Three senior tennis players are representing Gig Harbor High in the postseason. Mason Jarvis, the Tides’ No. 1 singles player, placed fourth at the Class 4A Narrows League singles tournament. Joe Kaldestad and Jeremy Schnurman, the Tides’ No. 1 doubles team, took fourth in the Narrows 4A doubles tournament, advancing to the West Central District tournament.
Jarvis advanced to the Class 4A state doubles tournament the past two seasons, and hopes to make it as a singles player this season.
“It’s just something I’ve been practicing a lot over the summer,” Jarvis said. “I was feeling confident about it coming into the season; I felt like I had a good shot of going to state. I just looked to change it up a little bit. I always practiced it a lot more, so it’s just kind of coming back to it.”
Jarvis was pleased with his play in the league tournament.
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“I thought I played really well,” Jarvis said. “I think, obviously things can be improved, especially in my semifinal match I lost. I just have to be working and always striving to be better. That’s what I’m doing this week.”
Despite the strong effort at the league tournament, Jarvis came up short in his attempt to advance to state, falling to Spanaway Lake’s Paul Wasson in his opening match at the district tournament. Although Jarvis battled back to defeat Tahoma’s Brody Magbaleta, he was eliminated, 6-1 and 6-1, by Graham-Kapowsin’s Niko Convento.
For the doubles team, the Tides will go as far as Schnurman’s hard-hitting serves can take them.
“Jeremy’s got a big serve,” Kaldestad said. “When that’s going, he’s going really well.”
Schnurman has been playing tennis most of his life, but Kaldestad has only been playing for a few years. This is the duo’s first year playing together on the doubles team, and they both said they feel like they’ve come a long way in a short period of time.
“Just with our consistency and putting points away,” Kaldestad said. “We played too defensive in the beginning. Now, we’ve kind of taken control and we’re putting points away.”
The increased aggressiveness, combined with Schnurman’s powerful serves, make the duo a tough matchup for opponents. That proved true at the district tournament over the weekend, as the duo fought its way through the loser’s bracket to earn the sixth and final spot to the 4A state tournament.
“I’ve noticed (the aggressiveness) a lot,” Schnurman said. “It’s been important because if you’re on the defensive, you’re being very shy on ground strokes and your serves. We’ve gotten together, we’re playing our game and hitting the ball.”
The pair is feeling good heading into the next stage of the postseason, they said.
“I think we played well (at league),” Kaldestad said. “We’re heading toward the right direction. We don’t want to say we’ve hit a peak, because that assumes a decline. We’ve been getting a lot better toward the end of the season.”