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Lewis and Clark tennis team heads to state tournament on a roll

Steve Christilaw Correspondent

Greater Spokane League champion Lewis and Clark all but swept the 4A Eastern Regional boys tennis tournament last weekend in Richland, earning three of the available four state tournament berths.

The Tigers return to Richland today for the State 4A tournament, which will be played at Richland and Hanford high schools as well as the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.

Luke Brittan, who recovered from an abdominal strain to capture the regional title and a No. 1 seed to state, faces Kamiak’s Jimmy Hua in the first round.

Jackson Suh of Issaquah, who lost in last year’s finals, is the top returner from a year ago.

Kyle Fager and Jordan Strandness of LC earned a No.1 seed in boys doubles and open against Alex Olson and Caleb Kim of Jackson in the first round. Strandness and Brittan teamed to win last year’s title.

Teammates Jacob Johnson and Kenny Woodhead, who earned the region’s No. 2 seed, open with Justin Yee and Mark Bajtay of Mountain View.

Regional singles champion Kyra Harames of Central Valley opens the state tournament against Jackson’s Emily Sandquist in the first round.

Mead’s Katie Kuka, the No. 2 seed from the Eastern Regional, opens with Amelia Gogalija from Mountain View in the first round.

Regional doubles champs RiLee Skidmore and Katelyn Schmidt of University face Katie Doucette and Michaela Fitsch of Snohomish in the first round. They would face defending state champs Jen Lewis and Hannah Gianan of Camas in the semifinals.

Second-seeded Hannah Hedrickson and Mary Stoa of Lewis and Clark face Sydney Wallace and McKenzie Schreiner of Union in the first round. Wallace was half of last year’s runner-up doubles team.

2A at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle: Don Arsenev of Clarkston opens the boys singles tournament with Max Shmotolokha of Sehome, who was half of last year’s champion doubles team. Arsenev is seeded to play defending champion Ty Gentry of Tumwater in the semifinals.

Ryan Smedley of Cheney, the No. 2 seed from the Eastern regional tournament, opens against Nishaant Limaye of Shorecrest in the first round.

Pullman’s Jacob Weirich and Curtis Jeffrey face Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley of Squalicum in the first round of the doubles tournament. Colby Savage and Gregory Arthur of Clarkston open against Nick North and Daniel Wacker of Shorecrest.

Cheney’s Katelyn Smedley opens the girls tournament against Danya Wallis of North Kitsap while Clarkston’s Paige Rohrbach opens with Laina Boughal of Tumwater.

Alexa Yadama and Lizzie George of Pullman open the doubles tournament against Jaycee Foster and Hayden Blaser of Centralia.

1B/2B/1A at the Yakima Tennis Club: St. George’s sends three singles players to the state tournament.

Last year’s fourth-place finisher Michael Hamilton faces Eduardo Ceballos of Cle Elum/Roslyn in the first round while Jacob Martin draws defending state champion Jack Katzman of University Prep.

A semifinalist a year ago, Mark Hay plays Zamir Birnbach of Seattle Academy in a rematch of last year’s match for third and fifth places, which Birnbach won 6-1, 6-3.

Niamh Lakewolf of Deer Park opens against Andy Ramos.

St. George’s Colin Cremers, who placed third in last year’s doubles tournament with partner Nathan Furbeyre, returns to state with partner Daniel Gimbel and opens the tourney against Declan Daly and Pranav Harikrishnan of Overlake.

Noah Richmond and Chandler Kirk-Patterson of Chewelah face Keshav Unmat and Rick Chavez of Overlake while Lakeside’s Seth Abrams and Brady Smith face Landon Wilder and Nathan Humphreys of Columbia-Burbank.

Lauren Senske of St. George’s opens the girls singles tournament against Taylor Kelly of Cascade. Rosie Melville of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague faces Ali-Jo Vens of Tenino, Katie DeWulf of Odessa-Harrington takes on Jasmine Nesbitt of King’s Way Christian and Darby Fox of Colville takes on Madeline Bell of La Salle.

State tournament veterans Sonja Marikas and Taylor More of Lakeside open against Katie Ayers and Elizabeth Taborski of Montesano. Chewelah’s Tenika Smith, also a state veteran, opens the tournament with partner Tia Justice against Caroline Busey and Isabella James of La Salle.

Riverside’s Sydney and Abby Spray open against Erin Engebreth and Natalie Hall of Tenino.

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