March 26, 2009 in Sports

GSL Preview Tennis

Boys predicted finish4. Central Valley8. Shadle Park
1. Mead5. Lewis and Clark9. East Valley
2. Gonzaga Prep6. University10. North Central
3. Mt. Spokane7. Ferris11. Rogers
Girls predicted finish4. Ferris8. Mt. Spokane
1. Mead5. Lewis and Clark9. North Central
2. Gonzaga Prep6. Central Valley10. Shadle Park
3. University7. East Valley11. Rogers

Last year’s league champions were Ferris boys and Mead girls, who also tied for first in state. Mead’s boys bring back most of their second-place finishing team in an attempt at a sweep by the school this year. Gonzaga Prep girls, who won seven straight titles between 1997 and 2003 and have four returning All-GSL players, will be in the mix along with University, which lost 4-3 to Mead in its opener. The Ferris boys lost several regulars, putting G-Prep, Mt. Spokane and Central Valley in the likely challengers’ role.

Players to watch

Boys: Mead junior Ethan Vaughn assumes the role of individual favorite with the graduation of state placer Whitman Hough from Ferris. … CV sophomore Peter Ho was a District 8 4A finalist last year. … LC’s Zach Williams was part of the district doubles champions. … Ferris’ Bryce Fager was fourth in district singles. … Justin McClain was District 8 3A finalist as Mt. Spokane had all four singles semifinalists last year.

Girls: Mead sisters Britta and Katijene Stime return after finishing fourth in state doubles. They, along with G-Prep’s Anna Lambert (third in district), U-Hi’s Jessi Steele (fourth) and LC’s Alix Silha, are other key 4A players. Steele lost to Britta Stime in three sets last week. … Mt. Spokane’s Valerie Nauditt was 3A district runner-up last year.

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