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Ust Upsets Mead Standout Fong Eastlake Sophomore Overcomes Nerves To Come Away With Second-Round Victory

Eastlake’s Sarah Ust sent mild shockwaves through the field of contestants at the State AAA girls tennis tournament with a pair of victories Friday at the Spokane Racquet Club.

The unheralded sophomore defeated Mead High School’s Amy Fong 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 in a hardhitting affair which earned her the right to advance to today’s semifinals. Ust will meet Peggy Wu, a 6-2, 6-0 winner against Joell Standinger of Columbia Basin at 9:30 today.

In today’s other semifinal, top-seeded Zeta Wagner from Kentwood will play third seed Ingrid Bakke from Kent-Meridian.

Ust overcame the anxieties of playing a top seed in her first tournament, defeat fourthranked Sheela Cabiling from Olympic High School 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

Ust said she was intimidated by her first-round matchup, particularly since she had lost to Cabiling earlier in the year. As a result, Ust struggled to maintain her composure and rhythm.

“I was hitting the ball too hard with no control and (Cabiling) was playing a great first set,” she said. “So I had to forget about the first set and play my normal game.”

Ust concentrated on her ball-placement in the second and third sets, using top-spin to keep her shots in. Against Fong, however, Ust had to change her tactics.

“Amy hit the ball really hard, so it wasn’t as easy for me to try and use top-spin,” Ust said.

“I knew her game after playing the first set with her, so I basically just kept the ball in and tried to use pace and placement.

Wagner and Bakke played nearly flawless tennis, as each player dropped just one game in two matches. Wagner defeated Kentridge’s Melisa Biscayno 6-0, 6-1 in the second round and Columbia River’s Tina Wagoner 6-0, 6-0 in the first.

Bakke downed Decatur’s Ariel Johnson 6-1, 6-0 in the second round and Fort Vancouver’s Shayna Cusack 6-0, 6-0 in the first.

The Ferris team of K.C. Richards and Darcy Ruemping advanced with two victories, including 6-4, 6-2 over a pair from Issaquah.