Chymcakova in 3A semis
North Central’s Karin Chymcakova won both of her first-day matches at the State 3A championships Friday at the Vancouver Tennis Center to advance to this morning’s semifinals.
The 18-year-old exchange student had little trouble with Juanita’s Maria Jouravleva in the quarterfinals, winning 6-1, 6-2.
Earlier, she breezed past Bremerton’s Bre Casias, 6-0, 6-0.
“It’s an obligation to my mom,” Chymcakova said after the two wins, and after texting her mom at home in Slovakia. “She expects a lot from me because I’ve won all my matches so far.”
Nationally ranked in her age group at home, Chymcakova has not lost a match or a set in her one and only high school season at North Central.
While not challenged much on Friday, Chymcakova said she did have to pick up her game.
“The competition is much more like I’m used to at home,” she said of the state tournament.
She faces Bainbridge Island’s Sasha Carter in her semifinal.
East Valley’s girls doubles team of Alyssa Dorr and Bryce Combs lost twice and was eliminated.
On the boys side, Mt. Spokane’s Justin McClain’s state tournament also ended with two losses.
No players from Greater Spokane League schools made it out of the first day of State 4A play in Kennewick without a loss.
Mead’s Ethan Vaughn and Katijene Stime and Central Valley’s Leslie Ho won their opening matches but fell in their second matches.
Vaughn beat Scott McConnell of Shorewood 6-2, 6-0, then lost to Max Manthou of Kentwood 6-6, 6-3. He defeated Nick Noronha of Bellarmine Prep 6-3. 6-0 to reach the consolation semis.
Stime opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Averi Kitsch of Thomas Jefferson, then lost to Corrine Wurden of Central Kitsap 6-3, 6-4. Today she plays Amie Vo of Newport (Bellevue).
Ho rallied to defeat Alis VanGrunsven of Skykine 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, then lost to Megan LaLone of Stanwood 6-2, 6-3. Next up for Ho is Katelyn Orchard of Olympia.
Gonzaga Prep’s Alex Marcinkowski and the team of Chelsea Motzer and Lani Sherman (Mead) are alive in the consolation brackets. The doubles teams of Tom Geranious and Marshal McNally (Ferris) lost twice.
Two Clarkston doubles teams and a Deer Park boy are two wins away from state titles.
Alejandro Canseco of Deer Park will face Will Topp of Sehome today in the semifinals in Seattle. Canseco opened his tournament by beating Joe Puntenney of Sequim 6-0, 7-5, then beat Aaron Porter of Ellensburg 3-6, 7-5, 10-3.
Katie Servatius and Katie Van Cleave, and Derek Young and Nick Van Cleave are also in today’s semis, both playing teams from Bellingham.
Clarkston’s Dustin McConnell and Drew Adams are in the boys singles consolation semis, and Bantams girls Elise Rooney and KC McConnell, who eliminated Kaley Fox of Colville, are in the girls consolation semis.
The Pullman doubles team of Sam Scad and Nishant Dwivedi reached the consolation semis while Clarkston’s Jace Kessler and Shawn Callahan were eliminated after winning their first match.
Roni Hewett and Kellie McCann-Smith of Clarkson are in the girls doubles consolation semis. West Valley’s Ann Phan and Dru Sanchez won their opener then lost twice.
Davenport’s Miranda Mielke is in the state semifinals after two three-set wins in Yakima.
Mielke beat Olga Vitruk of the Seattle Academy 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in her opener, then topped Naches Valley’s Larisa Fossum 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Next she faces Brittany Webster of Brewster.
Sowmya Mangipudi of St. George’s reached the girls singles semis while Nik Vishwanath of St. George’s and Davenport’s Jarod Gunning are in the boys singles consolation semis. The Freeman doubles team of Katie Bauer and Blair Riddle reached the girls doubles consolation semis.