Thing’s are looking up for Davenport’s Christine Dickson … Erica Perkins of University Prep is on her way to play for the Washington State Cougars.
Perkins defeated Dickson 6-0, 6-0 for the second straight year to win the girls singles title at the State A/B tennis tournament.
The tourney began the day at Ferris High School, but the last six matches had to be completed at Central Park Racquet Club because of inclement weather.
It marked the fourth straight year that Perkins has captured the singles title. She’s the second one to win four high school singles championships in Washington and the 25th player to do it nationwide.
“Four in a row is really neat,” noted Perkins. “I came into the tournament trying to win every point.”
Although she dropped a point here and there, she breezed through the tournament without losing a game.
“Every time out you can learn something new,” said Perkins. “I try to work on my footwork and strengthen my net game. There’s still plenty of things to work on to improve my game.”
For Dickson, just a sophomore, the future looks bright.
“I really like playing her,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. Last year I was really intimidated when I played her. It wasn’t as bad this year. She hits the ball so nice. I’d like to play more consistent. That’s something I’ll have to work on this summer.”
Chris Lewis cruised to the boys singles title for the third straight year. The junior from Bush defeated University Prep’s Scott Fava for the second straight year, this time by a 6-1, 6-3 margin.
“Scott is definitely the most competitive match for me,” said Lewis, who dropped just six games in the tourney.
Lewis credits his concentration and dedication to the game for the success he’s enjoyed in his prep career.
“Those two things are my strengths,” he noted. “I need some work on my serves and my inside game. Hopefully, I’ll be back out here next year to try to win No. 4.”
Brothers Jaime and Matt Frank, who both went undefeated in singles play for Bush this season, teamed up to win the doubles title. They beat Overlake’s Dan Barghelame and Steve Harris 6-1, 6-1.
Connell’s Lee Colclasure and Anthony Jones topped Kiona-Benton’s Brent Unger and Laurens Weststeyn 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a battle for third and fifth place.
Omak’s Justin Grillo and Geoff Pearson beat Foster’s Says Louangphakdy and Eric Johnson 6-3, 6-0 for fourth place.
Medical Lake’s Josh Greene (5th place) dropped a 5-7, 6-2, 5-7 match to Cascade’s Evan McCauley (3rd place) in singles play.
“I’m disappointed with the way I played (against McCauley),” Greene said. “I was hoping for at least a third-place finish. I couldn’t get my serve in and my timing on my forehand was off. That brought down my confidence.”
Greene will play for Gonzaga University next year.
Alex Macheras of Blaine swept Granger’s Alfredo Cardenas 6-3, 7-5 in a match for fourth and sixth places.
Wilson Creek’s Linnaea Freeman and Wanda Freeman beat Omak’s Mandi Taylor and Maria Harriman 7-5, 6-1, to win the girls doubles championship.
Cashmere’s Keri Peterson and Gina Smith (3rd) beat Sanaz Leilabadi and Jamie Keller (5th) of Forest Ridge 6-2, 6-0.
Fourth place went to Forest Ridge’s Erin Whittington and Hillary Whittington, 6-1, 6-1 winners over Friday Harbor’s Libbey Howard and Amanda Phillips (6th).
Liberty Bell’s Jennifer Paluck earned third place in girls singles with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory over Bush’s Tiffany Lewis.
Overlake’s Kajsa Jungaro (4th) was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Blaine’s Russell Paez (6th).
The boys team title went to Bush. University Prep and Wilson Creek shared the girls team title.
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