided to concentrate on track instead of tennis as a senior, that opened up the state bracket. Garfield’s Oscar Burney lost to Stewart in last year’s state semifinals and figures to be the favorite, but don’t forget about Jefferson’s Alex Chan, who placed fifth last year. … The top-ranked singles’ recruits for 2015 happen to be on pace for four state titles. Garnett won the 2A boys title in 2012 as a ninth grader, then the 3A crown after his school moved up a classification. Hampton, the reigning two-time 4A girls champion, has only dropped two sets in two-plus seasons – both in the state finals (defeated Stanwood’s Megan Lalone, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in 2012, and Newport of Bellevue’s Angela Chen, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 last season). … Can the sister power keep it going in 3A girls doubles? The Vendetti sisters hope so. In 2012, Prairie’s Akari and Shiori Baba were the winners. … Capital’s Ty Gentry came close to capturing the 2A boys singles title as a ninth grader last season, losing to Sehome’s Avery West. He is the top returning state placer, but could get tested by Lindbergh’s Alan Kwiatowski, the West Central District champion who was part of the Eagles’ state-winning doubles tandem with Sam Bayna last season. … Lui, a Seattle University signee, is going for her fourth 1A girls singles title. She chose the Redhawks over Santa Clara and Cal Poly. … Last season, the twin Grenley brothers won their second consecutive 1A/2B/1B doubles titles as sophomore. Their highlight? Doubling the total of state titles their father, Rob, won as a singles player for the Tarriers.
Tickets: Free admission.