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State tennis primer: Tumwater’s Ty Gentry hoping for state singles three-peat

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WIAA STATE BOYS AND GIRLS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday-Saturday

Class 4A tournaments at Columbia Basin Racquet club, Richland and Hanford HS

Class 3A tournaments at Tri-City Court Club and Kamiakin HS

Class 2A tournaments at Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle

Class 1A/1B/2B tournaments at Yakima Tennis Club

SCHEDULE

Friday — 4A singles from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and 4A doubles from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 3A singles from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and 3A doubles from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2A singles from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and 2A doubles from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 1A/1B/2B singles from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and 1A/1B/2B doubles from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday — 4A singles finals at 2:30 p.m., and 4A doubles finals at 1 p.m. 3A singles finals at 1:30 p.m., and 3A doubles finals at 2:30 p.m. boys/4 p.m. girls. 2A singles finals at noon, and 2A doubles finals at 2 p.m. 1A/2B/1B singles finals at 11 a.m. boys/12:30 p.m. girls. 1A/2B/1B doubles finals at 11 a.m. boys/noon girls.

DEFENDING TEAM CHAMPIONS

4A boys — Lewis and Clark, Olympia (co-champs).

4A girls — Newport.

3A boys and girls — Mercer Island.

2A boys — Shorecrest.

2A girls — Sehome.

1A/1B/2B boys — Charles Wright.

1A/1B/2B girls — Forest Ridge.

RETURNING INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

2A boys singles — Ty Gentry, Tumwater, sr.

1A/1B/2B girls singles — Sasha Cayward, Forest Ridge, jr.

THE SKINNY

It is sort of an odd year for returning state champions. Issaquah’s Jackson Suh, a California commit who made the Class 4A finals the past two seasons, including winning the crown last year, decided not to turn out for the team this spring. And reigning 3A champion Oscar Burney, of Garfield, is playing doubles instead. That leaves Gentry, a University of Oregon signee, as the headline returner. Gentry is vying to become the first player to win three consecutive state singles titles since Interlake’s Connor Garnett (2011-14), who won four titles between 2A and 3A. … When Michelle Lui won four 1A/2B/1B titles at Forest Ridge (2011-14), she passed the baton to a teammate to carry on the tradition — Cayward. Now a junior, Cayward is trying to repeat as 1A/2B/1B girls singles champion. … The Charles Wright Academy boys have captured the team title in seven of the past nine seasons. Defending the crown will be a challenge with only two entries. But senior Griffin Welsh, the 2014 state runner-up, is the favorite in singles. And reigning state doubles runners-up, Dylan and Tyler Sam, are the top returners in their bracket. … Watch out for Olympia junior Jamie Bautista, the 4A West Central District boys singles champion. He was fifth as a ninth-grader in 2014, and fourth last season as a sophomore. He could be a big reason why the Bears repeat as 4A team champions.

Tickets: Admission is free.

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